The weather, currently.
Just in case you had lingering reveries about the weekend’s prelude to spring, today brings a handful of weather warnings across the state to remind you that winter isn’t quite finished with us yet.
Minor to moderate flood warnings are in place for the Yarra and Watts River catchments, and gale force winds are forecast on the West, Central and Gippsland Coasts, with strong winds also set to ruffle feathers in both Port Phillip and Western Port Bays. Melbourne has a very high chance of showers today which will ease in the afternoon and clear by the evening. A brisk afternoon south-westerly wind of up to 35km/h will take us from 14°C down to an overnight low of 9°C. Graziers and humans alike are warned to keep their flocks well sheltered.
My advice: poach up the last of the season’s pears and stay cosy inside.
What you need to know, currently.
Greenland’s melting ice sheet will raise sea levels by almost one foot by 2100, according to a study published in the Journal Nature Climate Change.
The findings show that the melting is caused by human-induced climate change. 3.3 percent of the ice sheet, which is about 110 trillion metric tons of ice, will melt no matter how quickly the world ends carbon emissions. This melting event will prompt about 10 inches of sea level rise by the end of the century.
A changing climate, due to the burning of fossil fuels, has led to glacial retreat around the world.
The study’s prediction of a minimum of 10 inches of sea level rise is more than twice as much as researchers previously predicted of the world’s second largest ice sheet.