The ABC, Anything but Climate (sceptics), has successfully avoided mentioning any of the numerous problems with the IPCC’s recent report, like changing a graph to make it look like climate models hadn’t wildly overestimated warming in the last decade.
In order to distract attention even further, this morning it wheeled out one if its “choose an Aussie icon and put a gun to its head” stories, accompanied by a cute picture to tug at the heart strings:
Rising temperatures pose risk for koalas
A new study on vulnerable koala populations has found the Australian icon could struggle to survive rising temperatures.
Dr Crowther says the results of the research call for a change in the management and conservation of koalas.
“One quarter of the koalas we studied perished in a heatwave in 2009 and Australia has just experienced the hottest year since climate records began,” he said.
With temperatures increasing, without more help koalas could really start to feel the heat.
“The lack of understanding of the importance of shelter trees for koalas is particularly concerning given the increasing frequency of extreme weather events,” Dr Crowther said.
“Exposure to prolonged high temperatures can result in heat stress, dehydration and eventually death.” (source)
Gimme all your fossil fuels, or the koala gets it!