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Scientists warn of permanent heatwave looming over the Pacific

Scientists warn of permanent heatwave looming over the Pacific

Updated 5 December 2013, 9:41 AEDT

As the new Australian government continues to promote its direct action strategy for tackling climate change, scientists at the University of Hawaii are predicting that some countries in the Pacific could be experiencing a permanent heatwave within the next decade.

Ryan Longman is co-author of a report called "The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability", and he says the results of the study are "shocking".

He and his fellow researchers are warning that the climate people are used to will be a thing of the past within a generation, but he says if the world takes the right action now, they could at least buy enough time to allow the human race to adapt.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Ryan Longman, University of Hawaii

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