Posted by admin on March 4, 2013
With the Climate Commission report out today clearly linking climate change and the increasing intensity of extreme weather events like floods, bushfires and cyclones, it’s time for both the Liberal and Labor parties to ramp up efforts to address climate change.
“It is incumbent on all politicians, especially those in the Coalition, to stop talking of extreme weathers as one-offs and admit that a hotter, warmer world is here to stay.” Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said today.
“It should now be clear to everyone that with $6 billion being spent since 2010 in Queensland alone on cleaning up after the floods it has never been more obvious that Sir Nicholas Stern was right when he said that the cost of not acting on climate change far outweighs the cost of acting.
“It is far cheaper to reduce emissions than to try to adapt as the climate becomes more extreme and unpredictable.
“Tony Abbott has a total sham of a policy on climate change that will not even achieve the 5 per cent reduction in emission and it cannot be scaled up. He must now abandon his pledge to tear down the carbon price or face his children and grandchildren and explain to them why he’s not prepared to act in the narrow window of opportunity to remain under two degrees warming.
“It is also time for the Prime Minister to save the National Climate Adaptation Research Facility which interprets the climate models to tell communities what the impacts of climate change on their region and infrastructure could be.”by