Without a CO2 tax, Australia could face floods and droughts like they have had for the last 50 million years or so.
Scientists warn of future without climate action
ELEANOR HALL: While politicians debate the merits of the Federal Government’s policy for dealing with climate change, climate scientists gathered in Melbourne today to deliver a warning about the dangers of not acting.
They made some alarming predictions about global warming, including its dire effects on key parts of Australia’s environment, as Simon Lauder reports.
SIMON LAUDER: Professor of Environmental Studies at Melbourne University, Peter Christoff says the conference is his response to the 2009 UN climate meeting in Copenhagen, where world leaders agreed to limit global average warming to two degrees or less.
Professor Christoff says the way things are going global warming will be twice as bad as that by the end of this century.
PETER CHRISTOFF: It’s a conference which will alarm people in terms of what the science is telling you. It paints a very, very dark picture, in particular for Australia which is an ecologically fragile continent. But it also, I think, send a very powerful message which is that in the next decade, this next critical decade, we have time to move ourselves away from this probable future.