Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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This summer’s sea temperatures were the hottest on record for Australia: Here’s why …

The summer of 2015-2016 was one of the hottest on record in Australia ( HERE ). But it has also been hot in the waters surrounding the nation: the hottest summer on record, in fact.

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While summer on land has been dominated by significant warm spells, bushfires, and dryness, there is a bigger problem looming in the oceans around Australia.

This summer has outstripped long-term sea surface temperature records that extend back to the 1950s. We have seen warm surface temperatures all around Australia and across most of the Pacific and Indian oceans, with particularly warm temperatures in the southeast and northern Australian regions.

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In recent months, this warming has been boosted – just like land temperatures – by natural and human-caused climate factors.

Why so warm?

These record-breaking ocean temperatures around Australia are somewhat surprising. El Niño events, such as the one we’re currently experiencing, typically result in cooler than normal Australian waters during the second half of the year. So what is the cause?

The most likely culprit is a combination of local ocean and weather events, with a substantial contributor being human-caused climate change.

Read more HERE

Elaine Miles
Ocean Climatologist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Claire Spillman
Research Scientist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology

David Jones
Scientist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology

David Walland
Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Mark Horstman, Catalyst, ABC: Tassie Fires We like to think Tasmania is a refuge from climate change – a cool green island at the bottom of a warming world. But this summer may have seen a tipping point. The unprecedented number and size of fires ignited by dry lightning in Tasmania are no longer ‘natural’ events. Conditions are so dry that the soil itself is burning. Ecosystems normally too wet to burn are going up in smoke. 1000 year old World Heritage forests face irreversible loss. Is this what climate change looks like?

What the Pollies reckon … there are permanent links to what the Greens, Libs and Labs, National and State, say HERE

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. TGC

    April 15, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Perhaps it would be a good idea to inquire of the First Australians how they managed climate changes over the several tens of thousands of years they have been here,
    There must have some.

  2. Jon Sumby

    April 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    No. 9, Elmer, not a ‘blip’ but a mass extinction.

    The ocean is acidifying ten times faster than it did 66 million years ago at the last mass extinction. In that event 90% of marine species went extinct, despite it happening ten times slower than the acidification happening now.

    The idea of a ‘blip’ is uncaring. One could just easily say that world wide nuclear war can happen but it doesn’t matter because in a million or so years the Earth will be ‘fresh and clean again’.

    The idea of a ‘blip’ excuses human agency and moral responsibility for human actions. On that level in our society, one could equally say that the treatment of Aborigines is just a ‘blip’ and a few centuries from now who will care? The wholesale extinction of human languages could be considered a ‘blip’ because in a few centuries the only languages will be English and Chinese, who cares about the rest?

    It matters here and now and it is not a ‘blip’

  3. Elmer F.

    April 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    This is just the beginning of a natural evolutionary process.

    All species rise and decline.

    Given the overstocked nature of the planet, and the reliance upon intensive agriculture, major upheavals will follow repeated crop failures.

    Refugees are treated well only when there is enough food for everyone.

    After that, it becomes survival of the fittest.

    This planet has seen many horrors, but nothing like what is coming.

    It will be bad for us, but not the earth. The air and water will be fresh and clean again in a million years or so, just a blip in the scheme of things.

  4. Peter Bright

    April 7, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Thankyou Jon at #6.

    At http://www.countercurrents.org/cc070416A.htm

    there’s this ..

    [i]A group of intellectuals including Noam Chomsky, academics and activists have come forward with a document called “Some Possible Ideas For Going Forward”[/i]

    “The world is facing a Titanic moment. Either humanity comes together as one and save the Mother Ship Earth or we go down without a trace!

    “The major crises we face are ecological crisis manifested in global warming/climate change, soil degradation, water crisis, over all environmental damage, war perpetrated by predatory capitalism which could eventually lead to a nuclear winter, resource crisis, health, education and economic crisis etc.”

  5. William Boeder

    April 7, 2016 at 1:04 am

    America is a classic example of wealth before provision for health.
    Malcolm likes America, he even worked for one of their reprehensible GFC major contributors.
    Goldman Sachs would sell the Country of America if it could find somebody with that huge amount of purchasing power.
    Have a look in the Sarawak report how the shockingly exorbitant fee structure strips money from the State of Malaysia’s people-fund accounts.

    We have an equivalent in Australia that has shafted the State of Tasmania for multi-millions of dollars in the form of the unscrupulous Macquarie Bank.
    If our government ministers were not so gullibly stupid we as a State would not now owe the Mac Bank the multi-millions signed by the government of the day as just another part of the Bass-link
    feed-line established for the Smelter operators.

    Oh that’s right, these multi-nationals only pay a pittance for their power that costs this State its irredeemable millions.

  6. Jon Sumby

    April 6, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    No. 5, Peter, I agree with you completely. The consumer/Capitalist society we live in privileges money over environment.

  7. Peter Bright

    April 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    John Hayward at #2 asks ..

    [i]”Appalling, despite not being new or surprising, but how do you get it through a LibLab cranium?”[/i]

    .. to which one reply could be that such efforts would require reference to definitions of impossible.

    Most of us have seen red road signs that say “Wrong way. Go Back” and now it’s our planet itself, while suffering increasing and perhaps irreparable damage from Liberal attitudes and policies, that’s effectively saying the same thing.

    We ignore these warnings at our peril.

    I believe that humanity will continue with this reckless course, regardless.

  8. Elmer F.

    April 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    The Huon Bamboo Lounge is almost finished, our Hobart hula girls team have been on their tanning beds getting the pasty skin fixed, a ship container of Malibu rum is on the way, our new tourist biz will be a tend setter, just wait.

    And some yellowbelly in the old trout dam for the dads.

    Best to get in early.

    Elmer

  9. phill Parsons

    April 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    In answer to the question posed by #2. Immersion in sea water is not known to have an affect beyond spluttering, combustion in a bushfire guarantees a response of normality, drought and floods bring construction of walls as a reponse, storms a cascade of cash for repair and individual action regulations limiting the reponse.

    I am afraid the only way to get through is a catastrophe for which there is no recovery.

  10. john hayward

    April 6, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Appalling despite not being new or surprising, but how do you get it through a LibLab cranium?

    John Hayward

  11. Philip Lowe

    April 6, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Only when the price of sea front real estate is affected will Australians truly sit up and begin to think that there just might be something in this global warming thing.

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