"The devastating floods in Queensland and New South Wales highlight, yet again,
Australia’s failure to plan for natural disasters. As we’re seeing now in
heartbreaking detail, everyday Australians bear the enormous cost of this
It’s too soon to say whether the current floods are directly linked to climate
change. But we know such disasters are becoming more frequent and severe as the
climate heats up.
In 2019, Australia ranked last out of 54 nations on its strategy to cope with
Australia had a chance to lift its game when it released a new climate
resilience and adaptation strategy late last year. But the plan was weak and
contained no funding or detailed action.
At the time of writing, the current floods had killed at least 21 people across
two states and left many thousands homeless. Sydney suburbs were being
evacuated amid warnings of more intense rain.
Governments must urgently invest in measures to help communities cope with
extreme weather events. As we’re seeing right now, Australian lives depend on
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