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Monday, September 08, 2008

Climate Change? Not convinced: Take a look at the New Zealand bush

If we were a day earlier starting our winter hike of the 80km Heaphy Track of the North Western corner of the South Island, we might not have made it through in the five days that were set aside.  Storms just days before had felled swathes of mature forest, uprooting and destroying whole sections of the track.

Fortunately for us, the storms had passed and cleanup crews had cleared most of the fallen trees and completed makeshift repairs to the track.

Futher along the track there was evidence of how even milimeters of sea-level rise can translate into huge storm surges that sweep deep into seldom swamped areas.

Sure, the storm like the one we suffered in August was a "one in 50 year occurence" but these now seem to be "once a year occurences".  Many of these trees take hundreds of years to mature: How many will still be standing in 100 years from now?  And how high above sea level will the tracks have to be rebuilt?

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