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There is no capacity of Byron Bay to survive. There is now no actual capacity to limit greenhouse gas emissions from causing a 1.5 degrees temperature increase.

This coming 1.5 degrees increase is associated, by a rule of thumb, with a three-metre sea level rise. With Byron largely developed from 2.5 metres above sea level, when the powers that be acknowledge that we won’t meet the restriction to a 1.5 degrees temperature rise (on the way to a now projected >4 degrees increase), they will also be acknowledging that Byron Bay (and much of our other developed coastline) will eventually and unavoidably be completely inundated by the ocean.

Australia has the world’s largest glacier in our Antarctic territory, which scientists identify is melting now and won’t stop. This glacier on its own will contribute approximately 1.5 metres of sea level rise. The powers that be have sold us out, and continue to sabotage meaningful action.

Don’t panic, while chunks of coastline will be gouged out from storms as the sea level rises, it may be next century before the entire loss of towns like Byron Bay. It’s the laws of physics; of putting excess carbon dioxide and other gases into our atmosphere. And while some may feel like ignoring the inevitable – people can move – but our vegetation and wildlife can’t move without our help, and that is where our focus must go, to give the best chance to the living systems, that also provide us humans with the basic needs for our survival.

There is no orderly transition period, that potential has gone. We are now in a disorderly transition period. Yet even still, all levels of government refuse to acknowledge that the laws of physics don’t bend to their made up politically neutered climate change positions. Byron Bay, Brunswick etc will join the Pacific Nations, under the same threat, of being land that will no longer exist, wiped off the map, and permanently under the sea. Interesting times.

John Lazarus, Byron Bay

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  1. People may be able to move but It will be really crowded on those hills. When the rivers are full of seawater, what will people drink?

    Oh of course, silly me, technology (not taxes) will fix it all.

  2. I don’t get it why the powers that be don’t do something about the threat of climate change. After all it’s theirs & their descendants’ future & security at stake as well as everyone else’s.

  3. ScottyfromMarketing has shown he doesn’t care with his “The Australian Way” advertising pamphlet that somehow magically by continuing with our Fossil Fuel addiction gets us to Net Zero Emissions by 2050. Atmospheric CO2 levels continue to climb – now at 413ppm – so the target Year 2050 is way too late. We need to be targeting 2035 if we serious about avoiding the coming climate apocalypse.

    • 413ppm = 0.04% of the atmosphere. CO2 is a trace gas and does not drive the global climate. It’s a much more complex process. Just reducing fossil fuel use and taxing carbon will have no effect what so ever on the global climate cycles. The sea levels are rising at about the same rate as they have been over the last few hundred years. No need to run for the hills just yet.

  4. Mr Lazarus was it 400 private jets flown in to Glasgow… by elites to lecture all on Climate change ?
    “Do as i say not as i” .. ” hydrocarbon “”heaven.”.. the UN have suppressed that no temperature rises have occurred in the past
    25 years.. the hottest day in the last 30 odd
    Years 1998 .. sea level rises in Byron bay
    Mr Lazarus ? Where ? Your council has declared a Climate emergency without ratepayers Input Incidentally.. please provide just one example of this Climate emergency in the shire Mr Lazarus?
    Get your facts correct 0.6 of a degree the temperature has risen since records began
    that is a fact mate … your hysteria is
    so Tim Flannery of the shire .. Verbatim!!

    • My God the Gullibility of some people is mindblowing, talk about being gluttons for punishment, thank heavens they’re on the road to extinction, a bit like life on this planet will be if nothing is done to limit global warming, Australia has already experienced a 1.4 degree rise in temperature in the last 100 years, just ask world renowned scientist Tim Flannery.

  5. Keith 1.4 degree rise in temperature in Australia ? How many reds did you have to come to this conclusion… you sure you were not getting mixed up with OZ Lotto prizes?
    Have you palm read again keith .. !!
    Not sure who is more in denial
    You or Mr Flannery…

    • Yo Barrow old son, again you Deny the science. If you bothered to inform yourself you will have read that our BoM ( Bureau of Meteorology ) released on 8th January 2021, The Annual Climate Statement, 2020. And guess what Barrow old son, in the release and I’ll quote it so you in NO doubt, ” Australia’s climate has warmed on average 1.44 +or – 0.24 degrees celsius since national records began in 1910.” Not sure who is more in denial You or your Palm…

      • Joachim, you should realize that by giving this poor struggling fellow so much empirical evidence at one tome you are running a huge risk of completely overloading his processing ability, they just can’t handle the truth. For God’s sake go easy on him he may have a total melt down.

    • …as he feverishly rubs his pet black wonder rock, “This is coal. Don’t be afraid, Don’t be scared. It won’t hurt you. Its coal”.

  6. given the inevitable flooding of low lying coastal towns and lands, how do you explain rapacious real estate sales in the region, will insurance companies compensate those that have purchased these properties? do councils have plans for these events? can you charge council rates on submerged property?


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