"The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is widely discussed, but the other
side of climate action is less often talked about: adapting to impacts already
locked in. Even if we drastically reduce emissions, the cost of natural
disasters in Australia will reach an estimated A$73 billion per year by 2060.
Intense heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazards. In the summer of
2019-2020, unprecedented bushfires devastated Australia’s southeast, and
changes in seasonal conditions over the past two decades has seen average farm
profits fall by 23%.
The Morrison government is developing a new National Climate Resilience and
Adaptation Strategy, to be released ahead of the United Nations climate change
conference in Glasgow next month.
The strategy must ensure Australia does better to manage climate damage already
happening, as well as prepare for future disasters. Australia once led the
world in climate adaptation, but efforts have fallen by the wayside over the
past decade or so. The longer we fail to act, the greater the costs and
difficulty we will face."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics