How climate change rearranges which species are dominant

An example of how warm climate species are moving north towards the Arctic threatening the species that live there.

A Tale of Two Foxes - how climate change rearranges which species are dominant. Canadian Don Gutowski's brilliant but disturbing photo - Grand title winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 on exhibit amongst many awe-inspiring others in Sydney's National Maritime Museum. The exhibition is really worth a visit.


"From a distance, Don could see that the red fox was chasing something across the snow. As he got closer, he realised the prey, now dead, was an Arctic fox. For three hours in temperatures of -30 degrees Centigrade Don stayed at the scene, until the red fox, finally sated, picked up the eviscerated carcass and dragged it away to store for later. In the Canadian tundra, global warming is extending the range of red foxes northwards, where they increasingly cross paths with their smaller relatives, the Arctic fox. For Arctic foxes, red foxes now represent not just their main competitor – both hunt small animals such as lemmings – but also their main predator. Few actual kills by red foxes have been witnessed so far, but it is likely that conflicts between the two mammals will become more common."

The Nations with the Strongest Solar Resources

This graphs shows the total solar radiation at ground level for the largest 20 nations in the world ordered from left to right by land area. Russia is the largest by far and has the highest amount of solar radiation. However Russia's solar radiation is relatively weak due to the high latitudes. Though Russia is 2.22 times the size of Australia, it only has 7% more solar radiation. Thus, Australia can be said to have the strongest solar resources in the world.

This shows the ordering of countries by solar radiation with Russia, Austraila, Brazil, China, the USA and Canada leading well above all outher countries.

This shows the percapita insolation of of all G20 countries with Australia over double that of any other G20 nation.

This shows the left hand side and the far right hand side of what is realy the same graph of the ratio of energy consumption per annum divided by the solar resources per annum. On the far right, Taiwan's ratio is the highest at just over 3.5. On the far left, Australia receives around 25,000 times its annual energy consumption in solar radiation each year. a ratio of 0.00004! Australia is overflowing with solar energy. Australa only needs to collect the radiation landing on an area 25km by 25km to cover its annual energy needs.  

Each country's commitment to COP21 could be measured by their relative position in the distribution of solar resources worldwide.


Source: The Worldwide Distribution of Solar Resources by Nation, paper by Colin Hargreaves presented to the World Resources Forum, Oct 2015, in Davos.

 
 

We absolutely must save the 

Great Barrier Reef

Write an email to the Environment Minister Greg Hunt, NOW
or tweet him @GregHuntMP

There's no need to explain the vital importance of the Great Barrier Reef, not only to the environment but also tourism, science including medicine, and even the identity of Australia.


New Regulations on dumping in the area stop dumping within the confines of the marine park itself but not the rest of the World Heritage Area (about 80%). We all know how currents, storms etc can spread dumped silt and other pollution across incredibly wide areas such that anything dumped just outside the marine park will very likely be swept all across the park. 


So we need to stop the dumping in the whole World Heritage Area.


So please write an email to the Minister now, today, expressing your concerns, or tweet him a short message, now, please.

G20 Action on Climate Change
Do the G20 Countries Care?
Millions dead or homeless already
Wake Up G20 ! Is COP21 leading anywhere

Climate change is the most important issue facing the global economy. It will cause -


  • Mass starvation and migrations of people without food 
  • Mass slaughter as sea levels rise, accompanied by extreme storm surges
  • Mass migrations of people escaping droughts, floods and rising sea levels
  • Massive outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and malaria
  • Financial instability - devaluations of fossil fuel reserves and related company shares, devaluations of property assets especially waterfronts.
  • Threats to Food production and Agriculture in general, which will also differentially affect land valuations
  • Increased Transport Costs
  • Increased Infrastructure Costs - repairing and building stronger roads, bridges, waterfronts, etc
  • Increased Costs of Emergency Services with more extreme weather events
  • Increased Housing Construction Costs rising to cope with these weather events
  • and so the list goes on and on.


Sincere action is needed from the G20 on Climate Change which will most affect the poor and hungriest in the world. Australia has the strongest solar energy 'resources' of all nations in the world; it, above all, should take the lead to move to a solar economy. 


Why?


The G20 Caused the Problem


The G20 nations are really THE nations that have created this pollution of the world through the burning of fossil fuels with no awareness or concern for the environmental effect. 


The Wealthy G20 nations can afford to Solve It


The G20 are able to afford making changes. Being the dominant economies of the world, they are the countries who benefited most from this cost-cutting pollution. If they change, the problem will essentially be solved. My fear is that they will only change when they see a way of making profit out of it, probably at the expense of poorer nations which would greatly increase world inequality. They can do better.


The G20 is an easier Group to manage


The G20 is a far smaller group than the lugubrious UN and should thus find it much easier to unite and take positive action. The G20 includes all members of the UN Security Council. In the end, the UN is essentially controlled by the G20 nations. So unless they agree on action, nothing will happen anyhow. If the G20 agree on actions to take now, the UN will probably follow. We need action, not playing delaying games like an Emissions Trading Scheme.  Simple direct carbon taxes should be imposed just like cigarette taxes, with revenues used to provide strong support for all ways of moving to fully renewable energy asap.


In the end, it is changes within the G20 that will dominate the outcome.



Earth Warming unabated

Hottest June to August and probably hottest ever September. 

See below the alarming developments in ocean currents and microbial blooms. 

These following two images show the stark temperature anomalies at both poles on Sept 30.

Temperatures for each location are shown as departures from the average for 1979-2000, measured by satellites.

The next two images look at the ocean temperature anomalies with alarming amounts of warm water moving south to north through the Bering Strait and, on the right, you can see the massive microbial bloom associated with this. The Bering Strait is on the right of the frame and the bottom of the image is about 500 miles long, photo taken on September 28.

Once the ocean currents start flowing in different patterns, the world will never be the same. 

For a really good full article discussing these images, click here.

Climate Change or
Climate Chaos?

A recent World Meteorological Organisation has brought out a report showing the dramatic increase in dangerous events and disasters over the last 40 years.  Whatever way you look at it, we should possibly be talking of climate chaos rather than climate change. In addition to the average warming, the increase in volatility is even more worrying. However, politically, chaos may not be the best word to use as it is frightening but, even if we move to 100% renewables soonish, this will not stop the effects in train already over the next 30 to 50 years. Clearly we need to start preparing for the potential chaos to come. This is one of the goals of the AoC.

Click here to see the WMO report, entitled "Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970-2012)".

Will Private Power Production overcome the Fossil Fuel giants?

In a very interesting article  in the Guardian, Giles Parkinson argues that Solar has already won. By 2040, he argues, over 50% of electricity could be generated where it is used. This has stunning ramifications. To read more, click here

US becomes world leading fossil fuel producer

With its massive investment in shale oil and gas resources, the US has now become the world number one producer of crude oil, overtaking both Saudi Arabia and Russia. See the blog on News 

Caribbean Reefs also at Risk

 like the Great Barrier Reef

With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

WWF Soaring High
Saves Virunga NP 
and ALL World Heritage Sites 
from Soco Oil
WELL DONE!!!

"Hundreds of thousands of petitioners drew the line, and told UK oil company Soco to leave Virunga – and it worked! They’ve committed to end their operations in Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park and remain out of all World Heritage Sites." Read More

The success of this cannot be underestimated as it draws a line in the sand for all oil and gas companies, all over the world, to be careful about where they explore and drill. It might even help with the Great Barrier Reef campaign and Tasmanian World Heritage forests.

Report shows Australia lagging behind 


in reaching its climate targets

Vivid Economics was asked by WWF Australia to perform a comparative analysis of Australia’s progress towards attaining its climate change targets against key international comparators. For the identified countries, we analysed historic emissions performance, projected trends and national targets to assess whether or not they are on track to meet their stated goals, and compared the results against projections for Australia. We also reviewed recent policy developments, including on renewable investment, energy efficiency and carbon pricing, for each country to further complement the analysis and provide an insight into their commitment to meet targets and address climate change. See Full Report
First major tar sands oil shipment from Canada arrives in Europe amid protests
Ashifa Kassam and Adam Vaughan  the Guardian, Friday 6th June
 " Producing oil from tar sands generates higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil. It has also been criticised for the amount of water needed to extract it. "  Read More

World Meteorological Organization 


Announces Record 


CO2 Concentrations for April


"For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April throughout the northern hemisphere. This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming our planet".   26 May


Read More


Alaskan Wildfire 


Burns over 650 sq Kms


Read More

Map showing over 400ppm CO2 concentrations in Northern Hemisphere


Pope: 


Destroying the Earth 


is a Sin

Solar Panels on Roofs of vatican

Read More                                    Credit: PAS

 
 
 
 

Constant CO2 pollution 
by G20 countries, plus knowing inaction = implicit genocide?

Famine

Famine Victims

Rapid spread of diseases like Ebola

2014 worst ever, already 5000 deaths from this Ebola epidemic

Carbon Emission Deaths
Emissions of carbon and other pollutants are "responsible for approximately seven million premature deaths every year worldwide", Steiner, Exec Dir UNEP.

Flooding

Bangladesh Flood Victims Aug 2014 Flooding left c500,000 homeless

Typhoon Haiyan Strongest Ever! 

over 6300 dead

Cyclone Nargis Maryanmar 2008 over 138,000 fatalities

Bangladesh storm surges killed 300-500,000 in 1970; Climate 

Change makes them more common

Ferocious Bushfires, 

on Black Sunday 183 people died

Melbourne Heat Wave  Early 2009

374 extra deaths deaths

Northern Summer Heatwave 2010

Estimate 17,905,000 deaths globally

Climate Change induces Conflict 

Syrian Civil War - drought a major cause, nearly 200,000 dead already

A Flag for a united 
Climate Movement


The 4 elements, earth, fire, water and air (green, red, blue and white)  + a 5th, aether, represented by the sun (yellow)

Plus a possible Anthem

Belgium's 2012 professional

 video of "Do It Now".


IMF



Urges Action on Climate Change.  Christine Lagarde says don't wait for new targets, start carbon tax or other measures now Read More

Your carbon footprint? 

Like to know what it is? 

If so, click here.

Great Graphics

Roaring Forties Move South reducing rainfall in Australia

Good Videos

The following are links to some very revealing videos.


  1. Disruption
  2. NBC News
  3. Years of Living Dangerously
  4. Stories from the Lagoon
  5. Two Degrees


Do please let us know of any others you would recommend.


Let us know of
Your Action Days

If your organisation or community group is organising an action day, do tell us so that we can promote it on our web site for you. 

Let's do it NOW, NOW, NOW (click to hear song)
It's good to listen to this once a day 
and then DO something for our climate.
Every weekday morning, we put out a new song on social media #singfortheclimate
                      

Pope:



Destroying 

the Earth

 is a Sin

 

“Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” 


“But when we exploit Creation we destroy the sign of God’s love for us, in destroying Creation we are saying to God: ‘I don’t like it! This is not good!’ ‘So what do you like?’ ‘I like myself!’ – Here, this is sin!”


Read More 

Pontifical academies' statement. 
"Humanity has entered a new era. Our technological prowess has brought humanity to a crossroads. ... Perhaps the greatest challenge lies in the sphere of human values ...  Yet our message is also one of hope and joy.  A healthier, safer, more just, more prosperous, and sustainable world is within reach." Read More


Rocky River Public School sings 

"Do It Now"

We asked Rocky River Public School if they would like to sing "Do It Now" for us  ad they gladly accepted. We are very pleased to present an initial unedited video of the result. It's for our children's sake that we must respond to the threat of climate change to their future.

Climate Change is far too important for party politics. All sides need to come together to discuss the best ways of reducing climate change, mitigating its effects and adapting to the already unavoidable. The international community managed to work together magnificently in reducing CFCs with the Montreal Protocol. The issues relating to climate change are just as important if not more important than CFCs; the whole world needs to unite together again to deal with the issues in an effective and equitable way.

 

But it is not just an issue for national governments. Every person needs to take ownership and accept their part, their responsibility, each in their own small way.  This organisation is looking to people from all over Australia, of all political persuasions, to work together on climate issues, at the community action level, down to how each individual can take responsibility for their own impact on climate change.  We aim to improve Education about Climate Science but, not just that, but also about what we can do, ourselves. If we do not insist on changes and show it in how we vote and purchase goods, governments and corporations will do nothing.

 

Act on Climate is a democratic, non-profit organisation looking currently for volunteers to help build it and set up related discussion groups about climate change across the nation. The constitution is based on that of one of Australia's largest motoring associations, with their permission. The major changes to that constitution are that directors will be elected by members and are unpaid, and this aims to be a national association as opposed to a state-based one.

 

This site is to be your site, or more correctly, our members' site. While there will be an editorial overview to remove immoderate or bad language, the aim is for members to contribute material on a very wide range of topics, building into a highly informative site on all issues related to climate change, full of ideas from the big picture stuff down to the small picture - what we can do ourselves to contribute. 

 

Please register if interested in joining this network and contributing in some way; volunteer web site design is our first need. You may either become a full member or just join our email list.

 

Finally, the picture above was chosen to show the fairly idyllic life we enjoy today but with the storm coming from left field, and all the worries that raises. If you have an image, a comment, or an article that you are willing to share that would be great; please use the blogs pages or email the AoC.

 

Thanks for your time.