Friday, October 06, 2006

First Australians, climate and coral

This from a 3 Oct press release:
"The evidence clearly show that Queenslanders in the Torres Strait Island are emerging as some of the first official victims of climate change and this calls for urgent responses at both church and government level” -- Col Brown, founding Executive Officer of Catholic Earthcare

...Research by CSIRO scientist Dr Donna Green highlights that over the past two years, half of the populated islands of the Torres Strait have been hit by unprecedented flooding from surging king tides. Dr Green says ‘while we don’t have historical records of sea levels in the Torres Strait, we do know that climate change is causing sea levels to rise in this region and is increasing the intensity of extreme weather events’...

...Dr Green’s report identified of the 14 inhabited islands scattered throughout the Torres Strait, at greatest risk were the sandy coral cays of Poruma, Iama, Masig and Warraber in the central Strait, and the north-western islands of Saibai and Boigu [including the] beautiful coral island of Masig.
from Catholic Earthcare : Australians will be some of the first victims of global climate change


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