"Imagine, for a moment, a different kind of Australia. One where bushfires on
the catastrophic scale of Black Summer happen almost every year. One where 50℃
days in Sydney and Melbourne are common. Where storms and flooding have
violently reshaped our coastlines, and unique ecosystems have been damaged
beyond recognition – including the Great Barrier Reef, which no longer exists.
Frighteningly, this is not an imaginary future dystopia. It’s a scientific
projection of Australia under 3℃ of global warming – a future we must both
strenuously try to avoid, but also prepare for.
The sum of current commitments under the Paris climate accord puts Earth on
track for 3℃ of warming this century. Research released today by the Australian
Academy of Science explores this scenario in detail.
The report, which we co-authored with colleagues, lays out the potential damage
to Australia. Unless the world changes course and dramatically curbs greenhouse
gas emissions, this is how bad it could get."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics