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On the land, and staring down the barrel of climate change

Farmers are at the front line of a changing planet. As the fallout hits, many more are tuning into the science. But there’s still resistance to the ‘C’ words, and scientists tread carefully. Anthony Marsico continues our special series looking at regional responses to climate change.

On the land, and staring down the barrel of climate change

Scientists say they are getting more traction talking about climate change with farmers, but still tread carefully in framing the discussion. “What we’ve found to be a pretty successful approach is talking through the big drivers in the region that have been behind those big floods and droughts and other events in the past,” says agricultural scientist Graeme Anderson. Photo: Jack Banister

Words by Anthony Marsico

Unless something shifts dramatically – and soon – humanity will overshoot global ambitions to hold temperature rise to 2°C this century.

In this special series, Future Forecast: Spotlight on the South-West, University of Melbourne journalism students take a deep dive into what this means on the ground – and in the ocean – for communities along Victoria’s south-west coast. This is part of an ongoing Citizen Regional Reporting Project, with future editions focusing on other parts of the state.

This article is a multimedia feature series, co-published in part with ABC Regional Radio (Ballarat).

To visit this multi-media report, click here.

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