Longtime Skeptic John Howard Acknowledges Climate Reality

Thu, 2006-12-14 09:46Ross Gelbspan
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Longtime Skeptic John Howard Acknowledges Climate Reality

Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a longtime climate skeptic, has embraced a key climate change forecast, warning Australians to prepare for more extreme weather events such as the current bushfires. Asked whether he accepted scientists' predictions on extreme weather, Howard said: “I think the country should prepare for a continuation of what we are now experiencing.”

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Major coastal cities in Australia, that vast southern continent of perpetual surf, sun and endless barbeques, are facing a climate change bill of more than $203 billion in commercial, industrial and residential assets by the end of this century.

A new report by the Climate Council of Australia, Counting the Costs: Climate Change and Coastal Flooding, has found that coastal flooding and erosion caused by global warming will become a significantly larger problem with a projected sea level rise of 1.1 metres by 2100.

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