Mining and Climate Change
This chapter argues that the relationship between a changing natural environment and the mining industry remains strong, but is greatly undervalued. In the absence of robust localised climate modelling and experiential knowledge that can help devise strategic climate management plans, ongoing performance as well as future viability of the mining sector remain under a significant climate threat worldwide. More research is needed to better understand, not only the differentiated nature of impacts from varied climatic changes (from droughts to floods to bush fires) across various stages of the mining lifecycle, but also how these impacts may lead to different consequences across various geographical regions. To this end, I identify five key areas to strengthen the mining industry’s understanding of climate change. First, recognise the complexity and inter-linkages that underlie climate change. Second, recognise that climate is a relative, not an absolute risk. Three, leadership is important in order to promote a behavioural change in both employers and employees. Fourth, develop open and flexible institutions. Finally, begin to develop a repository of knowledge on climate change, its impact on the industry and successful mitigation strategies.
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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
International Council on Mining and Metals
Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry
Southern Oscillation Index
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