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Australia faces future of heatwaves and drought

Breaking Earth News: Climate Change

Jan 18, 2007
Evidence from fossil corals collected in the Indian Ocean west of Sumatra suggest that Australia and Indonesia may face a future of scorching heat waves and severe long-running droughts. This will be all thanks to the intensification of Asia's monsoon rains. “Rural livelihoods and natural resources will thus be at greater risk as drought undercuts regional food supplies and stokes wildfires that also generate exceedingly poor air quality in the region.” “This is a good example of the big connections through the global climate system.” While past events occurred over a thousand years or so, future changes could be abrupt, making adaptation difficult. “We could see some dramatic changes within a human lifetime. It's astonishing, but it's all connected.”
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