Sunday, July 6, 2008

Victoria's grim climate outlook

ABC News Online, Posted 59 minutes ago

The Department of Sustainability and Environment has warned Victoria's average temperature could soar by almost three degrees by 2070 if carbon emissions continue to grow.

The DSE has released updated forecasts on the impact of climate change on Victoria's regions.

If emissions are not cut, the projections warn annual average rainfall would decrease by around four per cent by 2030 and 11 per cent by 2070.

Manager of the DSE's Climate Change Adaptation Branch, Rod Anderson, says Victoria is likely to face more frequent droughts and heavy coastal erosion.

"Consistent with many of the other reports that are coming out, this part of Australia looks like getting drier, and that would mean more frequent and more severe droughts and certainly less snow, both because of higher temperatures and also because of less precipitation," he said.

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