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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Death Of A Planet

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Death Of A Planet

The picture here of a fracking operation may look innocent enough, but it is a contributor to the death of a planet.

This one.

Fracking involves drilling through the water table, or aquifer, to deposits of gas underneath. This can lead to contamination of the aquifer making the water undrinkable.

mining

This is a paddle mining machine. It rips holes in the landscape with no consideration for the microcosms of life it destroys without remorse.

open cut mining

The open cut mines are even worse. They go hundreds of feet down into the Earth, scarring the landscape and creating huge amounts of dust.

coal mining

Here we have a coal mine. It could easily be a gold mine, a nickel mine or a diamond mine. There are countless miles of tunnels crisscrossing the ground, some under our feet. Of course, there is a lot of shoring up done during the lives of these mines to ensure the safety of the workers.

What happens when the pillars rot or rust away? Only one thing can happen. The workings collapse causing instability in the rest of the mine leading to more collapses. Who is to say that this will not lead to the weakening of the structure of the Earths mantle?

If this happens then perhaps the tectonic plates that our continental land masses sit upon could begin to move faster, leading to more earthquakes and tsunamis.

The future is bleak. The death of the planet is assured, not in our lifetimes but eventually, it will happen, unless we ourselves make the changes required.

Stop the rape of the planet, protect our ecology both on land and in water bodioes. World peace is a must, followed by shared resourses and deletion of the need for wealth and money.

Euphoria? Yes. Only we can achive it by lobbying our politicialns to strive for unity across the globe.

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Howl Like A Wolf

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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It Is Time To Howl Like A Wolf

The wolf has been with us every day since the Pleistocene period, as far back as 125,000 years, in the form of the domesticated dog.

In the US, wolves were mercilessly hunted and totally eradicated by the 1920’s. Across the border in Canada, they lived on.

Fast forward to 1995 and our understanding of ecosystems had increased showing us that the wolf was necessary as a part of the chain of life in Yellowstone National Park. This led to 70 wolves being captured in Canada and relocated to Yellowstone. This was an effort to reverse the degradation of the fauna due to excessive grazing by animals whose predator had been removed.

There is also a landowner in Scotland who, in March this year, asked for permission to re-introduce the wolf to his land as a way of controlling the deer population.

But why howl like a wolf?

Howl At The Moon Day was started to make people aware of the importance of wolves in the wild.

It is also a great excuse to go camping and have a few beers before going outside the tent and howling at the moon. People will think you are acting like idiots, but it is really  just some harmless fun to had, especially with the approach of Halloween

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Reptile Awareness Day – Snakes Alive!

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Snakes Alive

Today is a reminder that snakes are well and truly on the move right now.

The warmer than expected weather is causing snakes to stir from their winter sleep into activity.

The first thing they will do, after warming up in the Sun, will be to look for water.

There are pockets of bush throughout out cities that may still have snakes living in them. If you live near such a spot, or if you live in a country town, be on the lookout for snakes trying to find water.

I myself stepped out of the front door to see a Dugite snake slithering away from the plants near the bird bath.

Bushwalkers should take extra care when walking. It is all too easy to come across a King Brown, a Dugite or a Tiger Snake.

Australia is a wonderful place to live. But it can be lethal too.

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