Future Forecast: Farmers move to weather a warmer future


Unless something shifts dramatically – and soon – humanity will overshoot global ambitions to hold temperature rise to 2°C this century.

In this special series, Future Forecast: Spotlight on the South-West, University of Melbourne journalism students take a deep dive into what this means on the ground – and in the ocean – for communities along Victoria’s south-west coast. This is part of an ongoing Citizen Regional Reporting Project, with future editions focusing on other parts of the state.

This article is the latest in a special multimedia feature series, co-published in part with ABC Regional Radio (Ballarat).


The Doolan family’s 600-head dairy operation at Ecklin South, west of Warrnambool, is the epicentre of a pilot program trialing emerging regenerative farming techniques to put carbon back into the soil. Photo: Jack Banister