A new report is warning hundreds of inland Australian towns could cease to exist by 2050 if locals do not adapt to climate change.
The report, commissioned by a wonderful institution called "Federal Government´s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility" is of course a joke:
The report studied 1,600 bush towns and found the ones with low education rates are least likely to make the decisions needed to adapt to a hotter future.
But in many regional areas there is resistance to change because of lingering scepticism about climate change.
The same scepticism means the research may not have much impact on the areas it targets.
The report was commissioned by the Federal Government's National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.
Author Professor Andrew Beer says climate change and market forces will de-populate entire towns.
"It's impossible to predict because between now and 2050 is a very long time," he told The World Today.
"But you could easily see the loss of 10 per cent. So 160 country towns across Australia could be gone within 20 years and a further 10 per cent by 2050 - simply because of climate change and the failure to adapt to it.
"So, many people living in a small place right now will discover that their town won't be there in 40 years' time."
Even the man behind the report, warmist professor Andrew Beer has to admit that "it´s impossible to predict because between now and 2050 is a very long time", but that does not prevent this academic giant from talking about hundreds of towns disappearing by 2050!
No wonder that people who live in, or close to the towns which will disappear according to professor Beer, beg do disagree:
Mount Gambier resident Leon Ashby disagrees.
Mr Ashby is a spokesman for the No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics Party, which believes that while the climate is changing, it is only minor and not due to humans.
He says the party has 800 paid-up members, but represents an opinion that is much more widely held in rural areas.
"I lean over the fence post, and talk to a lot of farmers and that, and I would say 80, 90 per cent would scoff at what's happening politically when you are talking about climate change," he said.
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