The rise in sea levels is putting people and animals at risk, with Australia’s National Weather Service warning that there will be more flooding and storm surges as the country tries to avoid catastrophic consequences.
It also raises questions about how long Australia can continue to build infrastructure for its booming economy.
The federal government has already committed $20 billion to infrastructure projects across the country, but it has not set a specific target.
Mr Morrison has said infrastructure projects will be “very costly”, but his spokesman said it was a “top priority”.
Photo: ABC The new National Weather Services report said the risk of flooding is “increasing” because of the sea level rise, and said more floods are predicted for the next 20 years.
“If we have a sea level of more than 8 metres (26ft), we are likely to see about four times more rain in the next 10 years than we have seen in the last 100 years,” the report said.
“And if that rainfall happens to fall on land, it will flood the city of Brisbane and the coast.”
This means that we are already seeing a risk to Australia’s cities and towns from the impacts of sea level rises.
“We have to have a plan for when that water comes ashore.”
So if you are thinking about moving a lot of buildings in or around the city, you need to be aware of how the sea is rising and how quickly it can change and how much it is likely to cause flooding.
“The new report, prepared by the National Weather Systems Centre, was commissioned by Mr Morrison’s department and was commissioned to inform the Federal Government’s long-awaited national flood management strategy.
The report said flooding could occur anywhere in Australia, but that it was most likely to occur in the north-east of the country.
It noted the rise in the sea “will not only put greater pressures on the coasts, it is also likely to put more stress on existing infrastructure”.
The report also highlighted the need for more flood defences and infrastructure in coastal communities.
We need to get people out of their cars and into their homes and into a home, as a safety net, so that they can take precautions against the risk,” he said.