Three Queensland local councils have each been awarded half million dollar grants to develop coastal hazard adaptation strategies in a week when the need for climate change action became even more evident.
The world is getting warmer
The five year period 2011-2015 is the hottest on record according to recent advice from the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
2015 is the hottest on record and “that record is likely to be beaten in 2016” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
“The effects of climate change have been consistently visible on the global scale since the 1980s: rising global temperature, both over land and in the ocean; sea-level rise; and the widespread melting of ice. It has increased the risks of extreme events such as heatwaves, drought, record rainfall and damaging floods,” said Mr Taalas.
The WMO’s latest report finds increasing evidence that human-induced climate change was directly linked to individual extreme events such as heatwaves, droughts, hurricanes and flooding.
Australia ratifies Paris agreement after Trump win
The Australian Government has joined more than 100 other countries in ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement which aims to keep the increase in global temperatures well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial times.
The decision was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after the US elected as its President Donald Trump who has said he intends to “cancel” the Paris Agreement and “bring back the coal industry”.
Three councils get funds for climate change adaptation
Earlier this week, the Queensland Government announced that three local councils have each been awarded grants of about $500,000 to develop strategies for coastal hazard adaptation.
Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council and Whitsunday Regional Council had each submitted strong applications for a share of the Government’s $12 million QCoast 2100 coastal hazards adaptation program.
This program has been established to help coastal councils and their communities plan and prepare for storm tide, coastal erosion and rising sea levels resulting from climate change.
The type of work that local councils are expected to undertake has been demonstrated in a pilot project by Townsville City Council.
“I encourage all other eligible councils to get on board and follow the lead in taking action on climate change.” said Dr Miles.