Posted 17 Feb
We’re heading out bush in this episode to Julia’s bushfire refuge. For some time Julia has been noticing the environmental changes and wondering if the end of the world is coming. To prepare, they have created a refuge filled with the things they want to save. In this episode, Madina Jaffari talks to experts about what the future of climate really looks like.
In 2050, the temperatures have risen. Drought is a big concern and rain is less frequent, and fires are ravaging the bush lands. Professor David Karoly works at the CSIRO and the University of Melbourne. He says these climate impacts are going to change the agriculture industry in Australia. This issue is going to be of increasing importance in the coming decades, in particular when it comes to water usage.
“As water resources change due to climate change, how can we manage water resources so that the natural ecosystems are balanced, there is water available for agriculture, and there is enough left for cities and towns for people to drink?”
Professor Bob Hill at the University of Adelaide says that the changes are going to be extremely noticeable in South Australia.
“South Australia [could turn] into a complete desert. We had a coastal fringe with forests and was quite green for most of the year. What was once a red centre has become a red state.”
Bob says that the temperature and climate is changing much faster than we expected, so it’s unknown what this will look like over the next thirty years. Renewable energies are one sure way that we could become global leaders and work to find more sustainable ways of powering our country.
As we continue to watch the current fires impacting much of Australia, it seems like we have experienced a sneak preview of what the future could hold. Has it made you re-think any of your actions?
MOD.Cast Season 2 was developed by and stars University of South Australia journalism students Anna Day, Meika Bottrill and Madina Jaffari. It was produced by Radio Adelaide’s Podcast Works program, with special thanks to Sarah Martin and Nikki Marcel, along with Research Marketing Coordinator, Elke Kleinig.