Scientists to reveal how long to deal with climate change

THE world's top scientists will today tell us we are fast running out of time to deal with climate change.

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows worldwide carbon emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 then in the three decades prior.

Working group chair Ottmar Edenhofer said there was no disputing the science behind the findings.

"To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual," he said.

The detail of the report will likely make for a gloomy read.

The previous report found Australia and New Zealand ought to expect more severe floods more often, that heat waves will grow more dangerous and bushfire outbreaks will be even tougher to quell.

It also found that by 2050 - if a middle-of-the-road forecast is used - coastal developments in south-east Queensland would be at risk.


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