A Climate of Suffering

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Aug 26, 2011 - 3:00pm

Scientists warn that a failure to reverse rising carbon pollution levels will see Australia’s inherently moody climate become even more volatile. With inaction or delay on pollution comes a sharp rise in the frequency, intensity and extent of heatwaves, bushfires and drought, as well as more torrential downpours, and tropical storms with increasing ferocity.

The damage caused by a changing climate is not just physical. Recent experience shows extreme weather events also pose a serious risk to public health, including mental health and community wellbeing, with serious flow-on consequences for the economy and wider society.

This report aims to raise awareness of the mental health consequences of extreme weather events and climate change. It is hoped that governments, businesses and communities will be prompted to act early, to avoid further unnecessary suffering and cost.

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