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Local government climate change mitigation and adaptation ranking assessment

Kole, A and Ellison, JC ORCID: 0000-0003-0692-8347 2018 , 'Local government climate change mitigation and adaptation ranking assessment' , International Journal of Global Warming, vol. 16, no. 4 , pp. 461-484 , doi: 10.1504/IJGW.2018.095997.

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Climate change awareness in local areas is critical, and this study assessed levels of mitigation and adaptation of local government areas (LGAs), across the rural/urban State of Tasmania. Fourteen indicators were developed in the sectors of energy, transport, awareness, and physical carbon sinks, and allocated quantitative parameters for ranking. Results were mapped using geographical information systems software. Higher energy results occurred on the two large northern islands both with solar and wind generation facilities, and around some cities with energy efficient street lighting systems. Highest transport scores occurred in the remote west, and around most cities, but mostly not in agricultural areas. Higher awareness levels and overall scores were found around city areas. Higher physical scores resulted from community tree plantings and carbon sequestering vegetation. This study shows how geographic trend mapping can improve understanding of spatial differences in climate change mitigation and adaptation, to improve prioritised allocation of assistance policy.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kole, A and Ellison, JC
Keywords: mitigation, climate change, local government area, LGA, ranking
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Global Warming
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
ISSN: 1758-2083
DOI / ID Number: 10.1504/IJGW.2018.095997
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Copyright 2018 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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