Government steps up its information campaign
Story Added : 17th June 2011
An updated fact sheet called Climate Change Potential Impacts and Costs was released yesterday by Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet showing the Government’s latest scientific advice.
“The potential impacts around the states and territories range from an increase in the proportion of tropical cyclones which fall into the more intense categories in Queensland to adverse impacts on Tasmania’s aquaculture industries from warmer ocean temperatures,” Mr Combet said.
“In NSW climate change is expected to contribute to an increase in the number of extreme bushfire days in parts of the state, while in Victoria there are likely to be serious impacts on water resources in the southern Murray Darling Basin.”
According to Mr Combet, WA could potentially experience an 80 per cent increase in the incidence of drought by 2070, with Perth the most severely affected city in Australia by climate change-induced water scarcity.
Mr Combet said the Government is making a wide range of information available on the potential impacts of climate change so communities can start planning to manage the impacts.
“We can avoid the worst of these impacts if we take action now to tackle climate change including by introducing a carbon price,” he said.