So this drought must be concerning governments and councils across the country. Certainly in Tasmania, our government is so scared, they won’t even admit it is a draught, only calling it ‘draught like conditions.’ Whatever they want to call it, recent modelling suggests water storage in the state could reach record lows this year. Coupled with bushfires across half the country, we are once again experiencing a year of costly extreme climatic events.
It makes me wonder, are there still people who really don’t believe in climate change?
Despite overwhelming weight of scientific opinion, we still have some policy-makers describing themselves as climate sceptics. I wonder now whether even they are truly sceptical about climate change or if they are using it as an excuse to delay inevitable responses to it, because they fear the economic cost of those changes more.
Still, after being embarrassed nationally at the Paris Climate Talks, and as we yearly count the cost of extreme climatic events that seem more and more frequent, the obvious question is “Isn’t inaction becoming more costly?”