Monday, May 23, 2011

Climate change an 'undeniable' issue in Australia

Rebecca Lollback in the Northern Star (Australia): Every decade three metres of NSW's sandy coastline will disappear because of erosion. And, according to Associate Professor Graham Jones from Southern Cross University's School of Environmental Science and Management, that's a conservative estimate. “Some years we might lose 10 metres of sand. Some years it might be none,” he said.

“When you think about how much infrastructure we have along our coastline here, that is going to have a huge impact.” Assoc Prof Jones was speakingafter yesterday's release of the Climate Commission's report, The Critical Decade. He said the new report showed climate change was now undeniable. “The evidence is now overwhelming,” he said.

“Where do we go from here? That's the question. The situation is getting more severe, so if we can't convince our politicians now that something needs to be done, we never will.”

Tony Gleeson, from the Ballina Climate Action Network, said the report was timely because it highlighted the issues. “We really need to get our skates on,” he said.

“Locally we're encouraging people to get involved and we have a workshop in Ballina on Wednesday night for the 20,000 Conversations imitative, part of the 100 per centrenewable energy campaign.” The workshop will be held in Ballina High School's library at 7pm….

Blenheim Beach in Vincentia at Jervis Bay, Australia. shot by blueriotriver, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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