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“We can't afford to pretend anymore." WWF Australia's chief executive, Greg Bourne
A climate change report has painted an alarming picture of the effect on Australia if global temperatures increase by more than an average three degrees Celsius. Under that scenario, heat-related deaths would triple, people would be displaced en masse from the coast and national icons like the Great Barrier Reef would almost certainly be lost. The frequency of bushfires would double and there would be major extinctions of animal and plant life. “If warming reaches three to four degrees Celsius then the thresholds for irreversible change will almost certainly be crossed.”
Adapting to the damaging effects of climate change, plants are gradually moving to where temperatures are cooler, rainfall is greater, f...