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Thursday, February 1, 2007

 

Soaring temperatures ‘unstoppable’

‘Immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will not halt the continuing damage to Australia’s environment, a Federal Government researcher warns.

The CSIRO expects Sydney’s maximum temperatures to rise 1.6 degrees by 2030 and 4.8 degrees by 2070.

Average rainfall will decrease by 40 per cent and water evaporation rates will jump 24 per cent by 2040 under the scorching conditions.

By 2050, annual heat-related deaths of people over 65 will increase almost eight times from 176 to 1312.’




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