Territory to face ‘unique climate challenges’

Territory to face ‘unique climate challenges’

5 June 2008

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — The Northern Territory Government has released the first step of its climate change policy, highlighting how natural wonders such as Kakadu National Park are under threat.

The discussion paper says climate change will cause the Top End to have wetter wet seasons, more cyclones, and a greater number of tropical diseases, while Alice Springs will become hotter and drier.

The Chief Minister Paul Henderson is urging the public to respond to the paper by July 4, a formal policy will be developed by late September.

Mr Henderson says the Territory has unique issues to overcome.

“We have a large part of our emissions profile through natural bushfires – savannah burning.

“But we also have opportunities in the Northern Territory where already we have a fire abatement scheme between Conoco Phillips and the Northern Land Council to better manage those issues.

“So the Territory does have unique challenges.”

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