Qld to host climate conference

A DIRE warning will be delivered to Australia when almost 1000 delegates from around the world arrive in Queensland next week for the country’s first international conference on the science of climate change and how to adapt to it.

Co-chair of the three-day Gold Coast conference and director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Professor Jean Palutikof, warns Australia will be one of the hardest hit developed countries in the world when climate change starts to bite.

“The science tells us climate change is happening faster than we thought and that the window for us to adapt and prepare is smaller than we thought,” Professor Palutikof said.

“Australia is already experiencing the effects of climate change and is likely to be one of the most severely affected among developed countries.

“Regardless of what mitigation actions we take now as a nation, or globally, to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it is too late to mitigate our way out of the problem; we will need a mixture of adaptation and mitigation measures. “

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