Climate Institute of Australia

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The Climate Institute of Australia is a policy think-tank established in 2005 to encourage progressive policies for managing climate change in Australia. The board consists of a mixture of both academics and business people drawn from rural, scientific and business backgrounds.

Funding for the Institute is provided by the Poola Foundation's Tom Kantor fund. The current cycle of funding is for five years at a rate of approximately A$2 million per annum.[1][2]

Recent research work by the institute includes modelling Australia's ability to reach Kyoto protocol targets, and examining the financial impacts of delayed climate change action. The Institute also runs a large community consultation program which has examined issues such as Australian religious groups position on Climate Change.[3] A 2007 report published by the Institute highlighted the increased risks from extreme bushfire seasons.[4]

Board of directors[edit]

  • Mr John Connor, CEO, The Climate Institute
  • Mr Mark Wootton, (Chair) Farmer and Director, Poola Foundation
  • Dr. Hugh Saddler, Managing Director, Energy Strategies Pty Ltd
  • Dr. Graeme Pearman, Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
  • Professor Tony McMichael, Director, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population[5]
  • Mr Adam Kilgour, Managing Director, Diplomacy Pty Ltd
  • Mr Andrew Demetriou, CEO, Australian Football League
  • Ms Susan Jeanes, CEO, Renewable Energy Generators of Australia
  • Ms Sam Meers, CEO, Managing Director and a trustee of the Nelson Meers Foundation
  • Ms Clare Martin, Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University's Northern Institute

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". The Climate Institute. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Karen Percy (27 October 2005). "Carr concerns overshadow Climate Institute launch". The World Today (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ Luke Fenney (27 September 2007). "Australia should prepare for 'catastrophic' fires". The Australia (News Limited). Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Professor Tony McMichael". National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 

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