How Climate Change is Changing Australia

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Here at Stedman Collection AU, we are staunch supporters of sustainability and social responsibility. This is why we're always finding ways to make all aspects of our brand be more eco-friendly--from creating our t-shirts to shipping them to you. We're also providing wholesome news and articles on ethical and ecological advancements in fashion via the Stedman Collection AU Blog.

It's our personal mission to provide the best value to all our stakeholders: our customers, our partners, our employees and of course, the environment.

Today, we want to talk about something off-tangent but is certainly a common thread that affects us all: Climate Change.

There's no doubt about it: the climate is changing and this will affect us in some way or another throughout our lifetime.

The changes are already here: rising temperatures, changing of rainfall patterns, acidification of the ocean, and sea level rise. In fact, Torres Strait Islanders filed a landmark complaint with United Nations yesterday--accusing the government of breaching their human rights by failing to tackle climate change and letting the rising seas threaten their lives. It is the first human rights case regarding negligence of climate change effects.

If you think this is all just natural, think again. Even if climates have shown variations from year to year, the addition of human contribution to global warming has made the trends harder to predict and prepare for.

Just in the past century, there have been major changes in variability. Let us show you some statistics that indicate this:

  • Average temperature has increased by 1 degree over most areas.
  • Warm months have been warmer for longer and colder months have been shorter than average.
  • Storms have been bigger and stronger, travelling more ground, expanding the "storm track".
  • Rainfall in southern and eastern Australia has decreased while increases have been observed in northern Australia.
  • From 1966 to 2009, average sea level rose at a rate of 1.4mm a year.

And at the current rate, future projections continue to look grim. Experts project the following instances to occur:

  • Australia's average temperature will increase, with more hot extremes and fewer cold extremes.
  • South Australia will continue to experience decreased rainfall during spring and winter. Droughts will increase over a greater frequency as well.
  • North Australia will have substantial changes to its wet season, possibly going over the annual average.
  • Southern and Eastern Australia will experience harsher fire weather. There will be a decrease in snowfall and increased melting of snow.
  • Extreme rainfall events will lead to more intense flooding. The number of annual cyclone occurrence will decrease but the intensity will increase.
  • Sea level will continue to rise and ocean water will be warmer and more acidic, impacting corals and marine ecosystems in the long term.

While these cases will happen over a long period of time, extreme events will significantly affect our way of life--from widespread drought that resulted in economic losses, bushfires that displaced thousands of people and wildlife, and floods that costs more than $5-billion in lost revenue.

But, hope is not lost, yet. If we act now, we can mitigate the risks brought about by climate change. Substantial emissions reduction over the next few decades can reduce extreme climate risks in the next century, which will help us adapt better. Renewable energy, socially responsible production, and use of sustainable systems can be of great help.

Australia needs a strong foundation in policies, laws, institutions and investments, in research and technology to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build the resilience of communities, the economy and the environment.

To know more about how climate change affects Australia, check out Climate Reality Project.

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