Take a loved icon and put a gun to its head
None of this is surprising, however, because the government inevitably will ramp up its efforts, in advance of the Senate vote on 13 August, to mislead the unsuspecting public into thinking that the ETS will actually make some discernible difference to the climate, and therefore to the fate of Australia's World Heritage sites. I have news for you: it won't.
I hope you are sitting down for this, because it's a veritable smorgasbord of all the worst scaremongering you will ever hear from the Aussie alarmists:
THE Royal Exhibition Building, the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef could be wiped off the map if runaway climate change is left unchecked, a new Federal Government report claims. [This runaway climate change must have escaped me, because personally, I haven't noticed, and neither have the satellites measuring global temperature - Ed]
The Department of Climate Change's damning insight into the future of our most treasured heritage sites forecasts rising sea levels, drought and extreme weather as factors that could see buildings and natural landmarks devastated.
The preliminary assessment of Australia's World Heritage sites predicts:
- The Royal Carlton Gardens could wither and the Exhibition Building could crumble with faster deterioration from higher temperatures.
- The Sydney Opera House could be battered by storm surges and rising sea levels and could be infested by pests because of habitat change.
- The Great Barrier Reef faces coral bleaching and a halt in growth from higher ocean acid levels, as well as rising mortality rates for seabirds, turtles and other species.
- Kakadu National Park could see an outbreak of diseases such as malaria because of increased temperatures, plus erosion from cyclones and extreme weather.
I could go on to dissect all this, but really, I can't be bothered. It's Sunday. I will post a link to the report when it is online.
Just a final word, remember that the government still does not acknowledge the existence of the Medieval Warm Period or the Little Ice Age and is still using the "Hockey Stick" from the IPCC's Third Assessment Report, shown to be a fraud years ago, as demonstrated by this graph in the Climate Change Department's web site:
Read it here.