Global Environmental Change and Sustainability
In a time of global environmental change as confirmed by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report AR5 2013, it is crucial to include the impact of global changes in climate on regional ecologically sustainable economic development of our coast and oceans.
In such an era of global environmental change a ‘climate change-inclusive’ approach to regional resource developments is not just a matter of making use of emissions reporting.
Built into resource developments should be inclusion of mitigating against the impact changes in global climate has on the regional environment in which resource developments occur, ensuring any risk to the environment from a resource activity is reduced to As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP).
Global environmental change needs to be accounted for within environmental risk assessment, which is a legislative and regulatory requirement of activity approvals documentation for exploration, construction and production, and decommissioning life cycles of resource development activities that often occur over many decades including accounting for:
- World on course to break 2C target by 2100
- Sea levels to continue to rise in 21st century
- Warming of climate system ‘unequivocal’
- Human influence on climate is ‘clear’
- Polar ice sheets have lost mass in past two decades
- Atmospheric CO2 concentrations ‘unprecedented’
- Climate models have improved since AR4
- Oceans to continue to warm and acidify
- Global carbon budget for sub 2C = 800-880 gigaton carbon
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Headline IPCC 2013 report statements from the Summary for Policy Makers: