Climate change is here, and Australian agriculture is acutely feeling the effects. Three farmers explain how it's impacting their lives and livelihoods.

Real-world observations of temperature spikes, pasture growth and grape harvests across southern Australia reveal that the landscape is heating up at rates experts did not expect to see until 2030.

In some instances the rates of warming are tracking at 2050 scenarios.

Scientists concerned that climate change is biting harder and faster than models anticipated are campaigning for more research investment to protect Australia's $58 billion agriculture industry from extreme weather.

Background Briefing has learned that their concerns about the capability of Australian research to address climate change will be validated in an independent review by the prestigious Australian Academy of Science.

The review, due for release in the next few weeks, has identified a substantial shortfall in the nation's climate research firepower.

It's understood that the review will recommend that the number of scientists working for CSIRO and its partners on climate science needs to increase by about 90. That is almost double the current number of full time positions.

Meanwhile, the reality is already confronting farmers on the front line, many of them battered by this last year of wild conditions.

Climate change makes farming more of a gamble than it ever was. It should be a complete concern to everyone who eats on this planet, because the whole world is going to be gambling on food production.

George Mills, Tasmania

 

We are seeing grapes ripening faster and ripening within a much shorter timeframe than they once did.

Brett McClen, Victoria

 

Climate change is here, there is no doubt about it ... The hip pocket is when it makes you decide it is here or not, and it hurt our hip pockets, so we know.

Mark McDougall, Tasmania

 

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-30/farmers-confront-extreme-reality-of-climate-change/7887720?section=environment

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