Dr Christa Pudmenzky explains how the autumn climate in north Brisbane is changing. In addition, resident Garry shares his experience.
Our climate continues to change as global temperatures rise.
For example, the warmest autumn night in north Brisbane is 24 degrees, one degree higher than 50 years ago.
It may not seem like much, but small changes in temperature increase the risk of extreme weather events, putting local wildlife at risk.
It’s not just science that tells us the climate is changing.
Residents across the region are also taking notice, including Garry of Bracken Ridge.
So what do these changes mean?
Extreme weather conditions, including floods, fires and drought, threaten the habitat of local wildlife.
This leaves our native species vulnerable and without the food and water they need to survive.
A World Wide Fund for Nature report published last year identified habitat destruction, introduced pests and climate change as key factors in Australia’s dramatic decline in wildlife populations.
For example, the Black Summer bushfires affected 60,000 koalas with death or injury from smoke inhalation, heat stress, dehydration, habitat loss, and decreased habitat. food supply.
Do you want more information on the evolution of your climate? Discover the last article in this series.
Dr Christa Pudmenzky is a climatologist at the University of South Queensland.
This column is part of a collaboration between Monash University and News Corp to provide hyperlocal weather and climate information.