Climate change a reality
Like most of us, I am no expert on the weather and have enough trouble getting it right when fishing is on the agenda. The issue of climate change is even more confusing, but there seems to be acceptance that change is happening and its even coming from people who were once highly skeptical. Originally they believed that these events were just weather cycles, however there is little doubt now that there is significant change occurring. It is hoped that most of us will not face big changes in our lifetime but even if change in things such as rain patterns, severity of weather occurrences and extremes of temperatures is small, many of my good friends in Fiji will eventually have their land and homes inundated and there are countries with more low-land than that. In fact, some have no high ground at all.
My thinking on this was brought home to me when some friends who fish out west called to tell me some of the inland dams are down to 2% and may soon be closed to fishing. Authorities are saying the enormous Hume Weir will be dry in a month and that the Murray river may stop flowing for the first time on record.