Australian friend Peter Berkeley, who thought climate change was a concern back in the 1990s, now has a farm in Queensland where the temperature can frequently be like this:
We share items like this:
Which helps explain items from Peter like this – from ABC News:
A remote cattle station in the Northern Territory is experiencing an unusual problem with its stock yards. The ground is on fire and it is proving very difficult to put out. …
Spontaneous combustion is the likely reason for the smouldering ground at Mt Denison, according to David Bowman, a professor of pyrogeography and fire science at the University of Tasmania.
“This is a unique example of enriched organic matter in the desert because of the high concentration of animals, being pulverised by their hooves, heated up by a heatwave, moistened by a lot of urine, plus bacteria, and then the wind came and triggered a little ground fire — very interesting.” …
Professor Bowman said a changing climate was creating unusual fire events across the world.
“We are seeing more and more unusual expressions of fire in the landscape,” he said.
And political consequences like this –from The Guardian:
In 2019, voters are prepared to look again at independents after a decade of climate policy failure. This has interlinked like-minded independents with outside players, including tech billionaires, the next generation of corporate giants, political disrupters such as GetUp and assorted community groups determined to drag governments by the scruff of the neck.
The difference too is that Turnbull’s national energy guarantee (Neg) brought business, farmers and the community together but was opposed by a vocal minority in the Liberal party room. This highlighted the contrast between the public and parliament, and now the Coalition is in danger of being left behind as cashed-up forces are ready to help independents to enter and force change, including Turnbull’s son Alex and the Atlassian co-founder, Mike Cannon-Brookes.
While conservative seats have had six years of the Coalition finding reasons not to act on climate change, independents are offering a starkly different policy position – testing which side of the Liberal party is most in line with their constituents.
And more outcomes like this – from the Sydney Morning Herald:
Environmental groups are cheering a decision in NSW’s Land and Environment Court that found the emissions of greenhouse gases and resulting climate change from a proposed coal mine were among the reasons to reject the project.
Brian Preston, chief judge of the court, handed down his judgment in a case between Gloucester Resources Ltd and the NSW Planning Minister in Sydney on Friday. He concluded the mine project was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.