Climate change in australia What is climate change? How will it affect life in Australia?

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Honours Programme Principal's Essay 2007

Topic: What is climate change? How will it affect life in Australia?


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Honours Programme Principal's Essay 2007

What is climate change? How will it affect life in Australia?

World wide, we are facing a severe problem known as climate change, climate change is caused by global warming, this doesn't mean that the whole earth will become hotter, in some areas the climate will become colder, places with mild climate will experience extreme climate changes, and if the global warming phenomenon continues we will be on the verge of the next ice age; global warming is a paradox. Around the world we see extreme climate changes such as hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, heat waves, extreme winters, alluvion, melting of glaciers, drought and inundation; these have been happening in areas in which this never happen before. The science community cannot identify the cause of this climate shifting, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 90% of these climate changes are produced by the green house effects.

In Australia extreme climate changes causes problems to industries such as agriculture, tourism and farming; climate changes produces variations on the autralian ecosystem which might results in extinction of some species; health problems is another area affected which has a huge impact on Australian life, all of these have economic consequences. Australia is currently suffering climate changes effects such as droughts, water shortages, cyclones and effects of El Niño.

Ecosystem means a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment, this is a definition from The Macquarie dictionary the meaning of this is that every living thing depends in some way upon certain other living and non living things. The climate changes have influenced in the function of many ecosystems...