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Climate Change Poses Increased Risk to Coastal Cities – UK Study

A study conducted by researchers at University College London has found that population growth in coastal areas can lead to major increases in exposure to extreme weather events.

Professor Georgina Mace, who led the study, said governments around the world had failed to grasp the risk that rapidly growing populations in coastal cities face the prospect of rising sea levels and more frequent and severe extreme weather events related to climate change.

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New Report Warns Climate Change Will Hit Hard in Australia

The most comprehensive analysis of Australia’s future climate produced in the past decade warns that the nation could be headed for a rise in average temperature of 1.3°C by 2030 and between 2.8°C and 5.1°C by the year 2090.

The Natural Resource Management report, prepared by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, notes that most of the climate changes observed in recent years are set to continue. The projections supersede those released by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology in a 2007 report.

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NSW Government Warns of Warming Climate

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has released projections for future changes in temperature, rainfall and other climate variables. The projections have been prepared in conjunction with the ACT Government and the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of NSW.

The fine-scale projections are designed to help local government, business and the community to build resilience in the face of future extreme events and hazards by helping them to understand the impacts of climate change and better manage risk in their local areas.

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Wentworth Group Report Calls for Tax Reform to Protect the Environment

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists has released a report titled Blueprint for a Healthy Environment and a Productive Economy which calls on the Federal Government for tax reforms including eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and giving tax incentives to landowners to restore and protect environmental assets.

The group claims the tax reforms will ensure a productive economy and a healthy environment over the long term.

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