Last week the Bureau of Meteorology released the latest “State of the Climate” report which outlined climate change is happening and is having a tangible impact on Australia.
Our country is experiencing very hot days more frequently and rainfall is reducing across southern Australia according to the bureau and the CSIRO
Between 1910 and 1941 there were 28 days when the national average temperature was in the top extremes recorded. In 2013 alone there were 28 such days.¹
The report also highlighted below average rainfall was experienced in southern Australia in 16 of the past 20 autumn-winter seasons. The report also showed 15 of the 16 hottest years on record were in the past 16 years.
The earth is warming and Australia will be heavily impacted by this change.
This will have significant impacts upon traditional Southern Highland gardens which are dominated by exotic plants. For those who are already struggling to maintain exotic gardens the future holds a bleak outlook.
Planting native species that are well suited to your site conditions will not only make your landscapes more sustainable but will also assist our native fauna to survive for future generations to enjoy.
¹ Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO,. State Of The Climate 2016, 2016. Accessed October 31, 2016. http://www.bom.gov.au/state-of-the-climate/State-of-the-Climate-2016.pdf.