Saturday, November 07, 2009

WA sea level rises doubling world average

Alannah MacTiernan

The state Opposition says development needs to take account of rising sea levels. (ABC)

From: ABC News

Figures from the National Tidal Centre show sea levels along Western Australia's coast are rising at a rate double that of the world average.

Global sea levels rise at an average of just more than 3 millimetres a year.

Latest figures show sea levels have risen an average 8.6 millimetres a year off Perth and 8.1 millimetres in the Kimberley.

The Opposition's spokeswoman for regional development, Alannah MacTiernan says future planning needs to consider rising sea levels.

"Our planning policies have been actually based on the global averages and now that we see from these figures the sea level rise in WA is more than twice that," she said.

"I think we've got to take some urgent action.

"We need to look at what we need to do to protect existing housing and infrastructure and what we need to do to prevent development in vulnerable areas."

Friday, November 06, 2009

From Long Island to the Solomon Islands, Communities Tackle Climate Change


Written by Chrissy Schwinn
Published on November 4th, 2009 in Asia Pacific, Climate Change, Coral Reefs, Oceans & Coasts, Policy, The Caribbean, United States


As UN negotiators from around the world gather in Barcelona this week to continue hammering out a global climate deal, the question of emissions reduction targets has grabbed center stage in the press.

But even if all countries stopped emitting greenhouse gas pollution today, the impacts of climate change will be felt for years to come.

We must reduce emissions to minimize any future impacts. But negotiators must also develop policies and financial mechanisms that will help communities – and the natural resources they rely upon for survival – adapt to and overcome the climate impacts we are already seeing today.

The Nature Conservancy hosted an event here in Barcelona (webcast) last night highlighting adaptation actions we and others are launching around the world. The actions presented are the types that UN negotiators should include in a global agreement to ensure it provides the support needed to protect people and nature from the ravages of climate change.

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