More serious droughts, increased rainfall intensity and harmful cyclones that caused huge financial impact due to the need to upgrade the infrastructure were all now, but without key changes, in line with the new report published today.
Climate Council Dip and drought: Australian water security in a changing climate pointed out that governments are facing considerable costs to upgrade the dams and dams of the dams to tackle conditions that are not envisaged if they would be suitable for raising rainfall events in one year.
The report is co-author of seven climate change experts, including Professor Hilary Bambrook, head of the QUT Public Health School, who said that Queensland could expect stronger rains and cyclones because the climate continues to change.
"Such events affect agriculture and will probably harm important animal crops, including bananas," said Professor Bambrick.
"Climate change in many ways also affects people's health – drought and floods can pollute our water supplies and become a source of psychological stress in rural communities, and increased amounts of rainfall can increase disease caused by mosquitoes such as Dengue and Ross River. "
Climate consultant and co-author, Professor Steffen, said that the leadership needed to mitigate the rising effects of climate change has instead stabilized the country in disasters.
Prof. Steffen said that many Australians, especially those in the bushes, now understood the challenges ahead of us, the country's leaders simply soften the wheels of the current system.
He said that those countries that adopted a bilateral approach to the problems started to work out.
"Unfortunately, it has become a very partisan, very separated issue," said Prof Steffen.
"Many countries and territories are starting to move. If the new (federal) government becomes more active, we could quickly set up a policy to achieve the right path. With rapid movements in two decades we could get carbon from transport and without energy."
In doing so, the temperature increase could be between 1.5 and 2 degrees.
He said that, while holding him at 1.5 ° C, it was no longer possible, he still managed to catch the 2C, which would limit the rise of the sea level to one meter until the turn of the century.
South Australia now has more than 50 percent renewable energy through solar and wind, CAT, which has some of the lowest electricity prices in Australia, was 100 percent dependent on renewable energy sources, and Victoria wanted to keep up with this.
Prof Steffen described the call of billionaire computer software Mike Cannon-Brookes from Atlassian for Australia to target the 200% renewable energy production as a visionary.
"We need visionaries to see the right opportunities," he said. "What he proposed has a lot of credibility."
Prof. Steffen said they are planning to set up large-scale renewable plants in North Africa to serve Europe, a role Australia could play for Asia and, in particular, an emerging Indonesian economy with a portable, high-voltage DC link.
He basically said that the equation would be much cheaper if it were to get greenhouse gases than to deal with the very expensive and ever-increasing impact of climate change.