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Climate change talks to Adelaide



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THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

NICK CHAMPION Federal Member for Wakefield

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

GC 163/11 8 June 2011

CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS TO ADELAIDE

The Climate Commission is in South Australia this evening as part of its public engagement tour.

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, and the Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, welcomed the opportunity for local residents to engage with experts on the science, impacts and economics of climate change during a forum at the Playford Civic Centre in Elizabeth tonight.

“Building a strong consensus within the community on taking action on climate change is paramount. This is a great opportunity for locals to get factual, independent information about climate change and ask questions,” Mr Combet said.

“It is great to see local residents offered the chance to discuss the important issue of climate change with leading Australian experts. This allows them to better understand the impacts of climate change and why it’s important to take action now,” said Mr Champion.

As part of its visit to the region, the Climate Commission also released a report focused on specific impacts of climate change to South Australia. The Critical Decade: South Australian Impacts shows some of the changes that can be expected in the state, as well as its vulnerability.

The report - which warns of droughts, water shortages, flooding and hot days in South Australia - comes two weeks after the release of the national report, The Critical Decade: Climate Science Risks and Responses.

The independent Climate Commission was launched in February this year and is led by Professor Tim Flannery, one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change and an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist.

Professor Flannery is joined by a number of eminent Australians who are leaders in their fields. They include Professor Will Steffen, Professor Lesley Hughes, Dr Susannah Eliott, Mr Gerry Hueston and Mr Roger Beale. The Commissioners have expertise in climate change science, science communications, business, public policy and economics. They are also supported by a Science Advisory Panel.

The Climate Commission fulfils an election commitment by the Gillard Government, to establish an independent body providing expert advice and information on climate change to the community.

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Previously the Climate Commission has held public forums in Geelong, Ipswich and Port Macquarie, Mackay and Parliament House in Canberra.

Further information on the Climate Commission and background on its members can be found at www.climatecommission.gov.au

Media contact: Gia Hayne (Mr Combet) 0412 060 406 Adam Sherwood (Mr Champion) 08 8284 2422