A record number of Australians are linking climate change to the increased rate and severity of natural disasters, including extended droughts, a new report has found.
The Australia Institute’s Climate of the Nation 2019 report shows 77 per cent of Australians agree that climate change is occurring, which marks the equal highest number recorded since the annual survey began in 2007.
Another 80 per cent of those polled said they believed Australia was already experiencing the impacts of climate change, with nearly half of those surveyed (48%) saying it was causing more extreme heat.
Concern about those impacts also increased has across the board, with 81 per cent naming their biggest climate-related worry as drought and flooding that, and the impact these would have on food and water supply.
“The results from Climate of the Nation make it clear that Australians are increasingly concerned about climate change impacts happening right now and the lack of preparation or support to address them,” said TAI’s climate and energy director, Richie Merzian.
“Australians are well aware of what is required, and see addressing climate change as a multi-partisan issue that ought to be above politics.”