The IPCC 6th Assessment Report’s stark message, ‘Code red for humanity’ has catapulted climate change to the front pages more than ever before and spurred a new global urgency on adaptation and mitigation. The urban water industry, and indeed the world, is poised at a critical juncture to avert the current trajectory
This paper represents the first time the full range of impacts of climate change on water utilities in Australia and New Zealand, and the breadth and diversity of their climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience strategies have been brought together in one place. It illustrates how the urban water industry is impacted now by climate change and extreme events, our role in emissions generation, and how we are responding and becoming more resilient.
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