What is climate change?

The Earth's climate has changed over the last century. Increases in average temperatures have been seen around the globe and there is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed in the last 50 years is due to human activities.

While climate change is a global issue, it will affect us all. Climate change has the potential to adversely affect our environment, our communities and our economy unless we take action now to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts.

Climate change will alter global and local climates. In Victoria, this means a warmer and drier future, with an increasing likelihood of more extreme events such as heatwaves, bushfires and storm surges.

This Section explains climate change science in simple terms.

Future climate

Find out how the climate in each region of Victoria will change under different greenhouse emission scenarios.

Adapting to change

Climate change is already happening. The weather and many parts of our lives will be impacted. Climate change adaptation is about what can be done differently to manage that change.