An assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation for the Torres Strait Islands, Australia

  title={An assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation for the Torres Strait Islands, Australia},
  author={Donna Green and Lisa V. Alexander and Kathy Mclnnes and John Alexander Church and Neville Nicholls and Neil White},
  journal={Climatic Change},
Adaptive practices are taking place in a range of sectors and regions in Australia in response to existing climate impacts, and in anticipation of future unavoidable impacts. For a rich economy such as Australia’s, the majority of human systems have considerable adaptive capacity. However, the impacts on human systems at the intra-nation level are not homogenous due to their differing levels of exposure, sensitivity and capacity to adapt to climate change. Despite past resilience to changing… 

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  • N. HallL. Crosby
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    International journal of environmental health research
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  • J. PatzS. Olson
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    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2006
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