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Farmers and climate change - Australia

In May 2008, the Australian Government’s Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) published Climate Risk and Industry Adaptation which looks at climate change, how rural farming communities perceive the risks and how these risks are being managed in four drought-affected areas.
In May 2008, the Australian Government’s Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) published Climate Risk and Industry Adaptation which looks at climate change, how rural farming communities perceive the risks and how these risks are being managed in four drought-affected areas. According to the BRS’s director: “The report suggests there is uncertainty in rural Australia about climate change, including: whether it is, in fact, happening; the causes, the impacts and its links with the current drought. It found that many in the sector are adapting well to change – changes such as water availability, terms of trade, commodity prices and labour shortages – but not necessarily to the specific challenges posed by climate change. But it also found that others were already focussing on the changing climate and adopting new technologies, particularly in important areas such as water efficiency – and especially after suffering through seven years of drought."
 

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