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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:40:56 AM »

I thought some of you gardeners here might be amused at my use of old frost cloth{
I make art textiles inspired by climate change in the Arctic that's why I (mostly) lurk here. With this piece ("Retreated")  I was wanting to convey the idea of glacial retreat & what better to use for a dying glacier than old = it has been used  in the garden for a winter or 2 so is no longer clean white. I stitched it down then melted areas back with my heat gun to convey the melting...

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Consequences / Re: Sea Level Rise and Social Cost of Carbon
« on: June 14, 2018, 08:10:32 AM »
Apologies for this rant but I need to vent some of my frustration & seeing none of you know me it seems a safe place to do so!

Our town Council, Napier NZ (~pop 62,000) is currently undergoing their long term planning review. I made a verbal submission to this last week re. their wanting to raise $53M (ratepayers + government) to extend our existing Aquarium (which does need an upgrade or just demolishing). It runs at a $1M annual loss as it is and annual visitors include less than 20% locals, rest are visitors/tourists.

My issue is that it is sited right on the beachfront, 100m from sea & we are recognised as having a sea level rise problem here as much of our town is only a few metres above sea level. Pumping keeps us dry.

This is what I said to the Councillors + I included a few powerpoint images with this:
" In all my reading related to the Expansion proposal I cannot see that it has been examined at all through the lens of climate change. I believe the answers to these questions are fundamental to that project. I have asked them of you before but you only had an answer for one, the number of storm surges overtopping into the curent car park as 4 in the past 10 years. Nothing about the projected lifespan of the building nor the height of the site above mean high tide level.
Surely this information should have been considered before all this grand design concept work and detailed business case were even started?
All the climate change projections for Hawkes Bay conclude with us experiencing an increase in the number and strength of storms and higher storm surges, on top of an increasing sea level baseline..... you may be familiar with this graph. It obviously shows a sea level rise that is not just increasing, the upward curve indicates it is accelerating.
And these figures clarify that for 2040 - 60 is projected to rise 20 - 40 cm above 1995 levels, that is 35 - 55 cm since 1870."

If you want more of a a peek at the propsed design you can here:
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/watch-virtual-flyover-gives-stunning-sneak-peek-napiers-epic-proposed-national-aquarium-expansion

It looks wondeful, grand, I know, but involves an even larger floor area in the basement....
I tried to remind them they need to consider the longer term impacts but they weren't listening to me of course. Decided to go to the next stage. & They haven't even had any geotechnical assessment done yet.
Even with one Councillor saying & in greater detail the same thing. I imagine it's the same scenario everywhere, not just with our small town Council!

Apologies for the rave, one just does their best. I'm a lot more useful just going out every week or so picking up all the trash dropped in my street.  :(
This pic is from the proposed design;

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:34:52 AM »
This image is from last week, I was shocked. Slash is the rubbish left from when an area has been logged. It is meant to be cleaned up! We are looking at increasing forestry to reduce our CO2 footprint.  :(
The rainfall that caused this flooding wasn't extreme extreme, but so many of the problems were caused by these logs.


In the article linked below you can see the beach. :'(
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/358981/tougher-rules-needed-to-stop-logging-debris-environmentalist
This is not the first time slash has caused serious problems north of where I live.


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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:08:14 AM »
I'm loving seeing all your gardens! Neven, your's(Elisabeth's?!) looks soooo orderly, neat. And Silkman's & Mrs S is a delight to behold as always. I think you have quite a challenge on your hands with yours, Martin.
Here winter is near but I can grow all year round, just currently cool weather things.
But today we did some different 'gardening', joining a tree planting effort at a park just south of our town. I thought you might enjoy these photos. There were approx 200 people & we planted 4200 trees. I think hubby & I did about 150. Good because we recently travelled to Holland for a month to see my elderly MIL so needed to offset our large CO2 emissions. (Well I did pay for the C offsets as well.)
& Afterwards we had a 'sausage sizzle'!
This park has a celestial compass to explain how Maori voyaged across the Pacific & now the knowledge has been leanrt again, our local voyaging waka uses this means of navigation, travelling to San Francisco & recently to Easter Is/Rapanui.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=12059172

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The rest / Some news from New Zealand
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:19:53 PM »
Local climate scientists seem to be grabbing the opportunity brought by our current drought to get the topic of CC out into the media:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10871842
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10871841
& re. farming here in the future:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10871812

Hopefully they will gain some significant traction because that potty peer is due in our neighbourhood next month, actually in the next town. How did I know, the info sent by the local branch of the Royal Society. Sigh....

Also here's info about a new doco, "Thin Ice", due out next month. And they say it will be available online for a small fee.
"In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so geologist Simon Lamb took his camera to find out what is really going on from his climate science colleagues. Simon followed scientists at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA.  They talk about their work, and their hopes and fears, with a rare candour and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet's changing climate."
Have a look a the great lineup of scientists interviewed in it & some of the short video clips:
http://thiniceclimate.org/

Not sure I'm posting this in the best place, Neven will move it if needbe!
Clare

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