Ian Dunlop

Ian Dunlop is a senior Advisory Board member of the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration. He was formerly an international oil, gas and coal industry executive, chair of the Australian Coal Association and CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is co-author of “What Lies Beneath: the understatement of existential climate risk”, and of the Club of Rome’s “Climate Emergency Plan

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Towards an unliveable planet: Climate’s 2023 annus horribilis

The heat and extreme climate records of 2023 shocked scientists. So where are we heading? Given current trends, the world will zoom past 2°C of warming and the Paris climate goal of limiting warming to 1.5-2°C.

February 9, 2024

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Humanity’s new era of “global boiling”: Climate’s 2023 annus horribilis

With devastating extreme heat and storms and floods, 2023 was the first year 1.5°C warmer than the 1850-1900 baseline, and both Antarctic sea-ice loss and record northern hemisphere sea-surface temperatures were way beyond the ranges projected by climate models.

February 7, 2024


1.5 degrees Paris climate target not ‘safe or appropriate’ given climate tipping point risks, ‘major rethink’ required: new report

Climate tipping points in the Antarctica, the Arctic and the Amazon are at risk of being reached before or at the current level of global warming of 1.2 degrees Celsius, requiring a “major rethink” of global climate goals and the action necessary to achieve them, according to a recent report.

May 25, 2022

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Central bankers’ “net zero 2050” scenarios fail on risk basics

This extract examines the “net zero 2050” (NZ2050) scenarios produced by the central bankers’ Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) and finds they are not adequately addressing the real risks and uncertainties of climate change.

August 16, 2021

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Net-zero emissions by 2050: Leadership or climate colonialism?

In Lewis Carroll’s words: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

But we do know: it is net-zero emissions by 2030, not 2050.

November 3, 2020

Climate Reality Check 2020

What must climate and energy policy really achieve? It’s time for a …Climate Reality Check 2020

The Australian Government is dangerously out-of-touch as climate change accelerates and a cascade of tipping points risks unstoppable global warming.

October 14, 2020

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