Tropics authority calls for urgent action on climate change

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has called for urgent action and investment following the publication of new research which details the escalating impacts of climate change on the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area.

The call comes after new findings show that the lemuroid ringtail possum is at imminent risk of extinction published by James Cook University.

In response to the findings, the authority’s Board released a 10-point plan calling for urgent government investment to head off the worst impacts.

“Action must be taken now to build the resilience of the Area, as well as strong action on reducing emissions,” Chair of the authority’s Board Leslie Shirreffs said.

“Climate change adaptation and mitigation to protect the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is a top priority of the Wet Tropics Management Authority Board,” Ms Shirreffs said.

Ms Shirreffs emphasised that even immediate action would not prevent ongoing temperature increases. “With current trends, the world is locked into 20 years of increasing temperatures. Action and significant investment is needed to reduce other threats now to ensure these areas are as robust as possible to withstand those increasing temperatures,” she said.

The full statement and 10-point plan can be found here

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