WHILE THE green movement — largely inner city based — continues to blame farmers for global climate change, research shows the biggest warming is from increased urbanisation.
With the Queensland government trying to win the Green vote with heavier regulation on farmers — from land clearing to reef rescue — new research shows the really big increases in global warming come from increased urbanisation.
Universities in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Mexico collaborated in the research. It backs research done by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) on the inner and middle suburbs of Brisbane, where increasing density with high rise buildings has increased the amount of concrete and bitumen and reduced green space leading to higher ambient temperatures.
So the suburbs with the highest green votes in Queensland (such as the electorates of South Brisbane and Brisbane — Jackie Trad and Grace Grace respectively) have the fastest rising ambient temperatures and greenhouse emissions. And it is these voters being pandered to as the Labor left faction tries to stem the green vote by bashing farmers.
‘Any hard-won victories over climate change on a global scale could be wiped out by the effects of uncontrolled urban heat islands’