AUS: Scientists ring alarm on climate
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Date: Mon, 05 Jul 2004 21:05:28 -0000
Subject: [fuelcell-energy] AUS: Scientists ring alarm on climate
Scientists ring alarm on climate
By Stephanie Peatling, Environment Reporter
July 6, 2004
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Immediate action must be taken to stop the effects of climate change,
starting with a timetable for a 60 per cent fall in greenhouse gas
emissions by 2050, says a coalition of scientists.
The Climate Action Group, launched last night, is based on the
Wentworth Group of scientists and economists, which lobbies for
changes to land and water management. The climate group is backed by
the insurance company the Insurance Australia Group.
"There are moments in time when global threats arise and when action
is imperative," the nine-member group writes in its first report,
Climate Change - Solutions for Australia.
"We know that our world's temperature is now rising unusually fast.
Climate change has the potential to threaten millions of lives, the
capacity of the world to feed itself, the availability of fresh
water, the control and spread of disease, the survival of species,
the direction in which our oceans flow and the severity of our
Members include the chief risk officer and group actuary for
Insurance Australia Group, Tony Coleman; the former CSIRO chief
scientist of atmospheric research, Dr Graeme Pearman; the chief
executive officer of the Co-operative Research Centre for Greenhouse
Accounting, Dr Chris Mitchell; and the director of the National
Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National
University, Professor Tony McMichael.
"We want to let people know it's happening here and now and there's
a lot they can do like putting in energy efficient lighting, solar
hot water systems and buying efficient motor vehicles," Mr Coleman
A report last month by the Australia Institute found Australia had
the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions of any industrialised
Dr Pearman said some serious effects of climate change could be
avoided if Australia was prepared to make difficult decisions about
the future .
The group called for emissions trading by 2007, more efficient energy
use by householders, and immediate work on minimising the effects of
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