Territory Stories

Climate Change: Impacts and Solutions

Details:

Title

Climate Change: Impacts and Solutions

Other title

NT Youth Round Table

Creator

Northern Territory. Department of the Chief Minister. Office of Youth Affairs

Collection

NT Youth Round Table newsletter; E-Journals; PublicationNT; NT Youth Round Table newsletter

Date

2014

Location

Darwin

Notes

This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Chief Minister's Round Table of Young Territorians; Youth Services; Youth; Periodicals

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

NT Youth Round Table newsletter

Volume

Newsletter January 2014

File type

application/pdf

ISSN

1440-2122

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/292071

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/400490

Page content

8 Figure 1: (Green, 2006) Across the NT, there will be increased temperature and humidity, contributing to more frequent and intense heat waves. This is likely to cause an increase in incidence of heat rashes, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke - which can lead to death. Elderly people and those with poor cardiovascular health and low physical fitness, such as many who live in remote communities, are at the highest risk. Asthma and other respiratory problems, bacterial diarrhea, mosquito-borne diseases, Japanese Encephalitis and Dengue will all have increased effects on northern Australia, especially in remote communities. (Green, 2006) Over the next century, middle-of-the-road estimates suggest a global average sea-level rise of about 50cm. This will mean than whenever there is a combination of high tides and strong winds, there will be flooding that could cause massive erosion, the disruption of the water supply, and an increased risk of communicable disease transmission. An increase in extreme high winds and cyclones is very likely, which would cause a larger number of injuries and deaths. The existing problem of dilapidated housing, for example, will become even more serious if more frequent extreme weather events occur (Green, 2006, pp. 10-14) In Alice Springs, there is currently an average of 90 days over 35oC and 17 days over 40oC, but by 2070, is predicted to increase to 116-220 days over 35oC and 36-169 days over 40oC. As you can see, in a best case scenario there would simply be a greater cost of air conditioning in the summer, and more unhappy citizens, but in the worst case scenario this would mean almost half of the year would have temperatures