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message 1: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6640 comments Mod
Australia has been deforesting at breakneck pace, mines and exports vast amounts of coal, and pumps millions of years worth of aquifer water out of the biggest aquifer in the world so fast that it has been almost emptied.
Now, according to the Guardian, farmers are starting to admit climate change is for real.
I am astounded that farms feel they are on the end of the energy line. Why not place a few solar panels on every roof and water tank pump?

https://www.theguardian.com/australia...

As an aside, I mention Australia's difficulties in one of my cli-fi books.


message 2: by Clare (last edited Jul 04, 2018 07:34AM) (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6640 comments Mod
Some lighter fiction which describes life in desertifying Australia pretty well.

The Herb Gardener
The Herb Gardener by Maris Morton
Patchwork Family in the Outback
Patchwork Family in the Outback by Soraya Lane
Beneath Outback Skies
Beneath Outback Skies (Outback Dust #1) by Alissa Callen
Jillaroo
Jillaroo (Jillaroo, #1) by Rachael Treasure


message 3: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6640 comments Mod
Reuters tells us that rain is not expected in Australia. Or not very much of it.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-au...


message 4: by Robert (new)

Robert Zwilling | 2193 comments That's the bad part about the climate changing, globally there is more moisture in the air and yet it doesn't rain equally, some areas are getting much more, other areas are getting less.


message 5: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6640 comments Mod
Australia's unprecedented heatwave continues with intense bushfires, even on Tasmania, and feral animals are now dying along with fish, koalas...
Warning that this report contains a distressing image.
Note that the feral camels are competing with livestock, so are being shot.

https://earther.gizmodo.com/australia...


message 6: by Robert (new)

Robert Zwilling | 2193 comments Note that the feral camels are competing with livestock, so are being shot.

What people never realize is that we are walking on the same gang plank our victims are walking on, only farther back in the line.


message 7: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6640 comments Mod
More on Tas: the same UN World Heritage Site that burnt a few years ago is half burnt away now.

https://earther.gizmodo.com/tasmania-...

An author I'm in contact with said her husband was called away from his job to fight fires for a few days, but the effort was given up and they had to leave their home, which is threatened.


message 8: by Clare (last edited Feb 02, 2019 03:21AM) (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6640 comments Mod
Australia's hottest month ever. And hottest day ever.

https://www.independent.ie/world-news...
" The South Australian capital Adelaide on January 24 recorded the hottest day ever for a major Australian city - a searing 46.6C.

On the same day, the South Australian town of Port Augusta, population 15,000, recorded 49.5C - the highest maximum anywhere in Australia last month. "

No animal photos in that one, just as well. We are told about fish kills:
" hundreds of thousands of fish died in two mass deaths during January linked to excessive heat.

A South Australia state government report on Thursday found that too much water had been drained from the river system for farming under a management plan that did not take into account the impact of climate change on the river's health. "

For those who aren't sure, the warmer water can hold less oxygen so the fish can't breathe. The warmth also has effects on the whole river food chain and shrinks the amount of water in the river. For instance if trees shed leaves or die in the heat, they no longer shade the river.


message 9: by Robert (new)

Robert Zwilling | 2193 comments I saw somewhere people were trying to pump air into streams so fish wouldn't be starved of oxygen. Can't remember where it was.


message 10: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6640 comments Mod
This post belongs in both the Aussie thread and the flooding one. Days of rain in the tropical north have forced the dam managers to open the floodgates, with predictable and dangerous results.

https://www.independent.ie/world-news...

This is being called a once a century event. I don't like to remind you but Dublin had two once a century pluvial events in eighteen months.


message 11: by Robert (new)

Robert Zwilling | 2193 comments All that water gets wasted while it is needed in other parts of the country.


message 12: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6640 comments Mod
What has happened over eons is that the tropical rain soaks into the ground in the north, and flows down through an aquifer to the middle and southeast, in what is the biggest aquifer in the world. However, due to constant abstraction for irrigation and stock, that aquifer has been almost depleted. The ground compacts without the water molecules, down to the bedrock, and may not be able to expand again, like concrete.


message 13: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6640 comments Mod
When water does flow into an interior water source, the birds follow.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-1...


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