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Globally 2016 Was The Hottest Year on Record

Last October the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) announced it was performing a bush-clearing audit and now ABC National radio has just run a science segment by Bill Bunbury which likens WA’s South West to a canary in the coal mine for climate change.

Mr Bunbury talks to environmental scientists, hydrologists, foresters and farmers about the effects land clearing has had on rain fall in the South West and how trees and vegetation attract rain and reduce temperatures while clearing not only has the opposite effect but also causes more frequent frosts.

It is estimated that about 70 percent of the Felicitas and Fortuna bauxite resource areas which cover some 62 km2 are located on parkland-cleared farming land with at least 30 per cent remnant vegetation and bush land. The remaining trees in these areas should be protected at all costs, not only from an agricultural point of view but an environmental one as well.

The Toodyay Shire and the State Government should be doing all that they can to ensure everything that can be done is being done to combat climate change and protect hills and agricultural areas from strip mining, which destroys everything in its path.

They should be encouraging, supporting and attracting other forms of investment to our region other than strip mining.

Food production will continue to be the largest resource on the planet long after mining has ceased and less rainfall, hotter summers and more-frequent frosts could one day render this country useless.

We invite everyone to listen to the 54-minute science segment by Bill Bunbury in the link below. The issues that AHMAG have been concerned about and continue to raise are real issues that are backed up by science and the evidence should not be ignored.


Article on ABC News: WA's South West 'canary in coalmine' for Climate Change

Audio link to Bill Bunbury's report: Effects of changing climate in SW Australia

Article on ABC News: 2016 Hottest Year on Record

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