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Challenges and responses to disasters : Comments

By Valerie Yule, published 19/1/2011

The challenges of our floods and fires include opportunities for Australian industry.

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Well said Val. We do need to rethink a whole lot of things such as where and how we build houses. But we need to put it in the context of a rapidly changing world that will see more frequent and severe weather events thanks to climate change, and more expensive petrol, diesel and other fuels as oil production peaks and then declines. It has been said before, but the next 20 years will be very different from the last 20. We're going to have to pull our belts in, work more cooperatively (as the Queenslanders have done in the flood clean-up), and give up a lot of travel, especially by air. It will be difficult but, you never know, we may end up with a much better society than we have now.
Posted by popnperish, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 10:26:46 AM
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