Nope, we dont have climate change
Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife
Reference material NASA
Reference material NASA
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.
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.
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.
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.*
Rain will become more and more unreliable, creating more desert conditions, which in turn create more loss of crops and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.