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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Australia to Review Criteria for Drought Relief

After years of anomalously low rainfall which have spawned significant delivery of drought assistance to farmers, Australia has announced that it will review the "exceptional circumstances" criteria for drought relief in light of climate change. The government has tasked the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology to review drought risk and report back to the Productivity Commission. Meanwhile, additional inquiries will examine the economics of assistance and the social impacts of drought. However, the time span allotted for these inquiries would seem to be far too short to develop a robust understanding of drought risk that can be used to guide policy and convince critical stakeholders.

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