Posted February 10, 2018 05:40:08 The climate change in Australia’s grassland is not getting any better, according to the Australian Grassland and Climate Group.
The report shows the state’s average temperature in the last five years has been 3.7 degrees Celsius above average, which is above the average for the whole of Australia.
“Our grasslands are experiencing a number of climate change impacts, including drought, flooding, landslides and bushfires,” said the group’s head of grassland research, Sarah Rundle.
“There is also increasing concern about impacts on our national parks and our biodiversity.”
The group said while it was too soon to say if the grassland’s climate was becoming worse, the group did not see a solution to the issue in the foreseeable future.
“The longer the grasslands stay like this, the more it will be challenging for the state to manage our grasslands in a sustainable manner,” Rundle said.
The group was recently involved in a public consultation on the issue, which saw about 2,000 people respond.
“We were very clear to people that we wanted to make sure they understood the impacts on the environment and our grassland,” Romp said.
“This was a key message that we were delivering.”
The report comes after the Australian Government said it was investigating whether it could legally regulate carbon emissions from large-scale land reclamation.
The Government has also been criticised for not prioritising grassland conservation over greenhouse gas emissions from the coal-fired power plants it operates.
“What we’ve been doing is trying to understand what is driving these changes and what are the consequences for the environment,” Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce told the ABC’s Q&A program.
“As part of that, we’ve looked at carbon dioxide emissions, methane emissions, which are the main carbon emissions that are causing these changes to the climate system, so what we need to do is understand the carbon footprint of what we’re doing and what’s causing these carbon emissions.”