Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has given a speech in Adelaide at the first forum designed to address the impact of climate change on Australia’s coasts. This is part of a broader programme of adaptation planning, and this particular meeting follows last year’s report on Climate Change Risks to Australia’s Coasts and the establishment of a Coasts and Climate Change Council headed by Tim Flannery.
That Council has recently released its prelimary conclusions.
Wong’s speech is significant for a number of reasons, including the fact that she rebuts the denialist criticisms of the IPCC in detail. As Gary Sauer-Thompson observes:
…development around the Australian coast assumes that sea level and storm events would function as they have in the past and our housing estates, business sites and public utilities have been designed as if the coastline and tidal levels would not change. Such assumptions are no longer valid. The Australian, of course, is not convinced.
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