Coalition ignores latest IPCC climate report as east coast floods

As swaths of Australia have been decimated by catastrophic flooding, a new IPCC report has decried climate inaction. The political response has been muted at best.

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This week, as Australia was battered by catastrophic floods, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released another report warning that the country is woefully under-prepared for a global heating crisis that will impact us more severely than any other advanced economy.

These two things are overtly linked: the report made clear that flash flooding, the likes of which have left Lismore under 14 meters of water this week, is set to increase. Meanwhile, on the current warming trajectory, Australia’s GDP growth would be hammered, hundreds of people would die of heat stroke every year, and ecosystems like coral reefs would wither away.

But in a week where Australia lived through the kind of future bodies like the IPCC have been warning us about for decades, the political response to the report was strangely muted. Everybody wanted to talk about the floods. Climate remained the elephant in the room, as it so often is during the natural disasters that seem to hit Australia with even greater frequency.

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