Brace yourself: Climate change is coming

You’ve heard it a million times and tossed the subject aside. But now is the time for action! YOU can help!

Climate-Change-Meme_5

 

NASA found that 97% or more of climate scientists agree climate change is happening. Yet there is still public skepticism…

Climate variation over long time periods is natural. But humans are so influential in this new age that we are accelerating the effects of climate change; so much so, that the rest of the natural world is struggling to keep up!

Effects of climate change include but are not limited to:

  • Ocean acidification (killing reef ecosystems)
  • Sea level rise (drowning low lying settlements)
  • Habitat range shift/shrinkage for fauna and flora.

The drowning island nation of Kiribati

 

A new study in Australia has added weight to already extensive scientific evidence for climate change across the world. Fei Ji and his team at the NSW department of Environment and Heritage have predicted decreasing East Coast Low (ECL) rainfall events, directly correlated with increasing carbon emissions.

More carbon emissions = less drinking water

ECL events will decrease in frequency by 16-36%. These rainfall events are also predicted to be shorter and less intense. This means increasingly less water for Australia.

 

JI, F., Evans, J.P., Argueso, D., Fita, L. and Di Luca, A., 2015. Using large-scale diagnostic quantities to investigate change in East Coast Lows. Climate Dynamics (in press).

JI, F., Evans, J.P., Argueso, D., Fita, L. and Di Luca, A., 2015. Using large-scale diagnostic quantities to investigate change in East Coast Lows. Climate Dynamics (in press).

 

A growing population and less water leaves us with serious concerns over:

  • Security of drinking water reservoirs
  • Reduced agricultural productivity
  • In turn, less food
  • Reduced export
  • Reduced economic return.

Drought is already a major issue for Australia, 70% of our land is arid, the last thing we need is to become the new Sahara.

Arid zones of Australia – Australian Bureau of Meteorology

 

The findings of this study are a direct effect of climate change that will be seen in OUR lifetime. Less rainfall is of major concern for water security in Australia.

Skepticism around human induced climate change is stalling much needed efforts into saving our planet and its climate. The main driver of climate change is carbon emissions.

Everyone has a carbon footprint and everyone has the potential to reduce his or hers. Every little effort helps and YOU can make a difference!

 

How can you help you ask? Simple things like:

  • Walk, bike or use public transport instead of driving
  • Buy food with less packaging
  • Support the use of green energy
  • Click here for or a comprehensive list of suggestions

 

Action must be taken immediately to reduce carbon emissions, not only for our water security but every other adverse outcome brought on by climate change.

It’s your turn now, make a difference, spread the word and save our planet!

To join a movement of climate concerned activists, look us up, and join our team at www.climateconcerned.com.au

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