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Farmer group says wake up to climate change

By Geoff Adams

The Federal Government is putting Australia’s economic and food security at risk if it continues to ignore science, farmers say, as a new report finds the 2010s were the world’s hottest decade on record.

Farmers for Climate Action deputy chair and Crookwell sheep producer Charlie Pell said Australia was facing unprecedented heatwaves, unprecedented fires and, given our current trajectory, another unprecedented decade of extreme weather events.

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA — the world’s leading science bodies — are telling us what farmers already know,” Mr Pell said.

“Our world is not only warming at an unprecedented rate and this is directly related to increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

“The government is finally starting to acknowledge the reality of climate change and to talk about resilience and adaptation.

“That’s great but we also need our political leaders to recognise that we can only adapt so far.”