You will be aware that Sea Turtles lay their eggs on land. Climate change is threatening their existence. Even though they can live up to the age of 150 years. The average is a 50-year life span.
Sea Turtles drag themselves up the beach away from the shoreline to bury eggs in the sand. Six to eight weeks later, the hatchlings dig their way up to the surface and face a perilous journey to the ocean. Seagulls and Skuas know when the hatch takes place. They wait for an easy dinner when the baby turtles surface.
The hatchlings that make it to the water are still not safe. One in One Thousand hatchlings are likely to survive.
Now a new fear has arisen. The Scientific Community and Nature Conservation bodies are in agreement. Climate change will cause rising sea levels. Add the increase in severe weather events and the outcome is clear.
The waterline will rise. The beaches will erode. These factors will destroy the nesting sites of the Sea Turtles. Then, in turn, the population will drop. There will be fewer hatchlings, yet the same number will die on the way to the ocean. And so the population dwindles. All due to climate change.
this tied with two other years, 2007 and 2016. Recording arctic sea ice levels began in 1970. This tells you that scientists must have been aware of climate change for 50 years.
What is the Artcic Sea Ice?
Arctic sea ice is a vast area of seawater that is frozen and floats on the Arctic Ocean.
It grows each year in the Northern winter and shinks again in the 6 months of Arctic summer. Historical data now shows that the ice area is less across both seasons in the Arctic. This affects the ecology of the area as a whole. More icebergs are now freed from the main body of ice. Weather patterns change and the ocean currents alter.
A quote from climate change senior scientist Claire Parkinson. “This year’s minimum sea ice extent shows that there is no sign that the sea ice cover is rebounding.” This means that the ice amounts will continue to deplete.
Rising ocean levels will contribute to changes in weather patterns. Ice melts every summer. We all know that. But the changes in climate mean the ice does not recover fully in the freeze season. As the 2019 Arctic sea ice lowest on record data shows, we are gripped in a constant loss of ice. Coupled with rising temperatures, extreme weather events will become more frequent.
Why Bushfires Are Predicted To Get Worse Than Ever
Why Bushfires Are Predicted To Get Worse. Bushfires are being fuelled by drought. The humidity levels drop which causes the understorey to dry creating more fuel. Native Australian gum trees start to drop leaves attempting to survive the lack of water. This is partly why bushfires are predicted to get worse.
Lightning strikes provide the spark for many bushfires. Sadly, many get started on purpose by idiots. Australian bushfires can get out of control fast.
Climatologists predict that as climate change occurs globally, there will be more bushfires. These fires result in the devastation of crops, wildlife, stock, and homes. Some wildlife will survive by fleeing, but there will be nothing to graze on after the fire. No flowers to produce nectar. No nesting materials. No water to drink.
Further forecasting shows that weather events will become more extreme. Areas that get monsoons will get wetter whilst areas with low rainfall will become drier.
Events know as ‘Megadroughts’ will be frequent. A Megadrought is a drought that lasts over thirty years. The risk of a Megadrought occurring in the US will be 80% by 2099.
Bushfires generate their own weather patterns. There may be a rush a wind ahead of a bushfire even though the local winds are low. This rush of wind speeds the growth of the fire and contributes to the fire becoming uncontained. In other words, even if the wind seems light, fires can advance faster than expected.
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.