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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Australian Farmers' Perceptions of Climate Risk

A new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Farm Management and Climate, provides insights into how Australia's farmers perceive the changing climate as well as their responses:

"Nationally, 65.6% of agricultural businesses reported that they considered the climate affecting their holding has changed and 62.4% reported that the perceived change in climate had an impact on their holding. Approximately half (49.5%) of agricultural businesses reported a change in the management practices on their holding in response to perceived changes in climate.

The most commonly reported perceived change in climate affecting the holding was a change in rainfall patterns (92.1%), followed by more extreme weather events (74.2%) and warmer temperatures (49.6%)."

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