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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 8 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 9, 2008 13 Climate hurts the poor: Sea-level rises threaten low-lying Pacific islands CHANGES in storm conditions have pointed to the shape of things to come, a recent Make Poverty History forum hosted by Climate Action Network Australia has heard. Whereas Australians were preparing for the effects of climate change, poor people in developing countries such as Kiribati were feeling them now -- literally. The free forum, held at the University of Technology, Sydney, heard from speakers who told of Australia's neighbours in the Pacific Ocean already losing their homes due to changes in storm conditions and rising sea levels. Climate Action Network Australia Executive Office Julianne Richards told the forum: ''Australia is a large regional neighbour to Pacific nations and also the biggest polluter in the region.'' Maria Tiimon, of Flemington (pictured), who was originally from the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, said her childhood home was at risk because of rising sea levels. According to the World Health Organisation's Climate and Health Fact Sheet, August 2007, Australians produce more than twice the per capita greenhouse pollution of people living in the UK, and around 50 times more pollution than those living on Kiribati, a group of 33 coral atolls on the equator. Make Poverty History co-chair Tim Costello said climate change threatened to undermine the progress made in the global fight against poverty. ''In the Pacific region, people are already experiencing the negative impacts of climate change, including rising seas and saltwater inundation. ''This has contributed to crop losses, destruction of fresh water sources and flooding.'' Visit www.makepovertyhistory.com.au National ride day SYDNEY cyclists can score themselves a free breakfast on Wednesday, October 15, from 7am to 9am at Hyde Park South as part of National Ride to Work Day celebrations. The City of Sydney and Bicycle NSW event will also include free newspapers and magazines, fete stalls with information about cycling and the chance to win a $500 bicycle package. By cycling to work on National Ride to Work Day Sydney commuters can join with thousands of others in discovering a healthier, happier way to get to work. Work is under way on a separated cycleway on King St in the CBD due for completion in mid-2009. For details phone 9265 9333 or visit www.ride2work.com.au or www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
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