You might have seen media coverage this week of the Climate Commission's report The Angry Summer, which details 123 weather-related records broken across Australia over summer and the role climate change played in this extreme weather. It's pretty full-on.
Our local climate action group, WATCH (Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health), had a local angle on the effects of the hot, dry summer in a media release last week. WATCH are compiling a database of local impacts - refer to the previous link for more details. The Border Mail ran a story and video, featuring Rob Fenton of the National Environment Centre's organic farm, discussing some of those local impacts.
Meanwhile, in an informative Living Lightly article recently, Michelle Wilkinson discussed strategies for effective energy use at home in summer.
I thought I'd note a few of the things we did in our backyard in response to the heat. Some were tried and tested from previous hot, dry spells; others were new. I'll look at chooks, worms, honeybees, plants and other visitors in coming posts.