LETTERS: Recent research shows Oz most vulnerable

LETTERS

The Future is not Pretty

The world is on a trajectory that will see global warming reach 2.9°C by 2100, far exceeding the 1.5° C increase the world signed on at the Paris Agreement.

What does this mean?

Research released this week by the Australian Academy of Science explores this scenario in detail and it is not a pretty sight.

As the driest inhabited continent, Australia already has a highly variable climate of droughts and flooding rains. This is why of all developed nations, Australia has been identified as one of the most vulnerable to climate change.

A scientific projection of Australia under 3℃ of global warming predicts catastrophic bushfires nearly every year, 50° C days in the major cities will become common, more frequent severe weather and flood events and no Great Barrier Reef.

Can we avoid catastrophe?

Yes…maybe.

The report acknowledges that limiting global temperatures to 1.5℃ this century is now extremely difficult. But it is not too late to avoid the worst climate impacts.

With so much to lose, it is time for Australia to move from world laggards to world leaders in the work to limit global warming. This means a commitment to reducing our carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve zero emissions by 2050.

This also means real political leadership.

Leaders who will introduce policies to deliver deep and rapid cuts in emissions across the economy.

Leaders who will put the future welfare of the country ahead of politics, something neither major party has managed to do in the past 20 years.

Time is not on our side. We have one, maybe two election cycles to decide what kind of future we want.

Tony Fontes

Jubilee Pocket

HARRY BRUCE'S VIEW ON: Easter Rodeo at Emerald

Harry Bruce's view on the Easter Rodeo at the Emerald Showgrounds on the weekend.
Harry Bruce's view on the Easter Rodeo at the Emerald Showgrounds on the weekend.

 

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Car festival a roaring success: 'This event has delivered something very unique for Rockhampton.'

Kristina Timms - Was a great weekend I will be back next year.

Isabella Jane - Yay

Merv Carmel Dunseath - Was that on in Rocky, darn I must have missed it, too busy playing Bowls and catching up with some family.

Pam Griffiths - Not to Bouldercome !!!!!!

Peter Freeman - well done to all involved..

Jordan Wolff - Get some proper seating organised for the burnouts. The set-up was just a joke. We all would have like to get grandstand seats but all sold . 90% of people couldn't see and had to stand for hrs to watch.

Stephen White - Pathetic judging at bike show..if it's not a HARLEY..it doesn't get looked at. Overall a sensational event.

Ray Hiscox - No different to Bathurst races those people who don't like it they go on holidays or rent their houses out

Elizabeth Winston - Dylan Bardsley.There You Go.This will be held again Next Year.

Morgan Freedom - Why have it on Easter when business's are closed due to paying staff penalty rates all weekend and can't serve grog on Good Friday???

David Crombie - Morgan Freedom Durr, the best time to have it.



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