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Climate change impact on Australia may be irreversible, five-yearly report says

Katharine Murphy reports in The Guardian (7.3.17) on the release of the five-yearly 'State of the Environment' report, which warns that heritage and economic activity are being affected by climate change and the disadvantaged will be worst hit.

'An independent review of the state of Australia’s environment has found the impacts of climate change are increasing and some of the changes could be irreversible.

'The latest State of the Environment report, a scientific snapshot across nine areas released by the federal government every five years, says climate change is altering the structure and function of natural ecosystems in Australia, and is affecting heritage, economic activity and human wellbeing.

'It warns climate change will result in “location specific vulnerabilities” and says the most severe impacts will be felt by people who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

'Record high water temperatures caused “widespread coral bleaching, habitat destruction and species mortality” in the marine environment between 2011 and 2016, it says.'

 

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