CSIRO Climate Book

Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia

This publication provides the latest scientific knowledge as at 2011 on a series of climate change topics relevant to Australia and the world. It draws on peer-reviewed literature contributed to by thousands of researchers.

This is a free book available in two formats: Portable Document Format [PDF], which is optimised for reading on a computer screen; and as an eBook format [EPUB], which is optimised use with mobile and specific eReader devices.

Editors: Helen Cleugh, Mark Stafford Smith, Michael Battaglia, and Paul Graham. 2011. Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia. CSIRO PUBLISHING, 168 pp.


Climate change is the greatest ecological, economic, and social challenge of our time.

Climate change research over many years shows links between human activities and warming of the atmosphere and oceans. This warming has caused changes to the climate system, such as changes in rain and wind patterns, and reductions in Arctic sea ice.

Climate change adaptation involves taking action to adapt to climate change and to plan and prepare for the risk of future change.

Climate change mitigation refers to actions that aim to limit greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, either by reducing emissions or by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in natural sinks.


This book is an accessible guide to underpin decisions that need to be made in business, in government, and in general to respond to the challenges of climate change. It is an important resource for:

  • business community leaders
  • federal, state and local government members
  • researchers and academics involved or interested in climate change science, adaptation and mitigation
  • educators and media
  • general public with an interest in climate change science.

Download the book

The complete up-to-date version of this book is available for download at: http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6558.htm

You can also browse the contents of the book and download individual chapters at http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/220/issue/6210.htm

Other relevant books

See also CSIRO’s Biodiversity book: http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Environment/Biodiversity/Biodiversity-book

And CSIRO’s Water book: http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Environment/Water/Water-Book