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Narooma’s coastal waters a beacon of climate change

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The south coast town of Narooma is a tourism hotspot, but now researchers say it’s a hot spot for other reasons. Photo: Tourism NSW.

The endless beaches of Narooma mean the far south coast town of 3000 people has rated high as a tourism hotspot, but now researchers have discovered its clear blue waters are a troubling barometer of climate change.

A UNSW study has found the waters off southern NSW and the east coast of Tasmania are warming twice as fast as waters off northern NSW, and at more than three times the global average.

And while this might be ideal for those wanting to dip a toe in the ocean for a little longer each year, the implications for wildlife in the area – particularly the penguins of Montague Island – are…



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