Australia faces more frequent and severe droughts study shows – supporting Garnaut’s call for action.

A   recent study by the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology shows that Australia will feel the effects of climate change more acutely in the future with more frequent and severe droughts.  This surely underscores Ross Garnaut’s call for action on an emissions trading scheme in his recent interim report to the nation.

The media is full of skeptical comments and the Coalition opposition is talking of preferring a  delay to the introduction of an emissions scheme.  They continue with their previous obstructionist policies that have held up any positive action on climate change.  They are using the “we will do something when India and China get involved” line continuing to closely follow the Bush administration policy yet again.  In fact, Professor Garnaut  criticised the lack of action by the Howard government, arguing that it should have acted sooner and that Australia had given the US an excuse to do nothing.

Years of inaction have left us well behind other developed nations in moving on climate change.  After all, as a high per capita emitting nation we must, along with the other developed nations that have contributed to the current problem, lead by example and encourage emerging nations to make binding commitments.

As ever the mainstream media continues to push “if climate change occurs” blindly denying what scientists, increasing studies and even the obvious signs in nature point to.  Just as they have not accepted that the Rudd government won the last election, they continue to grasp at any contrary viewpoint to prop up their case.

The weight of evidence and the pressure of the impacts of climate change are forcing Australia to adapt and move away from the recalcitrance of the past.  Polls show that the public wants this change of attitude.  It is time for the government to take desicive action. If the current drought has affected the world’s food supplies and added to increased prices then the world will also need Australia to act and adapt as well.


Pressure ridges are formed by shifting sea ice colliding with stationary ice.

Spine ridge.

Photograph by: Andre Fleuette, National Science Foundation. Date Taken: November 6, 2005

~ by abstraktbiblos on Monday, 7 July, 2008.

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