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Climate change drives up temperatures NSW | Blue Mountains Gazette

Climate change has pushed temperatures in New South Wales 1.1C above the last century, but greenhouse gas emissions are falling.

The latest State of the Environment report released by the NSW Environment Protection Authority on Thursday found that greenhouse gas emissions had fallen by 17% from 2005.

The report also revealed that the share of wind and solar in the electricity mix has more than doubled over the past five years.

But he warned that “the effects of climate change are already evident”.

“These will expand and intensify in the future.”

EPA Acting Chief Executive Officer Jacqueleine Moore said the comprehensive study looked at 22 topics with input from 11 government agencies.

“The latest installment of this triennial report documents the impact of the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires and drought which damaged native animal numbers, water and air quality, as well as than topsoil.

“And for the first time, we’ve introduced input from traditional knowledge holders to ensure that the perspective of First Nations is considered in the latest report.”

When it comes to flora and fauna, the picture is grim.

The number of threatened species in New South Wales continues to rise with over 1,000 native plant and animal species and 112 ecological communities listed as threatened under state law due to extensive land clearing.

Another key finding is that 62% of the vegetation in the area of ​​the fires is under pressure from too much burning since the 2019 bushfires.

Permanent clearing of native woody vegetation in New South Wales has roughly tripled since 2015 and amounts to an average of 35,000 hectares cleared each year, according to the report.

The 124-page report notes that the rate of sea level rise nearly doubled, from 1.7 millimeters for most of the 20th century to 3.4 millimeters from 1991.

Australian Associated Press