|Australia is called the “Lucky Country.” But, it seems it is about to run out of luck.
The CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology have released a comprehensive projection of climate change that predicts temperatures to rise 5.1° (9.2°F) by the end of the century. This level of increase will mean not only widespread crop failures, but also the inability of people to work outdoors during the “hot” season, which could last up to nine months of the year.
It also means that water will become even more scarce on the parched continent. Desalination of seawater will be required at a high cost as reservoirs rapidly evaporate due to the higher temperatures. In fact, it may be such an economic burden on the country that many will be forced to emigrate to other areas of the planet.
Indeed, Australia, one of the worst of the developed world in terms of climate policy, will suffer enormously this century from its self-induced crisis.