Cradling her newborn baby girl, heatwave expert Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick admits to feeling torn between the joy of motherhood and anxiety over her first-born child's future.
|Climate scientist Dr Sarah Perkins |
Kirkpatrick and her baby girl.
"I always wanted a big family and I'm thrilled. But my happiness is altered by what I know is coming with climate change," she said.
"I don't like to scare people but the future's not looking very good.
"Having a baby makes it personal. Will this child suffer heatstroke just walking to school?”
Dr Perkins Kirkpatrick is one of several climate scientists who Lateline spoke to, seeking a range of opinions from experts at some of the top climate change research units within major universities in Australia.
Read Kerry Brewster’s ABC News story - “Climate scientists reveal their fears for the future.”