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Extreme weather is severely damaging Australia’s native creatures

Out of sight, out of luck: the hidden victims of Australia’s deadly heatwaves, Guardian, Graham Readfearn @readfearn 4 Mar 2019 

Extreme weather events are causing severe damage to native flora and fauna, but the casualties are slipping under the radar……..

 for ecosystems up and down the country – languishing far from the cities and the social media glare – there was no escape.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology confirmed 2018 was the hottest December since records began in 1910, while January was the hottest month ever recorded……

ere have also been less headline-grabbing climate change-related tragedies. Based on studies of past extreme heat events, the affect of this summer’s heatwaves on Australia’s flora and fauna would have been severe, fundamental and, in some cases, deadly.

“I think in a lot of places it would have been carnage,” says James Cook University ecologist Prof Bill Laurance of the January heatwave. “We have just had records after records being broken. We only tend to notice when things start dropping out of the trees. We know that basically, lots of things are dying.”……….

March 7, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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