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What is the Climate Change and Heat Rise Plan for Tasmania?
Monday 26 February 2018

Australia is getting hotter, as our planet gets warmer year by year.
 
In this sizzling reality, how many mainlanders can we expect to be moving to Tasmania, seeking a cooler climate?
 
There are limits to human heat tolerance, which in a humid environment, can kill people quite swiftly.

"The limit of survivability, at 35C WBT, was almost reached in Bandar Mahshahr in Iran in July 2015, where 46C heat combined with 50% humidity. “This suggests the threshold may be breached sooner than projected,” said the researchers.” ~
 
Reports of the 1896 heat wave, the heat injuries, the deaths, and the panic that followed, may be a taste of days to come in Australia. ~
 
Extreme heat in 1896: Panic stricken people fled the outback on special trains as hundreds die
Lance Pigeon, JoNova
http://joannenova.com.au/2012/11/extreme-heat-in-1896-panic-stricken-people-fled-the-outback-on-special-trains-as-hundreds-die/
 
It is not hard to find recent reports of people dying of heat stroke. ~
 
Backpacker picking fruit dies from suspected heat stroke
SAM BIDEY, Townsville Bulletin, November 2, 2017
 
Expectant father dies of dehydration, exhaustion while quad-biking through Queensland forest
ABC News Online 16 Jan 2017
 
AUTHORITIES are probing whether a workplace death in Queensland this week was heat-related
Chris Honnery, 7 Dec 2016, news.com
 
'Terrible tragedy': Golfer dies during Sydney heat
Sydney Morning Herald, 20 December 2017
 
Heat stroke can strike a healthy person down and out before they realise what is happening.
 
In a hotter future, when blackouts threaten health with the air conditioner not working, how many mainlanders will look around for a cooler climate, and move there?
 
In a hotter future, how many mainlanders will move to Tasmania?
 
Could Tasmania see a population increase of 2 million people, more or less?
 
And there is absolutely nothing anyone in Tasmania could do to prevent climate change migration within our own nation.
 
Do the politicians and parties running in this election have a plan for Tasmania in a hotter world?
 
We need to prepare for droughts, flash flooding, high winds, fiercer bushfires, sea level rise, changes in plant biology caused by higher levels of CO2 in the air, and increasing levels of ocean acidity, again caused by higher levels of CO2 in the air going into the sea.
 
Rising ocean acidity will impact the global food chain.
 
Ocean acidity is now a known threat to coral reefs, in addition to impacting on shell growth, by dissolving the foundations that corals rest on. ~
 
Rising levels of CO2 in the air change plant biology, making some crops more toxic and less nutritious.
 
WHAT IS THE PLAN?
 
If we will not plan for a population influx, will Tasmania be sleepwalking into catastrophe on this island.

A couple of years ago Tasmania nearly ran dry, but could that happen again? ~
http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/3655314/drought-declaration-delay/

Cape Town, a city of 4 million people in South Africa, is about to run out of water, if they don’t get a lot of rain really soon. ~
https://theconversation.com/cape-town-is-almost-out-of-water-could-australian-cities-suffer-the-same-fate-90933

In time, the drilling of bores, and construction of desalination plants, may serve to drought-proof Cape Town.

Only time will tell if a pending crisis can be avoided in South Africa.

Should the Cape Town experience be a wake-up call for us?
 
They knew what could happen, and they did not plan for what is happening now.
 
What should a climate change and heat threat plan for Tasmania include?
 
HEAT EDUCATION
 
Universal heat education can be offered to all citizens, so people will know how to avoid the threat.
 
As the mainland gets hotter, Tasmania will also get hotter, so killer heat days could arrive here as well.
 
Should every home have a thermometer and humidity gauge, ready for when the heat strikes?
 
Should every household in Tasmania have a plan to ensure survival in a hotter future?

POPULATION DISPERSAL

Rather than allowing existing population centres to balloon, we can have a plan in place that spreads out the influx to a network of rural communities.

Old towns can be reinvigorated.

New rural communities can be established, to spread the network.

Immigrants can be encouraged to grow food locally.

By maintaining high quality communications services to the network of communities, residents would be able to connect globally for work from Tasmania.

Existing population centres would grow larger, as more people move to Tasmania, but the lessons gained in spreading the population load across the island, can also be applied in the larger centres.

POWER

There will be a high demand on Tasmanian power generation to help the mainland cope with rising heat.

By every home and business using solar power generation, it will be possible for Tasmania to provide more power to the mainland.

Communities can also have their own local power generation, such as with a solar farm, which would allow for more power to be exported, and income generated.

A well-designed local energy system in Tasmania could make power essentially free, when households and communities are able to export energy.

If such an energy system can be made to work, this approach could be employed by mainland States and communities, and help avoid a population influx into Tasmania.

WATER

Being an island, Tasmania is surrounded by water.

Research into simple methods of desalination can be supported.

Ways can be investigated to bring desalinated water from the coast to inland locations, using solar power, to be able to drought-proof the island, should this be needed.

This approach to secure water may also be explored on the mainland, allowing the nation to drought-proof the continent.

All water could be recycled, as happens now in Nature.

FOOD

Diverse ways of growing food for a larger population can be explored, including hydroponics.

With security in energy and water, more food can be grown.
 
Some crops may need to be grown in protected environments, to protect them from heat, and potentially from higher levels of CO2 in the air.

RECYCLING

Total recycling within Tasmania can be investigated and implemented.

Any product or packaging that cannot be recycled, should not be used.

This may be achieved through recommendation to consumers, and where possible, regulation.

A tight control on all plastic is needed, so that no plastic goes into the ocean, in any way, such as by storm water drains.

CLOTHING

Micro-plastics are now being found to be a problem in the global food chain, entering the cells of living creatures, and carrying toxins.

Micro-plastics can come from synthetic clothing when washed, or simply float from clothing in the air.

A shift away from synthetic to biodegradable fabrics may be essential, to maintain local and global environmental health, and food safety.

FORESTRY & BUSHCARE

With an environment in Tasmania that has been shaped to burn over tens of thousands of years, and which is now known to burn more fiercely in a carbon richer and hotter environment, communities will need to be designed to be safe from fire risks.

Programs need to be developed to minimise fire risks.

Forestry in Tasmania can focus on high quality timbers grown over long periods, which are harvested gently from living forests.

Careful management of all bushland and forests in Tasmania will help reduce fire risks.

GLOBAL SPACE INDUSTRY

To strengthen Tasmania’s economy, create work, provide exciting new careers, and open the way for many new enterprises to form, every opportunity with the global space industry can be explored.

Space development is a growing industry, offering opportunities, if Tasmania will dare to imagine and tackle the challenge.

The next big mining boom will be in space, but, is Tasmania in position to benefit?

The benefits of space will not come to Tasmania.

Tasmania must grasp the opportunities.

Space research on sustaining communities in harsh environments, as in space, and on Mars, or the Moon, can empower Tasmanian communities to design for survival and prosperity in a changing and hotter environment.

In my document ~ Rising to the Challenge ~ I explore some of the more dire predictions with climate change, and the survival opportunities on offer on Earth, and also with serious space development ~
https://stargategrid.forumchitchat.com/post/rising-to-the-challenge-5-feb-2018-9643421

PLAN FOR CHANGE NEEDED NOW!!!

Tasmania needs a climate change plan, immediately, if we wish to avoid a crisis with a population influx from the mainland in a future that is getting hotter now.
 
Mainland Australia may also be under pressure from heat refugees from heavily populated nations to our north.


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'Really extreme' global weather event leaves scientists aghast
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Peter Hannam   26 Feb 2018   Sydney Morning Herald
 
Climate scientists are used to seeing the range of weather extremes stretched by global warming but few episodes appear as remarkable as this week's unusual heat over the Arctic.
Zack Labe, a researcher at the University of California at Irvine, said average daily temperaturesabove the northern latitude of 80 degrees have broken away from any previous recordings in the past 60 years.
 "To have zero degrees at the North Pole in February - it's just wrong," said Amelie Meyer, a researcher of ice-ocean interactions with the Norwegian Polar Institute. "It's quite worrying."

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Sea ice coverage is currently at or close to record low levels at both the Arctic and Antarctic regions
 The impact of the relatively warm air in the Arctic could play out for months to come. Multi-year ice is likely to be thinner and more cracked, leading to a faster melt when spring arrives, Dr Meyer said.
While researchers had pegged 2050 as a possible year when the Arctic will become ice-free, this winter and the previous one - also unusually warm - had thrown those estimates out.
"It's going much faster than we thought," said Dr Meyer, who will begin work later this year at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.
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