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Temperatures may rise by 5C by 2070


AUSTRALIANS have been warned to brace for catastrophic heatwaves, bushfires, drought and severe water shortages as climate change causes widespread havoc. Rising temperatures, lower rainfall and more searing hot days are predicted in a major report released by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology today. The grim global warming forecast for coming decades further highlights the water crisis gripping the nation and the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Change in Australia report also warns of: A spike in temperatures nationwide of at least 1C by 2030,and up to 5C by 2070, droughts dragging on for up to 80 percent longer, less spring and winter rainfall - with drops of up to 40 percent in some southern parts of Australia by 2070, fewer frosts and less snow.


Southern Australia is experiencing its hottest year on record.
Figures just released from the Bureau of Meteorology show that for the Murray-Darling Basin and southern Australia 2007 will surpass 2005 as the hottest year ever.
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