We are already suffering the effects of man-made climate change. For some people, like those were caught in the devastating and increasingly frequent bush fires, the impact is terrible. For most of us, who live in the cities, it really hasn’t made all that much difference yet. But gradually it will and life will become increasingly difficult.
Benjamin Preiss Josh Gordon writes in The Age that:
Analysis prepared for the Andrews government paints a frightening picture of Melbourne’s future climate, with transport infrastructure vulnerable to flooding and heat stress, longer and more severe bushfires and pressure on hospitals from heat waves.
The modelling, from the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, predicts climate change could have a major impact on the state’s health system, economy and environment, including shorter snow seasons, food production challenges and problems with transport infrastructure.
The report goes on to say that if emissions continue at their current levels then Melbourne’s temperature will rise by 2.6° by 2070. That’s a doomsday scenario.
But it will happen over the 50 years and the changes will be gradual and people make gradual adjustments to higher electricity prices, poorer health delivery, food shortages, failing transport infrastructure etc.
No one will remember what it was like in 1980, but those with long memories will talk about the good old days when you could water the garden or wash the car using fresh drinking water or when you could fill the swimming pool without taking out a second mortgage on the house.
Australia has (another) new Prime Minister and his popular support indicates that people have great confidence in his ability to lead Australia into a brave new future.
Malcolm Turnbull is tight-lipped on climate change
But he is taking his time and there is no indication that he is going to make any progress on curbing Australia’s carbon emissions or ensuring a renewable energy future.