The Loddon Mallee region has already become warmer and drier – a climate trend likely to continue.
Local communities, residents and businesses are changing the way they do things in response. Getting climate-ready involves understanding how climate change is likely to affect you and your community and working out ways to adapt. Everyone can contribute to the Loddon Mallee region’s climate-ready future.
Over the past 100 years, global surface air temperatures have risen by almost 1°C. Both the atmosphere and the oceans have warmed. Human activity is causing climate change, through our release of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels, land use change and agriculture. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are now more than 40% higher than they were before industrialisation.
In the Loddon Mallee region, the rate of warming has increased since the 1960s. On average, rainfall has declined since the 1960s, especially in autumn. The harsh Millennium Drought (1996 to 2009) ended with two of the wettest years on record in 2010–2011.