18.09.2017

Climate Change made Australia’s warmest winter on record an astounding 60 times more likely, our new report highlights.

The “Hot & Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter,” report shows the nation experienced its warmest winter on record (for average maximum temperatures), while more than 260 heat and low rainfall records were also broken throughout the season.

Climate Councillor and ecologist, Professor Lesley Hughes said Australia’s hottest winter in history was related to worsening climate change.

“Without any meaningful action to tackle climate change, we will continue to see many more hot winters, just like this, as global temperatures rise,” she said.

“We must take meaningful action to strongly reduce Australia’s emissions from fossil fuels.”

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REPORT

KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE:

  • Australia had its warmest winter on record, in terms of average maximum temperatures, reaching nearly 2ºC above average.
  • More than 260 heat and low rainfall records were broken during the winter months.
  • The nation experienced its second driest June on record and the driest winter since 2002.
  • The exceptionally warm and dry winter was made 60 times more likely by climate change.
  • Australia’s average winter temperatures have increased by around 1ºC since 1910, driven by climate change, as a direct result of burning fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas.
  • Winter warm spells are lasting longer, occurring more often and becoming more intense.

 

 

Flowers photographed on Wildflower Walk

Photo  Credit: Marj Webber

Some 90 participants joined BIEPA’s annual “Wonders of the Wallum” Wildflower Walk on Sunday, 3 September, through heathland at the top of Cotterill Avenue, Bongaree. This event is part of the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

We were again blessed with perfect weather and many of the flower species were at their best. The groups of walkers appreciated the knowledge and experience of our guides – Allan Carr from Native Plants Queensland and John Ward from the Bribie Wallum Action Group and Community Nursery. There was also valuable input from Ron Powell and Michael Strong concerning the Aboriginal
history of the area and the significance of the various plants and trees to the first inhabitants. BIEPA would like to thank them all for their contribution to the success of this event.

We were pleased to see that this Walk attracted enthusiasts from outside the local area – including from Maroochydore and the Northern Rivers. We also welcomed some overseas visitors.

From the feedback received, it seemed that everyone had an interesting and enjoyable morning.

Wildflower Walk 2017

Photo Credit: Emma Carter

We look forward to welcoming you again next year!

 

Koalas

Did you know more than 80% of koalas have disappeared from Queensland’s Koala Coast due to excessive tree clearing? BIEPA was shocked too. That’s why BIEPA emailed a KIMBY (Koala In My Back Yard) to the Queensland Government to protect the habitat of koalas and other Australian wildlife.

Will you send one too?
Visit www.wwf.org.au/savekoalas to send yours now!”