Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Arid Down Under

I don't believe I've mentioned anything Australian since the ignominious first day of this blog's life. Here's something.
Excerpts from UN's IPCC report on the threat of global warming to Australia and New Zealand:

"As a result of reduced precipitation and increased evaporation, water security problems are projected to intensify by 2030 in south and east Australia and, in New Zealand, in Northland and eastern regions."

  • "Significant loss of biodiversity is projected to occur by 2020 in some ecologically rich sites, including the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland's tropics. Other sites at risk include the Kakadu wetlands ... and the alpine areas of both countries."

  • "Ongoing coastal development and population growth in areas such as Cairns and south-east Queensland (Australia) and Northland to Bay of Plenty (New Zealand) are projected to exacerbate risks from sea-level rise and increases in the severity and frequency of storms and coastal flooding by 2050."

  • "Production from agriculture and forestry by 2030 is projected to decline over much of southern and eastern Australia, and over parts of eastern New Zealand, due to increases in droughts and fires."

  • "The region has substantial adaptive capacity due to well-developed economies and scientific and technical capabilities, but there are considerable constraints to implementation ... Natural systems have limited adaptive capacity."
  • 2 comments:

    Murky Thoughts said...

    And yet you continue to avoid the question of Australia and Bill Richardson. Interesting.

    helmut said...

    Bill Richardson will once again be under consideration (sheesh, it seems all we do is talk about Bill Richardson at this blog!) in an upcoming post on Guinea-Bissau. Thank you for your interest in Bill Richardson. And, remember,... Bill Richardson!