such as "Introduction", "Conclusion"..etc
Bringing together the latest science
from research groups around Australia, the report includes chapters on
each of Australia's major agricultural sectors, with a focus on steps
that can be taken to adjust to the ongoing changes in our climate.
Speaking to the Farm Writers Association of NSW in Sydney today,
co-editor of the report, CSIRO scientist Dr Mark Howden, said it was
time for agriculture to start focussing on proactive solutions.
"Adapting to climate change will involve everything from changes in
crop varieties, through to improved seasonal forecasting, up to revised
national policies and programs," he said.
"For many agricultural businesses incremental changes may be enough,
but some regions and industries will need to be open to more
Prepared for Land and Water Australia (LWA) the report - 'An
overview of climate change adaptation in the Australian agricultural
sector – impacts, options and priorities' - updates and expands the
previous national synthesis done by CSIRO in 2003.
"We've applied the latest climate change projections to build a
picture of the challenges that will affect all types of agriculture in
all corners of the nation," Dr Howden said.
The report also emphasises the importance of building adaptive
capacity among farm managers, agri-businesses and industry groups.
"The past climate is no longer a good guide to the future climate,
so having the skills and resources to respond flexibly will be
essential," Dr Howden said.
CSIRO Australia. Public release date: June 25, 2008.
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