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Читал тут вчера статью в Times. Правяшая партия в Австралии скорее всего проиграет выборы, потому что население обеспокоено глобальным потеплением:

Though Howard is a longtime global-warming doubter, ordinary Australians are less skeptical. The country has been hit hard by a brutal, multi-year drought that has devastated agriculture and put its biggest cities under water restrictions. Australians have begun to connect water fears to global warming, a bad sign for Howard, whose residence has been picketed by protesters dressed as polar bears. A recent poll of voters in several closely contested seats found that 73% said climate change would have a "strong influence" on the way they vote. "The water shortages have really rocketed climate change to a significant issue in people's minds," says John Connor, chief executive of Australia's Climate Institute, a green lobbying group.

Интересно, будут ли это первые выборы проигранные из-за глобального потепления. С другой стороны - это отнюдь не первая смена правительства вызванная глобальной засухой и неурожаем.

P.S. Забавно, что в целом сотояние их экономики просто замечательное.

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