Tag Archive for effects of climate change

How are Australia’s 160 Million Hectares of Eucalypt Forests Responding to Rising Carbon Dioxide?

The Story of the Understorey - Rising CO2 and how it affects our forest | SustainableSuburbia.net

Six years of research by Western Sydney University shows that higher carbon dioxide (CO2) levels cause significant changes in the diversity of our forests understories. They first established that “Australian trees can’t take advantage of extra carbon due to a lack of soil phosphorus and that rainfall has bigger effects on forest growth than elevated carbon dioxide.” Now, three years…

Powerful Climate Security Exhibition Opens Today

Climate change will have major implications for our defence forces and our regional neighbours. We need to get past partisan bickering and get on with securing our region | SustainableSuburbia.net

It’s the European Union’s 3rd annual Climate Diplomacy Week and a powerful exhibition, highlighting the risk to national and international security from climate change, opens in my town today, at UNSW Canberra. The EU’s touring exhibition, “Environment, Conflict & Cooperation”, visualises the multiple repercussions that climate change has on global health and food security, particularly in Pacific. Governments…

Extreme Weather Here to Stay: Climate Commission

New BOM weather map showing the extreme heat over Australia in January 2013, with a new colour purple in the centre, where the temperature was in the 50s Celcius.

A recent report from the Australian Climate Commission has called the current Australian heatwave unprecedented in measurement records, in terms of the length, the severity and the spread of the high temperatures. “Climate change has contributed to making the current extreme heat conditions and bushfires worse” says the report Off the Charts: Extreme Australian summer heat.…