i think its time for people to wake up and smell the coffee!!!
the recent fire storms in australia is far from normal even for australia. Its unprecidented
IT IS only a couple of years since scientists first told us we could expect a new order of fires in south-eastern Australia, fires of such ferocity
they would engulf the towns in their path.
And here they are. The fires of Saturday were not "once in 1000 years" or even "once in 100 years" events, as our political leaders keep
repeating. They were the face of climate change.
They were the result of the new conditions that climate change has caused: higher temperatures, giving us hotter days, combined with lower rainfall,
giving us a drier landscape. Let's stop using the word "drought", with its implication that dry weather is the exception. The desiccation of the
landscape here is the new reality. It is now our climate.
People are comparing last Saturday to Ash Wednesday and Black Friday. But this misses the point. We should be comparing these fires to the vast and
devastating fires of 2002-03, which swept through 2 million hectares of forest in the south-east and raged uncontrollably for weeks. They have been
quickly forgotten because, being mainly in parks, they did not involve a large loss of human life or property. But it is to this fire regime, the new
fire regime of climate change, rather than to the regimes of 1983 or 1939, that the present fires belong.
Saturday's events showed us the terrifying face of climate change. The heat was devastating, even without the fire.
Wildlife carers reported many incidents of heat stress and death among native animals. This means that out in the bush, unreported, vast numbers of
animals were suffering. We can all see the trees and other plants dying in our gardens and parks. Our local fauna and flora have not adapted to these
extremes. With wildfire, heat death becomes a holocaust, for people, for animals and for plants.
The Government is wondering how to stimulate the economy. It is planning to give away much of the surplus from boom times in handouts. It has made the
usual token allocations to climate change mitigation, allocations that will in no way deflect the coming holocaust.
The Prime Minister weeps on television at the tragedy of Saturday's events. He looks around uncomprehendingly, unable to find meaning. But there is
meaning. This is climate change. This is what the scientists told us would happen. All the climatic events of the past 10 years have led inexorably to
this. And this is just the beginning of something that will truly, if unaddressed, overwhelm us.
As the events of Saturday showed, the consequences of climate change will make the financial crisis look like a garden party.
Yet there is a synchronicity here that must not be missed. The extraordinary economic measures for which the financial crisis is calling provide a
perfect opportunity to fund the energy revolution for which the crisis of climate change is calling. If the Government does not seize it, then the
terrifying world into which we were plunged on Saturday will become the world we will have to inhabit.
Freya Mathews is honorary research fellow at the philosophy department of La Trobe University.
I think climate change is not weather its happening or not rather what is causing it.
Co2 theory seems to be of debunked
Earths magnetic field theory seems to be catching fire its self just latly and seems more of a reality than 1 may of first thought.