April 09, 2007
CYCLONES and tropical diseases will become more common and more people will die in heatwaves as Australia dries out, according to a new UN report.The Australian and New Zealand chapter of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was released today, and it does not make happy reading. As well reiterating that the level of the Murray-Darling river system would drop dramatically and crops would struggle as climate change intensified, it also said Aborigines would suffer in an increasingly dry continent. The IPCC, set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organisation and the UN Environment Program, is a collaboration between more than 2500 climate change scientists and 130 governments. The general findings of its latest report were unveiled in Brussels last week.