Here we go again, it must be ‘climate change’ says researchers from Murdoch University. Forgetting the fact that the climate Australia currently experiences hasn’t changed for over a thousand years at least, and not expected to soon except in their own minds, and foxes were only introduced with the European migration over the last 250 years or so.
THE distribution and transmission of parasites in red foxes is shifting with climate change and altering disease risk factors, according to Murdoch University research. […]
Foxes have now reached the Kimberley after expanding their range over 2,000km from the South West. One or two degrees of temperature change will make no difference in the South West, where in a single day there can be up to 40C of change. I was in Albany, Western Australia’s most southern city, where one occasion 30 years about 150 mm of rain fell in a January summer’s day, soon followed by a heat wave that reached 45C. In winter, snow sometimes falls not far up the road in the Porongorups and the Stirling Ranges.
The article comes complete with ‘likely’, ‘could’, ‘predict’, surely a hint that more funding is required.
I don’t begrudge their research, I just wish more input went into finding a way of eliminating the fox from the Australian environment, along with many other ferals, such as cane toads and rabbits.
As for climate, here is the Southern Ocean sea surface temperature anomalies, courtesy of Bob Tisdale. Would that they check here before making the inference to ‘climate change’, they might learn something.
(6) Southern Hemisphere Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies
No, not much climate change here. Just weather. Closer to Antarctica, it’s colder:
(14) Southern Ocean Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies
Monthly Change = -0.042 deg C
As for rainfall changes, it’s all to do with El Nino and La Nina conditions. Australia, land of drought and flooding rains, otherwise known as weather.