Sunday, 7 October 2007

Responsibility and accountability

According to this Phil Mercer [same report in mp3] report for VOA News, a recent Sydney conference on climate change where CSIRO has - once again - shown that Australians [and Australian coal and coal power stations] are having one of the greatest per-capita impact on the climate. We are also headed for some dire consequences as a result.

Scientists there told an environment conference in Sydney that average temperatures across Australia will rise by about 1 degree by 2030, and possibly by a further 5 degrees by 2070.

Rainfall patterns are likely to be affected too, making droughts more severe.

Australia pumps out more so-called greenhouse gases per person than almost any other country in the world.

The country's emissions come principally from electricity generation, the majority of which is produced by coal-fired power stations.

There were calls for 'dramatic' reductions in emissions.

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