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    Australia faces extreme weather rise, says leaked UN report Fri Mar 30, 2:33 AM ET SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia will suffer more droughts, fires, floods and storms
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      Australia faces extreme weather rise, says leaked UN report

      Fri Mar 30, 2:33 AM ET

      SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia will suffer more droughts, fires, floods and
      storms due to global warming and its famous Great Barrier Reef will be
      devastated by 2030, according to leaked extracts Friday of a UN report.

      The draft UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warns
      that temperatures in Australia would rise by 6.7 degrees Celsius
      before the end of the century, the ABC and Sydney Morning Herald reported.

      The report, due to be released on April 6, said rising temperatures
      would cause more intense bushfires and lead to deaths from heatwaves.

      It also predicted rising sea levels would push the coast back 110
      metres (yards) in some Sydney beachside suburbs, swamping some of the
      city's most exclusive real estate.

      It said tropical cyclones would become more common on Australia's east
      coast, where most of the population lives, while 80 percent of the
      Great Barrier Reef would be bleached by 2030.

      Australia's conservative government played down the report, saying it
      was based on previously published scientific research and represented
      nothing new.

      "Everything in there is well known to us, we know that there is the
      possibility or the probability of a hotter and drier future in
      southern Australia," Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio.

      "We have a whole climate change adaptation framework under way, we are
      very focused on adapting to climate change."

      The UN report is the second in a series of three addressing climate
      change that has been prepared by a panel of more than 2,000 scientists.

      The first, released in February, linked the rise in global
      temperatures to human activities, the second examines inpacts in
      individual countries and the third looks at how the problem can be
      addressed.

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070330/sc_afp/unclimatewarmingaustralia_070330063342;_ylt=Ajen6xnB5mE8X6lkisc8t3ZrAlMA
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