Coral, coal, climate change and storm surges with #CycloneDebbie – @takvera

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is forecast to cross Central Queensland coast on Tuesday morning as a Category 4 Severe tropical cyclone. It will bring destructive winds greater than 200km per hour plus a storm surge with a king tide innundating low lying coastal properties, and torrential rain causing flooding. It is also cooling sections of the Great Barrier Reef reducing coral bleaching from an extensive and long lasting marine heatwave. Update: 25,000 people in Mackay ordered to evacuate due to storm surge threat. Update: Coal mines and coal ports affected. Tropical Cyclone Debbie draws heat from the unusually warm waters of the Coral Sea. This will help it increase in intensity […]

Town of Yarloop destroyed in #Waroonafire maelstrom #WAfires – @takvera

Australians woke up on Friday 8 January hearing another bushfire tragedy: the total firestorm devastation of the Western Australian town of Yarloop south of Perth. This comes after 60 homes were destroyed along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria on Christmas Day. John Englart (@Takvera) provides a brief introduction and summary to a curated story on the Storify platform. [View the story “Town of Yarloop destroyed in #Waroonafire maelstrom #WAfires” on Storify]

How did I find myself facing imminent homelessness? It happened slowly, then all at once.

[clear]   Author name withheld How did I find myself facing imminent homelessness? It happened slowly, then all at once. I never thought it could happen to me. Several years ago, I was a corporate executive: office overlooking Circular Quay, long lunches, incentive trips. But the good times ended as the economy soured, and the company folded. I’d always had a feeling that there had to be more to life than making money; that I wanted to do some good in the world. So I decided to go back to university and become a registered nurse. Somewhere along the line my husband also lost his job, and returned to caring for […]

#Climate Change not on Abbott’s South Australian #SApol #bushfire agenda but should be reports @Takvera

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has visited the bushfire stricken communities in the Adelaide Hills outlining disaster recovery and short-term income assistance payments to bushfire victims, but refusing to be drawn on whether climate change has influenced bushfires. I investigate some of the recent science into the links between bushfire and climate Change for South Australia and the climate of denial being put forward by the Abbott government. You can read a report of Abbott’s visit to the fire ravaged area by Shalailah Medhora at the Guardian: Adelaide bushfires: PM announces cash payments for people left homeless. The Adelaide Hills Sampson Flat bushfire has burnt more than 12,000 hectares, with up […]