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Friday, June 27, 2008

Climate Change in Queensland

The Queensland (Australia) Government has released a brief review of climate change science and impacts for the state.

From the Executive Summary:

Implications for Queensland
Queensland is particularly vulnerable to climate change, as:
• Many of our important sectors (agriculture, tourism) are climate-dependent.
• Most of our population lives on the coast and is at risk from more extreme weather and rising sea levels.
• Our ecologically rich areas, such as the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest, are vulnerable to a signifi cant loss of biodiversity.
Urgent steps are necessary to stabilise our greenhouse gas emissions at a level where dangerous climate change impacts can be avoided. We must also move quickly to implement adaptation measures to reduce the impacts likely to result from greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere. Putting in place actions to minimise the potential impacts of climate change will be essential in ensuring Queensland’s future.

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