26 September 2023

DPIE website heats up for global warming

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The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has given its AdaptNSW website a new look to help the community get ready for and adapt to the coming impacts of climate change.

Executive Director of Climate Change and Sustainability at DPIE, Kate Wilson said the website was the leading source of credible information on climate change for NSW and included new climate information and resources, risk guides, checklists and inspirational case studies.

“These are designed to help households, community groups, business and Government prepare and respond to the very real impacts of climate change,” Dr Wilson said.

“Critically, it shows society how it can respond to challenges from droughts and heatwaves to floods and bushfire providing practical material to help us all to be more aware of how climate change will affect day-to-day life and what we value,” she said.

“Local Councils and businesses, small and large, can use the information on the AdaptNSW website to identify and manage climate risks and their employees’ health and safety.”

Dr Wilson said the new website had a deeper focus on presenting people with everything they needed to increase their awareness about how climate change would affect them and their ability to take action.

She said climate change impacts were incredibly diverse, from increasing temperatures that affected people’s way of life in urban areas to the impacts of flooding on infrastructure.

“NSW’s average temperature has already increased by 1.4 degrees since national records began in 1910, showing some climate change is already locked in,” the Executive Director said.

“We’re working to manage these impacts, producing hazard maps and reports for key hazards, such as extreme temperature and rainfall, bushfire, drought and heat, to help decision makers understand and better manage risks,” Dr Wilson said.

The new AdaptNSW website can be accessed at this PS News link.

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