Landmark climate change report released
Story Added : 24th May 2011
Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, welcomed the release, saying urgent action was required to secure the nation’s economy, jobs and the environment.
“The report makes clear that there is no doubt the climate is changing, we are already seeing impacts and human activities are triggering these changes,” Mr Combet said.
“Bringing down carbon pollution levels is critically important to our children’s future – it is about ensuring they have a healthy environment to live in, and new high skill jobs for their work.”
The report said that in the past 50 years the number of record hot days in Australia has more than doubled, increasing the risk of heat waves and associated deaths as well as extreme bush fire weather.
It also reported that sea levels have risen by 20cm globally since the late 1800s, impacting many coastal communities. Adding another 20cm by 2050 would more than double the risk of coastal flooding.
“This is why the next decade is critical for getting the global economy on a less carbon intensive pathway,” Mr Combet said.
For more information visit climatecommission.govspace.gov.au