Ministerial Statement Greenhouse effect
Tabled Paper 999
Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Marshall Perron
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- 4 CAPITALISE ON ANY BENEFITS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE MIGHT BRING. MR SPEAKER, AS I ANNOUNCED LAST MONTH, THE COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE CSIRO DIVISION OF ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH BE ENGAGED TO CARRY OUT A FOUR-YEAR RESEARCH PROGRAM ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN OUR REGION. THE RESEARCH WOULD BE DESIGNED TO OBTAIN THE BEST POSSIBLE ESTIMATES OF THE ANTICIPATED RISE IN SEA LEVEL IN THE TERRITORY SO LOCAL AGENCIES CAN EVALUATE THE COASTAL IMPACT. OTHER ASPECTS TO BE ADDRESSED WOULD INCLUDE ASSESSMENTS OF LIKELY CHANGES IN TERRITORY TEMPERATURE, RAINFALL, LENGTH AND OCCURRENCE OF MONSOON CONDITIONS OVER THE TOP END, DRY PERIODS IN THE CENTRE, AND INTENSITY, LOCATION AND FREQUENCY OF TROPICAL CYCLONES. THIS CORE RESEARCH IS IMPORTANT TO OUR OVERALL KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROBABLE CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN OUR REGION. IT WOULD COMPLEMENT OTHER PROGRAMS WHICH ARE ALREADY BEING FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH VARIOUS TERRITORY AGENCIES AND WHICH ARE PROVIDING VITAL INPUTS TO THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT PICTURE. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE REGIONAL CLIMATE RESEARCH PROGRAM WOULD COST NEARLY $400,000. IN HIS RECENT STATEMENT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED THAT $5.5 MILLION WOULD BE ALLOCATED FOR A GREENHOUSE RESEARCH GRANTS SCHEME TO BEGIN IN 1990-91, AND WE ARE HOPING WE WILL BE ABLE TO TAP INTO THESE COMMONWEALTH RESEARCH GRANT FUNDS.
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