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Need for urgent action to avert more disasters
Seeing your article on the heavy rain in the Riverland area, I hope you might be willing to publish my letter to the editor.
It seems like everyone is talking about the weather these days. How weird can it get?
First a drought to end all droughts, horrific firestorms in various places and now mega floods along much of Eastern Australia.
Floods and droughts seem contradictory but they are the extremes that climate scientists have been predicting. We Aussies are very tough and we fight these disasters but we have to fight smarter now. Just like fire fighters aim for the base of the flames, we have to aim for the root of our increasing problems.
We have pumped so much carbon into our atmosphere (and oceans) that it’s sitting like a blanket around the planet, changing the temperature and with it, the weather. A recipe for disasters and are they hitting us or what!
A price on carbon is urgently needed to encourage industry to produce less carbon. The money collected can be used to protect low and middle income earners as we follow other countries into the new low carbon economy which is the pathway of the future.
Remember when we set out on the Information Highway? Computers seemed a mystery then but we soon got used to them (pesky things though they can be!) A new carbon economy? We’ll be right, as we always are. We’ll handle it and just get on with life.
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