Tomorrow a report is due for release in Paris, a draft, another one on climate changes, commissioned by the government of New South Wales and carried
out by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). What they found out is still more severe conditions must be expected. Compared to
previous forecasts this one predicts temperatures three times higher than the last IPCC report from 2001, suggesting a minimum rise of 1.4 degrees,
which - if not for this one - was the biggest increase over a century during the past 10,000 years. Now they predict 4.5 degrees.
Scientists predict that rainfall will fall by 40% by 2070, not only creating a massive water crisis, but producing double the number of bush fires.
Heat-related deaths would soar from a current average of 176 a year to 1,300. Sydney would come to resemble the harsh, dry and inhospitable conditions
of remote inland towns.
The government of New South Wales, which commissioned the report, has been alarmed by its findings. The state premier called it a doomsday scenario,
but one which the city and country had to confront.
Along with America, Australia has refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol, the only two major industrialised nations to do so.
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I know a few people still will claim it has nothing to do with human activity. But when predictions can change 300 percent in half a decade something
I bring this up because it will have a definate influence on cities like Sydney, by now one of the most pleasant and beautiful metropolises on this
earth. But unfortunately it doesn't seems it will be able to sustain so, cause living anywhere comes down to water.
Australia being a dry continent will be a place to suffer first and most, and with the general mismanagement of water systems and insuficient
preserving of reservoires, it might go even quicker than predicted.
Look at all the bushfires NSW had this year, burning all the way to the municipal outskirts of Sydney. They will manifold in the coming years.
Some political outrage it is likely to cause, not least in Sydney who commissioned it.
Here on ATS we've heard firsthand about wild weather, also from Australia ...and maybe they are more servere, those reports on the rapidly changing
patterns of weather they have down under, than others.
I can't dig up all the threads that are here on the subject, but you know what I mean... will it go on?
Can we do anything at all or should we just keep on partying as long the pints they flow?
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