Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nobody Mentioned It, But Do We Stand To Lose Our Best Defence Against Climate Change?

You've probably never heard of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. We hadn't. And after reading the 2017 Federal Budget, the indications are we never will again.

Here's why this matters.
The increasingly eroded Gold Coast coastline. It is just
a few km from the National Climate Change
Adaptation Research Facility, which exists to help us
manage problems like this, but whose funding
 is set to run out.
The NCCARF, in its own words, "works to support decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise”.

This means it's Australia's only government-funded body which takes established climate science, assesses the likely impacts of climate change, then tells us what the heck we should do about it.

You can see examples of NCCARF'S excellent work here, here or here. It provides solid, practical advice and strategies for dealing with things which affect so many Australians -- like more intense heatwaves and bushfires, and increased coastal erosion.

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