City of Fremantle’s new Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

The City of Fremantle’s new Climate Change Adaptation Plan is about to be released for public consultation.

It has already got some good publicity this week both on the first page of the Fremantle Gazette and in The West today:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/15440692/climate-puts-freo-in-deep-end/

The plan identifies a number of actions across the themes of rising sea level, increased temperature, decreased rainfall and increased storm intensity. Climate change is happening and due to a weak global response is likely to be more severe than hoped more like 4°C than 2°C.

It is timely as it comes back on a rather confronting report just released by the World Bank called Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided with research from the Potsdam Climate Institute. Here is quote from its forward and the fact the World Bank is a quite conservative international organisation makes it all the more confronting:

“The 4°C scenarios are devastating: the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water scarcity in many regions; increased frequency of high-intensity tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of biodiversity, including coral reef systems.

And most importantly, a 4°C world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs. The lack of action on climate change not only risks putting prosperity out of reach of millions of people in the developing world, it threatens to roll back decades of sustainable development.

It is clear that we already know a great deal about the threat before us. The science is unequivocal that humans are the cause of global warming, and major changes are already being observed”

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One Response to City of Fremantle’s new Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

  1. I am basically repeating myself from FB, but yes, very concerning indeed and planning and investment is exactly what is needed NOW.. action action action and proper planning for worst case scenario’s. It simply isn’t a question of “if”, it is “when” and “what do we do about it” and take responsibility… it is our ethical responsibility to ensure that we do what ever it takes so that our children etc do not suffer the consequences from our failure to act… let them have the chance of the life we do now. Deep, but true.
    Too many people just talk the talk, lets just get on with what needs doing.
    I commend you for your brilliant attitude Brad, I only wish more would share the same…. keep it up!! 🙂

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