April 10th, 2007; Bangkok, Thailand.
Warming temperatures will cause increased drought and sea-level rises in Australia and New Zealand by 2030 and threaten ecologically rich sites such as the Great Barrier Reef.
The South Pacific Islands will be swamped by sea level rises as well as freuqency of cyclones. Island economies also will suffer as warming waters damage coral reefs and hurt fishing industries.
A summary of the full, 1,572-page document written and reviewed by 441 scientists was released Friday. This document tries to explain how global warming is changing life on Earth.
For Australians and New Zealanders, the warming temperatures will be felt mostly through increasingly extreme weather events. “Heat waves and fires are virtually certain to increase in intensity and frequency.”