Effects Of Climate Change On Wildlife

Nope, we dont have climate change

Nope, we dont have climate change

Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife

Climate change affects humans and wildlife. Effects caused by climate change on one part of our ecosystem affects others.
 
Pollinators, (bees, butterflies etc), are essential to life. They struggle to adjust to climate changes. Their biorhythms get out of sync with the blooming of plant life. This results in poor pollination and reduced crop yields.
 
Warming waters, both oceanic and land based, alter the depth where fish can live. Oceans higher in acid prevent corals, lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans from maturing.
 
Our wetlands will dry up meaning less breeding grounds for our waterfowl. Certain species will die out altogether through habitat loss.
 
Further habitat loss will occur with rising sea levels that will impact our coasts. We will lose marshlands and mangroves.
 
Changes in climate will allow invasive plants to kill off native flora. The loss of native flora will result in no food for insects that relied on those plants. So we lose those insects to climate change too.
 
I know our governments wheels are slow to turn. But they must make changes now. Not in fifty or a hundred years.
 
By then it may be too late.
 

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Major causes of climate change

Major causes of climate change

Major causes of climate change

 
 
Our activities are the cause of climate change. Chopping down forests, burning coal, oil, gas, and land clearance are the main ones. When we burn these fossil fuels large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) get released. This CO2 accumulates in Earths atmosphere. Deforestation reduces the number of trees available to consume excess CO2.
 
 
Increases in CO2 and other greenhouse gases prevent solar radiation from escaping. This traps heat and raises the temperature on Earths surface. This is the “Greenhouse Effect.”
 
The greenhouse effect keeps Earth warm and habitable. Unfortunately, human activities intensify the heat causing the planet to overheat. This the “Enhanced Greenhouse Effect.”

Impacts of a warming climate

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Different regions on our planet experience different effects of climate change. That is, the temperature rises at different rates depending on the region.
 
Many areas experience unpredictable and extreme weather events. Some become colder or drier. Others may become wetter or hotter.
 
Projections by the scientific community say that our climate could raise by as much as 6 in the next 80 years. Cutting carbon emissions could, at least, lessen this.
 
An increase of 6 is likely to affect crucial food chains and fragile ecosystems. This would result in massive rain-forest destruction. Sea levels will rise by large amounts. Ice sheets will also melt in our polar regions.
 
As a result, we and other life on or planet would suffer greatly.
 
I will look at the effects of climate change on wildlife in my next post.
 

Its A Dogs Life Diary Episode 1

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Its A Dogs Life Diary Episode 1

Welcome to It’s A Dogs Life Diary episode 1. This is my friend Alice. She came over to visit today and we had a high old time. My Human would through my toy turtle for me to fetch, which I joyfully did with Alice running after me. I would drop the turtle at my Human’s feet and as he tried to pick it up, Alice grabbed it and bolted out of our door into the garden beyond.

I, of course, followed her out there and was distracted by a scent that wafted past my nose on the breeze. I went over to the source of the scent which was a plant pot.

I was, quietly sniffing the aroma of a Toby, my housemate who had visited the plant pot and cocked a leg against it earlier in the day. I was just considering adding my own two drips worth when I heard a sudden noise in the driveway. 


a dogs life


It was that Human on a motorbike again. He pulled some bits of paper out of his bag and stuffed them inside our decorative post thingy. This was unforgivable. We did not want his rubbish on our property. Rest assured, when my Human came outside, I would greet him with an update on the day’s events. Now, where was I?

Oh yes, that plant pot. That is Toby pictured above. He always joins in when there is someone or something to bark at, but he is not really that much of a player. Now Milo’s another matter altogether. When we got together the last time we chase each other like crazy. I was pretty tired after that day. Perhaps I will tell you about that next time. Woof Woof.


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5 Reasons To Be Angry About Climate Change

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Stranded Polar Bear
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist - blogger - author

You Should Be Angry About Climate Change

5. Polar ice caps melting due to climate change.

Every year the ice cap surrounding the North Pole increases it’s size in winter and reduces again in summer. The problem is, every year the melt starts earlier and eats further into the ice cap than the previous year did.

Polar Bears hunting for food run the serious risk of being stranded on the ice flow. Whilst they are good swimmers, they still may end up too far from stable land and could drown due to fatigue.

As the ice cap melts more each year, the sea and ocean levels rise just that little bit.

4. Our Coastlines Disppear

Coastal Erosion
Coastal Erosion Is Real

As the oceans rise and the weather events become more extreme, our coastlines will disappear. The added severity of storms will cause coastal erosion. Homes near the coast may well crash into the sea. This is happening now in the UK where the erosion is so severe that the village of Happisburgh has been nearly totally lost to the sea.*

3. More Land Becomes Desert

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More Deserts Will Occur

Rain will become more and more unreliable, creating more desert conditions, which in turn create more loss of crops and livestock.

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Loss Of Livestock

The past summer in Australia saw huge livestock losses in areas that were starved of rainfall. Without the charity that provided hay for the farmers, the losses would have been far greater.

2. Floods and Tidal Surges

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Widespread Floods

With the more severe weather events such as increased cyclones, we will experience floods on a massive scale.

Again, livestock and crops will be lost. Property damage can be expected too. Flash floods may become more frequent as the arid desert areas allow water from storm rainfall to flow freely across the parched soil becoming almost an inland tide sweeping clear all before it.

Our Government Seems Indifferent to Climate Changes

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Climate Changes

It is not only the Morrison government that seems indifferent to climate changes. Our local government do not seem to care either. Certainly, in Western Australia, this appears to be the case.

Water is our most precious commodity. Without it, nothing lives.

Throughout the summer months, while we, the populace, are forced to endure water restrictions, the shires merrily water the parks and gardens under their care all day long.

I am sure that you, as well as I, have seen sprinkler systems running well after 9 am and before 6 pm!

The excuse offered is that these sprinklers are fed by bore water. Bore water is pumped from the water table, or subterranean aquifer, not from scheme water. But surely this water is being wasted due to evaporation. And the more it evaporates due to being used in the heat of the day, the more the water reserves underground will be used up.

So if nothing else, let us at least get our governing bodies to make the simple change of timer settings to stop wasting water.

Reference Happisburgh

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Federal or Feral Government?

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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General Election / Federal or Feral?

The General Election is upon us. Will we get a Federal or a Feral Government?

The last weeks campaigning has seen both political leaders of the major contenders traverse the continent in attempts to woo voters in their direction.

Bill Shorten has spent the week avoiding or evading questions about where the money is to come from for all the proposed improvements.

Scott Morrison has spent the same week avoiding questions related to environmental or climate change issues.

Morrison speaks with confidence and emotion.

Shorten speaks in a monotone voice apparently void of conviction.

I am confident that whichever party wins our election will shake up their respective cabinets, moving people experienced in certain aspects of governing into roles that they need to learn by hitting the ground running (so to speak).

Do we trust the Labor party to improve our economy, increase real employment, make housing affordable while keeping our books well balanced?

Or do we trust the Liberal Coalition to look after all of the same important issues while swapping leaders at a whim?

Sure, Scott Morrison has introduced legislation to make a leadership spill more difficult. But not impossible.

Meanwhile, the poor old Koala (now an endangered species) is suffering quietly in the background while it’s habitat is cleared for the development of industrial and residential areas.

Urban sprawl is pretty much unstoppable unless we introduce a one-child policy or something else equally as horrendous. But can we please look after our unique fauna? They deserve to have a home to live in too.

Harry

So, on Saturday, May 18th. think carefully before you vote.

I would honestly vote for Harry if I could. I am sure he is much more trustworthy than any politician could ever be.

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