“Face up to dangers of global warming or your communities will end up deserted, says report“
A lot of bush towns are dying, mainly due to loss of employment opportunities as greenies manage to deny access to the timber resources for mill towns, etc.. Some were old rail sidings long ago bypassed, some played out mines and even old horse-drawn coach team stations where draught animals were changed and rested. Don’t know of any threatened by changing climate though.
Climate change could transform the Australian outback, wiping dozens of small towns off the map, according to a new report commissioned by the federal government.
With many rural towns struggling to survive, climate change – expected to make much of inland Australia hotter and drier – could be the final straw, warns the report by the government’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
Not only will the changes affect quality of life, with summer temperatures becoming insufferable, but they could make agriculture a marginal activity, thanks to more frequent and prolonged droughts.
The report’s author, Andrew Beer, of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, believes that entire towns could be depopulated unless locals take decisive steps. “If communities recognise climate change is on their doorstep and take action, they can adapt,” he said. “The places that adapt and try to adapt will survive. The places that don’t will simply disappear.”
In the next 20 years, “you could easily see the loss of 10 per cent [of outback towns]“, Professor Beer told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio, with another 10 per cent disappearing by 2050.