No More Denial: Extreme weather and climate change interlinked

Posted by gosfordpip on April 4, 2013 at 7:40 AM

No More Denial: Extreme weather and climate change interlinked


"The release of the Climate Commission report today should end climate denial and put higher greenhouse reduction targets and adaptation to existing warming on the political agenda," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.


"Every year as Australians suffer more extreme heat waves, floods, fires and storms, there is a chorus of denial that the intensity or frequency of the events is linked to climate change. Every year these events are described as one-offs or one in a hundred years.


"This must now stop. Climate change is real and urgent. It's why the Greens drove leadership on climate action during this period of government, with the clean energy package being a direct result of the Greens' agreement with the Gillard Government.


"The heat is now on Tony Abbott. Australians deserve leadership that anticipates natural disasters and works to avoid extreme weather events, not bring them on.


"Now is not the time for Tony Abbott to abandon the 41,000 gwh target for the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target or tear down the whole clean energy package including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, nor is it the time for Prime Minister Gillard to abolish the Climate Change Department or defund the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.

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