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Winter to vanish in Moreland by 2050 due to global warming

Pascoe Vale projected average temperatures for 2050

Australian Conservation Foundation have released a report on the electorates most at risk of climate change impacts in the lead up to the #climateelection. National Party electorates predominate and are most at risk of climate damages.

But here in Moreland the impacts of rising temperature and reduced rainfall will also be felt.
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March 23, 2019 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

Climate signal worsens for January extreme heat while heatwave ends Summer

The climate signal in Australia’s January heat has increased from around 15-fold in 2013 to 50-fold in 2019, according to preliminary analysis of summer temperature extremes.

Sophie Lewis is a climate researcher who was involved in an important climate attribution study that determined the angry summer of 2013 was influenced by climate change. Her preliminary research for January temperatures in 2019 shows a much larger climate signal.
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February 28, 2019 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Heatwave building over Christmas for Central and South-Eastern Australia

Heatwave forecast for 27-29 December 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology shows a heatwave building through the week over Christmas. The forecast is for severe and extreme heatwave impacts particularly Thursday 27 December to Saturday 29 December.

Melbourne might miss some of the impact of this with perhaps a day or two over 35 degrees + temperatures being south of the divide with some respite with cool nights from the warm days.
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December 23, 2018 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Promoting heat respite at Council offices and Chasing up Moreland’s Heatwave response from October 2014

Melbourne Hot days over 35C long term trend

Extreme heat days in Victoria are a rising trend. We need to cut emissions to affect this trend in the long term. But for the short and medium term we need to put in place adequate strategies to build community resilience and climate adaptation to heatwaves and rising temperatures.

Climate Action Moreland Convenor John Englart met with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor following up Moreland’s heatwave response and a past Council decision from October 2014, to ensure Council policies and decisions are being adhered to.
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February 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Feeling the heat of climatechange? Extreme temperatures are raising our ire

Last night the temperature in Melbourne (Olympic Park) didn’t go below 27.8 degrees Celsius with the humidity hovering between 40-50 percent. It came after a maximum temperature of 37.7C. Of course temperatures in the northern and western suburbs were up to 1-2 degrees higher.

Sunday also saw a record power usage, as people used their air conditioners to cool down. Although grid demand was at a record high for a Sunday of about 9,440MW, rooftop solar was contributing about 330MW.
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January 29, 2018 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Study: 50 degree extreme heat days possible in Melbourne

Climate Emergency

Yes, heatwaves and extreme heat events are going to get worse for many years, even if we do everything possible to reduce emissions. Week long heatwaves, and extreme heat events with temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius may be seen in a decade or so in Sydney and Melbourne.

That is the inertia in the climate system. In the meantime we need to rapidly increase renewables while making energy savings through energy efficiency, and cutting emissions particularly from the electricity generation sector.
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January 20, 2018 at 2:17 pm 2 comments

A peek at Moreland’s draft Urban Forests strategy

Moderating the urban heat island effect with summer temperatures and extreme heat effects increasing has become a priority. One of the best ways to moderate urban heat is through increasing the urban forest canopy. Unfortunately while public tree planting has increased, urban consolidation and development has resulted in a decline on private property.

Last Council meeting considered a draft Urban Forest Policy. The community consultation for Moreland’s Draft Urban Forest Strategy will run from May 1 to May 29. See Moreland Council Meetings page for Agenda for 8 March 2017 (from pg 98) for version presented to council or download it here (PDF 48MB) (This may not be final version)

We will put more details on our website and FB page when available. See a recent report on combatting the urban heat island effect here.

One of the issues that needs to be tackled is public education on trees on private property. A register of important trees is also needed. How the policy integrates with draft Urban Food policy regarding orchard trees is also an issue.

Summary (provided by MCC):
The draft Urban Forest Strategy 2017-2027, will guide the future management of Moreland’s urban forest, aiming to create a municipality where healthy trees and vegetation are a core part of the urban environment. The Strategy aims to deliver practical measures that guide the planning and protection of vegetation across Moreland. The term “urban forest” includes vegetation in both public and private spaces, such as home gardens, nature strips, street trees, balcony plants, rooftop gardens and green walls. It also includes public parks with trees, shrubs, grasslands and wetlands. In summary, the City of Moreland’s:

* Overall vegetation canopy from the urban forest is 14%;
* Public land contributes 5% of total municipal urban forest cover; and
* Private tree canopy has declined by 24% since 2005.

The Strategy aims for a 50% increase of canopy coverage within the public realm by 2030, through the strategic planting of larger canopy trees within streetscapes, parks and natural resource management areas.

April 24, 2017 at 1:14 am Leave a comment

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