"The findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggest
Australia may have to jettison tracts of the bush unless there is a massive
investment in climate-change adaptation and planning.
The potential impacts of climate change on employment and the livability of the
regions have not been adequately considered. Even if emissions are curtailed,
Australia likely faces billions of dollars of adaptation costs for rural
As the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (published last month) makes clear, the
climate will change regardless of any mitigation actions taken now.
Even under its modest conservative projections, worldwide temperatures will
rise by 1.5℃. That may not sound like much, but it will double the frequency of
droughts — from once every 10 years to once every five.
Worse still, a 2℃ temperature rise — also a likely outcome without substantial
emission reductions — will make droughts 2.5 times more frequent."
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