Social impacts and implications of climate change for transport, land use, and planning in Australian cities

Author(s): Glover, Leigh
All authors:
Glover, L.
Host organisation: CoE Melbourne, Australia
Country: Australia
Publication year: 2007
Published in:
Just Policy, No. 46: 45—51.
Research theme: Environment and Climate Change, Policy and Planning
social impacts, climate change, Australia, land use, policy development
Research article
Observations of Australian public policy responses to climate change reveal a complex mixture of priorities, activities, explanations, and rationales, with not only significant differences between major stakeholders but also between the three spheres of Australian government. Concern over the national economic implications of climate change has been central to national policy responses, while the policy reaction to the implications for natural systems and social values is far less clear. Contradictions and deep schisms characterise the public policy response to climate change, and while no important public policy can be without these features to some degree, climate change presents a particularly challenging case for analysis. This article reviews what is known about the social impacts and implications of climate change for transport, land use, and planning in Australian cities, discusses key issues, and offers conclusions about future policy development (noting that several overlapping issues, such as water resources, are covered elsewhere in this journal). Central to this article is an inclusive view of the socio-economic consequences of climate change, namely that the total impacts of climate change are wider than the direct effects of a warming global climate (and associated changes, such as rising sea levels). Using research for comprehensively evaluating the socio-economic consequences of climate change involves assessing the (positive and negative) impacts of climate change, adaptations to climate change (both autonomous and policy-driven), and the efforts at mitigating emissions; collectively these produce the direct 'social consequences of climate change'.
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