Category Archives: Climate indicators

Wollongong Council says sea level rise not affecting utility of their coastal swimming pools

Recall that about a month ago I posted – No evidence of warmer summers from Wollongong City Council swimming pool attendance figures
At that time I emailed Wollongong Council to ask about historic survey data re heights of their ocean pool walls – for my questions click on more below. Just got a reply saying – [Thanks for your enquiry. Unfortunately information on height of walls with respect to historical mean sea level is not available.
Any actual effects on the utility of pools have not been observed other than storm impacts.]
If anybody has ideas to access historic coastal survey data? Must be data in archives – I am sure our pioneers measured and recorded exactly where they were and where they built things on the planet. Continue reading

No evidence of warmer summers from Wollongong City Council swimming pool attendance figures

I saw this news about repairs to the ocean pool at Austinmer north of Wollongong. I have been interested for a while in the issue of the height of the oldest ocean pool walls and how they might relate to historic survey heights and modern survey heights – on the basis there should be another line of evidence here establishing the rate of sea level rise over a century or more.
Wollongong City Council have www page about their pools and there is a downloadable 9 page pdf report – Future of Our Pools Strategy 2014-2024 –
I thought – surely there must be comments here about sea level rise. Not so – not a word about sharks hoiking themselves over the walls during King tides and carrying off the odd swimmer. But I noticed this gem at the end of a string of bullet points on page 7 –

And earlier in the report was this graphic showing declining attendance figures –

All seems logical to me.

Global warming drives New Zealand Fur Seals into South Australian lower lakes to enjoy the fishing

Saw this on the ABC – Fishermen losing out to seals in SA’s lower lakes – global warming has been claimed to cause just about anything – the John Brignell list of several hundreds of things claimed to be caused by GW.

Could the record expansion of Antarctic sea ice – much hyped lately as being due to warming – be driving the critters north?

Claim only four lemuroid possums found in the Daintree since 2005

I noticed this “lemuroid ringtail possum” story over at Anthony Watts.
It is something I wrote about in 2008 –
“Poster child for climate change” – you be the judge

and again December 2013 –
Recycled five year old story about global warming threatening White Lemuroid Possum
I do not recall in the 2008 or 2013 media anything about there being only four critters left. Perhaps I missed something.
This article from the Cairns Post – Possum a ‘polar bear’ of climate change – a bit odd seeing there are many thousands of polar bears. While Polar Bears are being dragged into this – try this site for information on Polar Bear Science.
Anyway – the Cairns Post article states – JUST four white lemuroid ringtail possums have been found in the wild – Just four have been found since 2005.
I wonder if either of these statements could be true.
Time will tell I suppose.

Macquarie Island mysterious azorella plant dieback blamed on “noticeable change in climate”

Saw this on ABC – Macquarie Island faces new battle against mysterious azorella plant dieback – I thought – bet they blame “climate change” – sure enough

Scientists believe the plant’s demise has been caused by a range of things including a noticeable change in climate. “Everybody who has been going to Macquarie Island for a long time has noticed longer drier periods, changes in the wind direction and the rainfall”

Yet annual temperature and rain data from KNMI Climate Explorer does not indicate significant changes.

Temperature from the father of Global Warming

….and rain does not seem to be vanishing

I am sure it will be at the wrong time though – or maybe the size of the drops is wrong.

Some more info on Azorella -Australian Antarctic Division and from Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens