From: ABC News
The Climate Commission says failure to act against climate change in the next 10 years could lead to major disasters on the New South Wales far south coast.
The author of a report released by the group yesterday, Will Steffen, has labelled the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley as particularly vulnerable.
Professor Steffen says if temperatures continue to increase, he predicts a regional sea level rise of up to one metre by the end of the century.
He also says the heightened risk of bushfires cannot be ignored.
"That's a fairly direct result of the fact that we're seeing increasing temperatures," professor Steffan said.
"The temperatures have risen already by about one degree above pre-industrial across NSW but already we can see an increase in extreme fire danger weather.
"We are predicting that the intensities of these fires will increase as temperatures go up."