More accepting climate change

Prof Lesley Hughes, of Sydney, says events such as the Australian bushfires are influencing opinion on the issue of climate change. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Prof Lesley Hughes, of Sydney, says events such as the Australian bushfires are influencing opinion on the issue of climate change. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

The increasing intensity of extreme weather events, and associated hugely damaging bushfires in Australia, are starting to influence public opinion over climate change issues, a leading ecologist, Prof Lesley Hughes, says.

Prof Hughes, of Macquarie University, Sydney, gave a public lecture on ''Southern hemisphere biodiversity in a changing climate: 2050 and beyond'' at an international conference being staged in Dunedin this week.

More than 300 researchers from about 35 countries are attending the Seventh Southern Connection Congress, a multidisciplinary gathering devoted to natural science research involving the southern hemisphere.

Prof Hughes felt frustrated that despite a high level of agreement among scientists about the big threat which global warming posed to the environment, human life and many plant and animal species, many other people had not fully grasped the urgency of the situation.

By 2050, global temperatures could be expected to rise about 4degC on average and scientists were indicating it was ''fantasy'' that increased temperatures could be confined within a mooted 2degC ''guard-rail'' limit.

Heat waves and fire dangers in parts of Australia would be significantly worse by 2050, and it would, in fact, be hard to maintain human habitation in parts of central Australia at that stage.

New Zealand would not be exempt from the impact of climate change, and rising sea levels would make it harder to protect some coastline assets.

Prof Hughes said a ''silent majority'' of Australians already accepted the reality of man-induced climate change and recent huge bushfires and the prospect of a further drought were likely to eventually make it easier to argue for more political action to counter climate change.

Super-storm Sandy also killed more than 30 people in the United States in October last year and affected about 50 million people, sending a record 4m tidal surge into parts of the New York subway system, and making many people homeless. Prof Hughes said weather-related devastation on that scale was also likely to be influencing public perception of climate change issues in the United States.

President Barack Obama had recently called for stronger action on climate change.

The five-day congress, hosted by the University of Otago, focusing on ''Southern Lands and Southern Oceans: Life on the Edge?'' ended yesterday.

Chaotic weather in Australia

The geo-engineering that is manipulating the weather here in Australia is part of a push for the population to accept the "climate change" hypothesis which is being pushed by the Americans and the technology available to them. We have seen massive weather events here which are totally uncharacteristic and being driven and manipulated with the use of high altitude chemtrials combined with the use of high energy waves being directed and reflected into the region by H.A.A.R.P. technology. You'll be on the receiving end with similar uncharacteristic weather, I hear with your tornadoes, hot temps, heavy rain mix of weather.

What the meteorologists are not reporting on is the upper atmospheric unnatural cloud conditions which are causing havoc in the lower levels of normal weather. This can be identified as whitey hazy blue sky instead of deep blue sky which has basically gone forever these days. Tonight parts of southern Queensland with areas around Bundaberg are under huge heavy flooding.

The Govt have to come clean and inform the citizens here that they have given the OK for this programme a long time ago. We have just been trying to get through the hottest temps recorded in our main cities here of 40-45 degreesC together with raging electrical storms that start 100s of fires around the tinderbox states of Qld, NSW and Tasmania! Believe me H.A.A.R.P. plays havoc as they manipulate. Any earthquakes lately there? Hmmmm. . .

Cheers from a Dunedinite living in Wollongong NSW and seeing a general assault on the populated areas of Australia with Geo-engineering for quite sometime now.