Call for submissions on Senate inquiry into climate change impacts
The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee has called for submissions to its wide-ranging inquiry into current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure.
The inquiry will take into account:
recent and projected changes in sea level rises, and storm surge intensity;
recent and projected changes in temperature and precipitation;
recent and projected changes in extreme weather, including heatwaves, bushfires, floods, and cyclones;
recent and projected changes in natural coastal defence systems including coral reefs, kelp and mangrove forests;
the impact of these changes on the vulnerability of infrastructure in coastal areas;
the impact of these changes on water supply and sewage treatment systems;
the impact of these changes on transportation, including railways, roads and airports;
the impact of these changes on energy infrastructure, including generators and transmission and distribution lines;
the impact of these changes on health, education and social services infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and aged care;
the impact of these changes on private and public housing;
the impact of these changes on public recreation and tourism facilities;
the impact on financing and insurance arrangements for housing, buildings and infrastructure;
the adequacy of current state and Commonwealth policies to assess, plan and implement adaptation plans and improved resilience of infrastructure; and
any other related matters.
Submissions are due by July 21, 2017.