Living in the world’s driest continent, we need to understand how climate change is impacting us and how we can live more sustainably. As climate change continues to impact our state in several ways, including an increase in average annual temperatures, more extreme weather events and significant changes to rainfall, it’s never been more important to become aware of its effects on where we live.

Because Western Australia has large climate variability, the effects of climate change in WA can vary across our expansive regions, which can often lead to a lack of understanding of how it’s impacting us as individuals. Some changes, however, can be seen across most of WA, such as the increase in fire risk.

Already one of the most fire-prone regions in the world, Western Australia’s fire risk has increased over the past 4 decades due to climate change, and fire seasons have lengthened due to warming and drying conditions. We have also experienced changes in sea levels, with the rate of sea-level rise on the west coast almost 3 times the global average.

Right now, we have genuine opportunities to transform the way we live and reduce our water use and carbon footprint. With increased variability of water availability around the state, it has never been more important to save our precious resource – water.

In this section, you can find out how climate change in WA is impacting where you live and learn how we are shifting to climate independent water sources, sustainable water practices and reducing water use so that we can continue to enjoy all the things that make WA a great place to live.

 

Climate change news

12 Aug 2021 | Update

Groundwater isn't being replenished as it once was, affecting local wildlife

Declining groundwater levels are threatening the habitat of some native species.

  • Water sources
  • Climate change
Image of lady walking with a pram by the water at Picnic Cove Park in Joondalup
24 Nov 2020 | Update

Planting for the future – helping the Carnaby’s cockatoo soar to new heights

Water Corporation is rehabilitating feeding grounds for the critically endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoo. Revegetation also helps to protect and recharge the Gnangara groundwater system.

  • Environment
  • Climate change
  • Community
Water Corporation CEO Pat Donovan and DBCA staff member Mitch Borgogno.
04 Nov 2020 | Update

Perth a growing city with declining rainfall – adapting to the new normal

Meet our environmental scientist Vanessa Moscovis and learn how her team has been planning climate-resilient water sources to secure Perth’s future.

  • Climate change
  • Wastewater
Perth Western Autralia