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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Adaptation on Farm

Australia's Bureau of Rural Sciences has released a report, Climate Risk and Industry Adaptation, which examines the preparedness of farmers in the Murray-Darling Basin with respect to drought and climate change. The study ultimately identified four typologies of farmers:

Group A were open to the idea of climate change but still unsure that it was happening and were making increasingly strategic or long-term changes to their businesses.

Group B were skeptical or uncertain whether climate change was happening, but were undertaking some incremental changes to their business anyway.

Group C were open to the idea of climate change but still unsure that it was happening and were feeling overwhelmed or saw climate change as a low priority.

Group D were sceptical or uncertain that climate change was happening and tended to have fewer strategies in place to manage risks.

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