Climate change could wipe billions off property market


Climate change could wipe over $570 billion off the Australian property market, according to a new report from the Climate Council.

“The property market is expected to lose $571 billion in value by 2030 due to climate change and extreme weather, and will continue to lose value in the coming decades if emissions remain high,” said climate risk expert and report author, Dr Karl Mallon.

“This is the largest analysis of property risk from climate change ever undertaken in Australia and uses the latest data from our universities,” he said.

The Compound Costs report concluded that climate change poses a major threat to the country’s financial stability and represents a serious risk to Australia’s broader economy.

“Some Australians will be catastrophically affected by climate change. Low-lying properties near rivers and coastlines are particularly at risk,” said Dr Mallon.

“Increasingly, Australians are also going to struggle to pay for home insurance. On current trends, by 2030, one in every 19 property owners faces the prospect of insurance premiums that will be effectively unaffordable,” he said.

“Even for Australians who can afford to pay, general insurance currently does not cover damage from coastal inundation and erosion: events which are likely to become more common because of climate change,” said Dr Mallon.

Other key report findings:

  • Climate change is worsening extreme events like heatwaves and floods affecting agriculture and food production; this will cost us much more in future.

  • Previous severe droughts have reduced Australia’s Gross Domestic Product by around 1%; estimates suggest that increasing drought frequency and impacts in the future may reduce GDP by 1% every year.

  • On current trends, reduced agricultural and labour productivity as a result of climate change is projected to cost Australia $19 billion by 2030 and $211 billion by 2050.

  • The Murray-Darling Basin currently produces half of Australia’s irrigated agricultural output, including cotton, rice and dairy. This is worth around $7.2 billion per year. By 2050, the irrigated output in the Basin is projected to halve if emissions remain at high levels.

  • By 2090, wheat yields on the 4,200 family farms in WA that produce half of Australia’s wheat are projected to fall by 41-49 percent if greenhouse gas emissions remain high.

The full report can be found here.

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