The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s Fifth Assessment Report was released in late September 2013. A few days after its release the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported that the year ending on September 30th was the hottest on record for almost all of South Australia; and a large part of Australia.
Climatologists tell us that extreme weather events are likely to become more common as climate change advances, such as the extreme winds that damaged bean crops in the Northern Agricultural Districts of South Australia on the 30th September and again on 2nd October.
How long can the country’s leaders continue to ignore, or at least to trivialise, climate change? How long can they neglect the fact that Australia is one of the main culprits among the nations causing climate change?
To me it is an ethical issue – we owe it to the rest of the planet, and to future generations, to reduce our exceptionally high rate of greenhouse emissions – but apart from that, if we do nothing we are destroying our own productivity.
Developing more renewable energy infrastructure to replace the old fossil-fuel burning power stations is one of the easiest things that could be done. As South Australia has demonstrated with it’s ambitious rollout of wind farms, building more renewables energy is a proven way to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.