As a sweltering Australia struggles to contain nationwide bushfires, two new reports from reputable US organizations published in Bloomberg, signal further alarming developments for the country to cope with.

Bloomberg reports that “Dangerous rises in the sea level or heat waves that kill crops can arrive quickly and leave little time to put preventative measures in place, according to a study from the National Research Council, a group of scientists providing information for U.S. government decision-makers.”

“The report — one of two issued today on climate change — calls for an early warning system to monitor climate conditions and improved models for predicting changes that impact the way people live. The alerts could be modeled on such programs as the National Integrated Drought Information System created by Congress in 2006 or the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Famine Early Warning System Network.

“In a separate report today, James Hansen, who warned of the dangers of global warming as early as 1988, said a United Nations-endorsed target of capping global warming is too high and will ensure future generations suffer “irreparable harm.”

Even limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times would submerge coastlines, cause the mass extinction of species and trigger extreme weather, according to Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and co-author of the report published today in the journal PLOS One.

“Two degrees Celsius warming above pre-industrial, which would mean about 1 degree Celsius warming above the present, creates a significantly different planet with enormous consequences, including eventually the un-inhabitability of coastal cities,” Hansen, adjunct professor at New York’s Columbia University’s Earth Institute, said at a briefing. “There’s no recognition of this in government policies.”

Australians have to sit out another 3 years of a government hell bent on ignoring these massive impacts on our climate our ecosystems and our coastal cities. Prime Minister Abbott studiously ignores the current climate extremes that are causing death and destruction in every state. To do so for much longer will ensure the death of his political party in the medium term.

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