In­tense storms due to cli­mate change

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

SU­PER­CHARGED storms around the world, in­clud­ing Hur­ri­canes Irma and Harvey, are be­com­ing more pow­er­ful as a re­sult of wors­en­ing cli­mate change, ac­cord­ing to the Cli­mate Coun­cil.

A Cli­mate Coun­cil spokesper­son said such ex­treme weather, in­clud­ing storms, rain­fall and flood­ing events, are be­com­ing more in­tense and se­vere, caus­ing mass de­struc­tion and dev­as­ta­tion, as seen in the United States and Caribbean.

“Hur­ri­cane Irma is one of the most pow­er­ful hur­ri­canes ever recorded,” the spokesper­son said.

“Th­ese su­per­charged storms are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly se­vere. In fact, for the first time in recorded his­tory, three hur­ri­canes in this re­gion were fore­cast to make land­fall si­mul­ta­ne­ously.”

The Cli­mate Coun­cil has called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to do its bit to tackle cli­mate change in Aus­tralia, in a bid to lower the na­tion’s ris­ing pol­lu­tion lev­els.

“The so­lu­tion is clear,” the spokesper­son said.

“Aus­tralia must rapidly tran­si­tion to clean, af­ford­able and re­li­able re­new­able en­ergy and stor­age tech­nolo­gies.”

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