Several citizens have found animals struggling to cope with persistent heat.
- Magpies struggling to find enough water, suffering with heatstroke, falling over.
- 3 chickens died in the heat of January 2019.
- Willy Wagtail found dead in tree from heat exhaustion.
- January 2019 temperatures were nearly 6 degrees above the long-term average.
- The region has seen increasing periods of above average temperatures with 20 out of the last 21 years above the annual average.
- Overheated birds have smaller offspring and those offspring have lower chance
- of survival.
- Continuing temperature rises will risk large scale die offs across a range of bird populations. Smaller bird will be the worst affected.
- Projections estimate up to 63% of birds could go extinct with the current rate of warming by 2080.
What can be done?
- Email your local MP and tell them that action on climate is important to you and explain the impacts being felt in your area. One email might not feel like much but most politicians consider it to be representative of 100 citizens.
- Get involved with local groups taking action on climate, in this community look out for Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) group.
- Help support the Act on Climate collective by donating; we are leading the charge for climate action. Your donation helps in advancing policies that prevent climate change from getting worse, we aim to empower communities and build a strong pro-climate-action constituency that governments can’t ignore, and as an added bonus it’s tax-deductable.
- Get involved with Act on Climate. We meet every Monday at 6pm (upstairs at 312 Smith St, Collingwood) and welcome all newcomers to join in the fight for climate justice. If you are unable to attend, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest campaign.
* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.
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“Australian Climate Change Site Data – Rutherglen”, Bureau of Meteorology, access April 23 2019, http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/climate/hqsites/site_data.cgi?variable=maxT&area=aus&station=082039&dtype=anom&period=annual&ave_yr=0
Lund University, “More ‘heatwave’ summers will affect animals,” Science Daily, published December 12, 2018, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181212135036.htm
BirdLife International, “Catastrophic bird mortality events will increase during extreme heat waves,” Data Zone, accessed April 30, 2019, http://datazone.birdlife.org/sowb/casestudy/catastrophic-bird-mortality-events-will-increrase-during-extreme-heat-waves
Daniella Brandy, “10 ways climate change is affecting Australia’s wildlife, according to science,” Business Insider Australia, published March 19, 2018, https://www.businessinsider.com.au/climate-change-impact-australian-wildlife-3-2018-3