At 2.5ºC we will lose the Great Barrier Reef, large parts of Kakadu and some of our agricultural production, particularly in southern Australia. There will be a 10% increase in the risk of bush fires, and more intense storms and cyclones. Our capital cities will have to deal with ongoing water shortages. Road maintenance costs are predicted to increase by 17% (so expect many more potholes!). For the NSW North Coast, it is predicted that there will be more extreme weather events. There will be:
longer periods of drought, fuelling large bushfires and threatening food supplies; -more intense storm events and larger floods but perhaps a general decline in annual rainfall;
more infections with insect-borne diseases, such as Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses; and
more damage to coastal infrastructure due to a combination of sea level rise and storm surges.
Millions of people in low lying countries will be affected as sea level rises. By mid century, it is predicted that up to 90,000 of our near neighbours in the Pacific islands will be exposed to annual flooding. In Bangladesh, 20 million people are expected to lose their homes.
In 2001, Tuvalu requested that Australia commit to accepting 50% of its population in recognition of the impact of climate change on this vulnerable nation. The Australian Government, led by John Howard, refused. This was an indefensible position – with the highest greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the world, Australians have a responsibility towards those most affected by climate change.
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