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Climate change and Australia

Lesley Head, Michael Adams, Helen V McGregor, Stephanie Toole

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: WIREs Climate Change | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Australia has had a variable and mostly arid climate as long as humans have been on the continent. Historically observed trends toward increased warming, with rainfall increases in many tropical areas and rainfall decreases in many temperate areas, are projected to continue. Impacts will be geographically variable but mostly negative for biodiversity, agriculture, and infrastructure. Extreme events such as bushfires and floods will increase in frequency and intensity, concentrated in summer. With an economy heavily dependent on coal for domestic electricity generation and as an export commodity, Australians are high per capita contributors to anthropogenic climate change. A quarter-century o..

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