Sunday, 25 May 2014

No Coincidence That Temperature Records Continue to Rise

Diggers Rest has a new record for the most number of days of more than 20 degrees in May.

Last Wednesday the temperature struck 20.7 degrees after climbing four degrees between 10am and 11.30am.

Graphic Jamie Brown - Source Bureau of Meteorology

The temperature rose slightly earlier than forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology, which had expected the 20 degree milestone between 1pm and 2pm.

With a record now of 11 days of more than 20 degrees in May and counting, there is no sign that Melbourne’s warm spell will abate until at least June.

In Janury 2014, Diggers Rest recorded the most number of days over 40 degrees. In summer, bushfire raged around our communities and threatened thousands of lives.

Unfortunately, this is only the beginning or worsening weather.

The debate about whether the climate change is real is over. There are no more radical doomsayers in the  science community, only consensus that the weather will become more erratic due to impacts of human consumption. There is a myth that the changes will only make the earth warmer or colder. The truth is that the climate will become extreme - impacting different regions in different ways. Unfortunately the warnings were clouded by political confusion.

Last week, the Guardian reported that the Western Antarctic ice sheet collapse has already begun. This means that the earth has passed the tipping point and the impacts are inevitable.

This is why the Earth Fest will be held this November. It is our chance to support those who want to slow the impacts down, protect us from the dangers, and aid those who are hurt by the natural disasters.

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