Yet the prosperous nations of the world have failed to take action to reduce the risk of climate change, in part because people in prosperous nations think they’re invulnerable. They’re under the misapprehension that, as Nobel Prize-winning economist Tom Schelling puts it, “Global warming is a problem that is going to primarily affect future generations of poor people.” To see how foolish this reasoning is, one need only look at Australia, a prosperous nation that also happens to be right in the cross hairs of global warming. “Sadly, it’s probably too late to save much of it,” says Joe Romm, a leading climate advocate who served as assistant energy secretary in the Clinton administration.
Climate Change and the End of Australia
Want to know what global warming has in store for us? Just go to Australia, where rivers are drying up, reefs are dying, and fires and floods are ravaging the continent.
Cost of the 2011 Brisbane Floods
“…… Then there are the economic costs. The Queensland floods earlier this year caused $30 billion in damage and forced the government to implement a $1.8 billion “flood tax” to help pay for reconstruction. As temperatures rise, so will the price tag. “We can’t afford to spend 10 percent of our GDP building sea walls and trying to adapt to climate change,” says Ian Goodwin, a climate scientist at Macquarie University in Sydney……”
Past Inaction – Causes 2018 costs
“What we are ultimately talking about is how climate change is destabilizing one of the most advanced nations [sic Australia] on the planet,” says Paul Gilding, an Australian climate adviser and author of The Great Disruption. “If Australia is vulnerable, everyone is vulnerable.”
Murdoch’s papers also failed to point out that the more coal the country burns and exports, the fiercer its hurricanes are likely to become.
2009 Victorian Bushfires on Black Saturday were equivalent of dropping 1500 Atomic Bombs…….
More water in the atmosphere!
The fact that the sky can hold more water is precisely what happens in a warming world. “Global warming is lifting more water vapor into the air, increasing the intensity of torrential downpours,” concludes a recent report from Australia’s Climate Institute. A two-degree increase in ocean temperatures can boost rainfall by nearly 10 percent. But scientists can’t predict where that extra rain will fall, or how far beyond the norm any given weather system might go…..
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