Recent climate predictions suggest that rainfall in Perth will decrease by between 10 and 40% and temperature will increase by 0.6 to 3.0˚C in the next 100 years. This rise in temperature and decrease in rainfall has the potential to impact on our native plants and animals through increased heat stress, thirst and increased number of bushfires. In addition, climate change is predicted to result in sea level rise and contribute to an increase in the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events. Such events will be likely to increase the requirement for riverbank stabilising techniques to minimise erosion and risk to public safety.
The City is working towards initiatives to help reduce and adapt to the risks posed by climate change. For example, the City is aiming to connect natural areas to produce ecological corridors in order to assist the migration of plants and animals to more favourable areas as well as identify and protect pockets of habitat that will be critical for the survival of plants and animals sensitive to environmental change. Visit the Sustainable Canning website for tips on how you can reduce your carbon footprint.