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NEWS: Australian Government says "Don't Panic" Over Climate Changes Report

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posted on Jul, 26 2005 @ 04:58 AM
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A report released into Climate change predicting ocean surges, higher temperatures, threats to water supplies and agriculture along with more droughts and severe cyclones is no reason for alarm according to Australia's federal Environmental Minister Ian Campbell. The report states that even if greenhouse emissions were stopped tomorrow there is enough already in the atmosphere to cause more and more harm to the environment. The report states that Australian agriculture will be severly affected unless changes are put into place now with more diverse crops and adaptability.
 



www.abc.net.au
The federal Environment Minister says a climate change report warning of more erratic weather and rising sea levels is not cause for alarm.

The new government report on climate change says there could be more droughts and storms, higher temperatures and rising sea levels in the next 30 to 50 years.

The Climate Change: Risk and Vulnerability report predicts more possible threats to water supplies, ecosystems and agriculture.

Environment Minister Ian Campbell says the report is evidence that even if all greenhouse gas emissions were stopped tomorrow, climate change would continue because of the build-up in the atmosphere.

Senator Campbell says the warning could be painted as alarming but there is no need to panic.


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The report has bought back to the table the issue of uranium mining with the minister stating that more exports of uranium should be made available to poor countries who will need it for fuel source in the future.


Senator Campbell has also used the release of the report to promote the Government's pro-uranium policy.

He says it would be wrong of Australia not to export uranium to developing nations as a part of a strategy to halt climate change.


The report states that this will all happen over a 30 year period but with the climate changes the planet has seen overall in the past few years, people are beginning to question the time span of these events and the causes and affects.

Related News Links:
www.theage.com.au
www.greenhouse.gov.au

[edit on 26-7-2005 by Mayet]




posted on Jul, 26 2005 @ 10:48 PM
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Australia and USA - Climate Change Pact

Instead of making a new submission I have added this news to this thread.
www.abc.net.au...

Australia and the United States, who have been criticised for remaining outside the Kyoto protocol on greenhouse gases, have now reportedly formed their own pact on climate change.

A report in The Australian newspaper claims they have joined with other heavy greenhouse polluters, China, India and South Korea, to focus on scientific advancements to ease the problem.

The Federal Government and the Bush administration have flatly refused to ratify the Kyoto protocol saying the treaty will damage industry and coal exports.

A Government report released yesterday warns of damage to Australia's ecosystems, agriculture and economy because of climate change.

The United States alone contributes about 15 per cent of all polluting gases and together the five countries account for more than 40 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.



posted on Jul, 26 2005 @ 10:54 PM
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I am scared. Not panic but seeing all the weird weather and temperatures have me worried, especially after seeing that movie The day after tomorrow.



posted on Jul, 27 2005 @ 03:11 AM
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They're all idiots. It is true that there is a lag in the system which means that things will get worse for a couple of decades even if we stop all emissions now. However if we carry on polluting then the lag will continue on even longer and we will have screwed up this world even more for our children.

Greenland is starting to melt and melt far faster than scientists realised before now. In fact every week there is yet more evidence that scientists have seriously underestimated the effects everywhere. Reality is catching up with us fast but I'm afraid the US (and fellow head in sand countries) will do nothing until the sea rises and starts covering their major cities. New York first. Of course it's far too late by then.

They are also so short sighted. The major economies could still grow if we invested in clean non polluting lower/zero co2 technologies. Instead the myopic view is that we have to continue with what we have to prop up existing coal/oil industries.....idiots. They can't tax "free energy" like solar as opposed to oil can they........

The fat cat wallets of today are paid for by the screwed up world of our children and grandchildren. They will not forgive us !



posted on Jul, 27 2005 @ 06:45 AM
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If it wipes out the current political and economic system we have today, I think that could be a silver lining our grand children might thank us for


So long as the planet doesnt become uninhabitable I think a complete change of life as we know it and the inundation of major seaboard cities could see benefits to the human race. Not that im advocating it! Im just trying to find positives in a decidely bad situation.



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