Fossilised Trees, Extreme Weather and Aussie Climate Change

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Fossilised Trees Point Towards Volcano Eruption Date

What do the fossilised remains of a tree (destroyed more than 1,000 years ago) and the records of Japanese monks have in common? No – this isn’t a joke, it’s a genuine question with an answer that pertains to the news that a volcanic eruption, which created a crater 4km-wide crater, has finally been dated.

An international team of scientists combined their talents to successfully cross-reference the results, which were discovered from radiocarbon dating and historical accounts. In a rare move, scientists from China and North Korea sought for help with the project from the West. Concerned that Changbaishan (or Mount Paetku as it’s otherwise known) would erupt soon, scientists are aiming to discover all they can about it’s past.

After linking patterns on the fossilised tree rings with ‘bursts of cosmic radiation’ which were flooding the world in the year 775, the researchers could successfully link the eruption (which was long suspected to have occurred around the year 1000 A.D.) with the notes recorded by Japanese monks who had heard the explosion and experienced the rain of ash that followed it from 470km away.

Extreme ‘Weather Bomb’ Surprises New Zealand

Imagine you’re in the middle of a perfect summers day. You have a BBQ in full swing. The sun is shining, you’ve got shorts and t-shirt on and you’re just about to put on your sunglasses when you see dark clouds on the horizon. Surely…that can’t be…snow?

This would have been the situation that you would have found yourself in if you’d been enjoying Summer time in the Southern parts of New Zealand this January. At this time of year, Kiwis are usually enjoying temperate weather but a recent ‘weather bomb’ has wrought havoc on the country as heavy rain, gales and snow storms have ravaged the North and South Island.

Landslides have blocked roads and residents of some towns have been forced to burn their fences, in a bid to fend off the unseasonably cold weather. New Zealanders hoping for this weather to pass quickly will be disappointed, as the Met Service has confirmed that stable weather is not expected to return until February and March.

Australians Feel Like Climate Change Is Already Happening

Although America might well have recently sworn in a leader that has a less than favourable view on the existence of climate change – the good people of Australia, or at least a large proportion of a survey of 2000, believe they are already experiencing it’s impacts.

90% of those who took the survey (undertaken by the Community Power Agency), living in regional and rural areas, felt that climate change was already making it’s presence known. 46% of these also thought that coal-fired power stations should be replaced with a cleaner form of energy production.

The sentiment was no different within the cities of Australia, as over three quarters of the respondents to the survey, who lived within the cities, believed that ignoring climate change would make their current situation much worse. Let’s just hope Australia’s conscientious population decides to emigrate to the States sometime soon!

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