Australia’s Aborigines to feel climate shift most

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CANBERRA, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Australia’s Aborigines will feel the impact of climate warming more than other Australians, with their remote outback homes and generally poor health making them particularly vulnerable, a report said on Tuesday.

With temperatures in the tropical north and interior tipped to rise by three degrees Celsius by 2050, worsening already searing summer heat, the government needs to urgently improve aboriginal health and housing, researchers wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia.

“Elevated temperatures and increases in hot spells are expected to be a major problem for indigenous health in remote areas, where cardiovascular and respiratory disease are more prevalent and there are many elderly people with inadequate facilities to cope with the increased heat stress,” they wrote.


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