Australia facing the most extreme climate challenge

Drought-stricken Australia faces the world’s “most extreme” climate change challenge as millions of city dwellers try to cope with water shortages.

The government has already made the unprecedented declaration that farmers will receive no irrigation water from July in Australia’s most fertile region if the country’s worst drought in a century continues.

Water restrictions have been imposed across the vast island continent and scientist Tim Flannery, named the 2007 Australian of the year for his pioneering environmental work, says the problem will only get worse.

Flannery said the drought meant two of Australia’s largest cities, Brisbane and Adelaide — home to a combined total of almost three million people — would run out of water by the year’s end unless the so-called “Big Dry” ended.

“We could see a catastrophic situation developing here by the end of the year. It’s become a huge issue,” Flannery told AFP.Source:  AFP

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