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Climate Council

Climate Council

The cost of climate change according to the Climate Council

The Climate Council have claimed the cost of climate change in the bush includes lower property prices, and reduced agricultural output.

The Council’s Professor, Will Steffen, said the costs will continue to mount in local communities.

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"Climate change will hit regional communities particularly hard because of the impacts on agricultural productivity," he said.

"In fact by 2030, about $19-billion could be lost due to loss of agriculture and labour productivity in general."

Mr Steffen said climate change will impact the future of the agricultural industry.

"The Murray Darling Basin is already experiencing decreasing rainfall," he said.

"That is projected to get even worse, and that means that irrigated crops such as cotton and rice will see a very sharp decline in the future."

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