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IF world leaders want proof of global warming’s devastating effects, they should open an atlas on the page marked Australia.
Many of the country’s iconic images are under threat from the impact of the planet’s rising temperatures.
Virtually all the climate change disasters predicted by scientists are expected to hit Australia over coming decades. Kangaroos, wombats and koalas face extinction and the Great Barrier Reef could die.
The golden beaches that have shaped Australian culture will one day disappear under the waves while its famous bush country crackles with rampaging wildfires.
Out in the wide, sweeping deserts, disrupted weather systems will unleash monsoon-force rains, destroying the fragile natural landscapes that have evolved over millions of years. Already, Australia is preparing to accept the first legion of climate- change refugees – Pacific islanders looking for sanctuary as rising seas slowly wipe their ancient homelands off the map.
Yesterday thousands of Australians march - ed through Melbourne and Sydney in the first wave of a worldwide demonstration demanding a radical agreement at the UN’s Copenhagen climate-change conference.
This week world leaders converge on the Danish capital to forge a binding agreement between 192 nations designed to replace the Kyoto Protocol. President Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, Prince Charles and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao head the VIP guest list of dignitaries ready to add their names and influence to a debate which has been billed as the planet’s last chance to prevent Armageddon.
Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will head a delegation of 114 officials, almost twice the number of British representatives, adding their weight to arguments that will map out mankind’s future...
Fonte: Daily Express.co.uk
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