NSW Climate Update 2021

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2020 was a year full of uncertainties. While the devastating 2019/20 fires that tore down the east coast placed a spotlight on Australia’s failure to address climate change, focus quickly shifted to the coronavirus pandemic that was rapidly spreading around the world.

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc and dominate news cycles, it’s crucial we take stock of the current state of climate change. What climate impacts have we witnessed in the past year and who has been most impacted? Are we on track to meet our climate targets? What can we do to respond more effectively?

Bringing together policymakers, industry, researchers and the wider community the NSW Climate Update 2021 will present a locally-focused snapshot of the latest climate research. Hear from climate experts and those working on the front-line of the transition to a low carbon economy, as they discuss newly released data on the climate throughout 2020, continuing climate impacts on Indigenous communities, and the energy transition in NSW.

This event is co-presented by the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, and the Australian National University Climate Change Institute.


- Prof Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute: Global Climate Overview 2020 (PDF 1.69MB)
- Minister Matt Kean, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment: Energy transition in NSW
- Georgina Woods, Hunter Jobs Alliance: Community-based transition alliances and actions
- Prof Jakelin Troy, Director of Indigenous Research, USYD: Climate impacts on indigenous communities, and responses
- Prof David Schlosberg, Director, Sydney Environment Institute (Chair)