February 26, 2014

How climate change is affecting tick seasons

You have probably been reading about how Australia has experienced its hottest year on record. NSW has witnessed its driest winter with above average temperatures. There can be no denying that the weather we are having is attributed to Climate Change. Unfortunately, these warmer temperatures are a perfect breeding ground for ticks. Last year reports surfaced that the tick season commenced earlier than usual (particularly in NSW), with vets indicating that they have received a record number of animals suffering from tick bites as early as July/August!

Tick Season Climate Change Australia

Photo courtesy of Treatsalabark

 

In the past, tick season has been restricted to the warmer months of the year, which is normally Spring and Summer. Ticks require warm and humid conditions in order for them to thrive. If the weather is too dry, or temperature exceeds 32 degrees or drops below 7 degrees then it is hazardous for their survival.(1) As long as the weather remains around mid to late 20 degrees celsius and there is relatively high humidity, ticks are able to propagate. Since Australia’s weather has been above average temperatures and relatively humid for the past year it is no wonder that tick season has spread beyond the confines of the Spring/Summer months. We consulted chief veterinarian, Dr David Hughes, from Concord Veterinary Hospital for insight and he recalls that early last August there were already “6 confirmed paralysis tick cases” at his clinic. He further claims that this Spring/Summer 2013/2014 has been a horrendous tick season with people bringing in their pets suffering from tick bites on almost a daily basis.

Apart from the tick season looking like it is becoming yearly instead of Spring/Summer, it appears that their geographical location is expanding. For NSW, ticks have been mainly confined to the northern beaches and coastal fringes. However, Dr Hughes’ confirmed tick cases (particularly paralysis ticks) have come from “as far south as Epping and Marsfield, and even one from Castle Hill.” Not exactly a settling thought!

For devoted pet owners, it is recommended to regularly check your pets twice a day for ticks, paying close attention to the front half of their body (i.e. head, neck, ears, mouth, paws and collars). There are plenty of products available on the market that repel ticks for dogs (i.e. Advantix), however, the same cannot be said for cats as these products can be highly toxic for them. For cats, the best form of treatment is frontline top spot or spray. If you are unsure whether a tick repellent medication for dogs is suitable for your cat, it is strongly advised to talk to your local vet for further assistance. If your pet starts showing symptoms of a tick bite such as difficulty breathing, loss of appetite and wobbly or unable to walk then you should immediately take them to your local vet for examination and emergency treatment.

Reference:

(1) Clunies-Ross, I (1935) Tick Paralysis: A fatal disease of dogs and other animals in Eastern Australia, J Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation, 18.

  • scott

    We can go green and make billions in the process. Did i also add saving small biz and big biz 10%.. Start mass jobs and boom their economy. The public can save 50% off there power prices 2, if they just pay a 5% GST tax, for 3.6 years.

    There is also a way to control the market and self fund departments for life.

    Any country can do this. They can ether make big biz pay for a cabin tax, that gives the government $5 billion to spend on green tec, or a temporary GST tax.

    GST takes 3.6 years. A carbon tax will take 8 years.

    Don’t let the amount of money trick you. In America they have more pop and more biz. So the amount = the same in GST or carbon tax.

    This is for my country Australia, but it works out the same for any “western”country.

    HOW TO TURN AUSTRALIA / ANY COUNTRY GREEN, START MASS NEW INCOME FOR THE GOVERNMENT, AND CREATE A JOBS BOOM, GET RID OF A 10% PROFIT TAX, SAVE BIG AND SMALL BIG BIG BUCKS. SAVE THE PUBLIC 50% – 80% ON GAS AND POWER BILLS, AND TURN AUSTRALIAN GREEN. HOW TO HAVE A BOOMING ECONOMY / HOUSING SECTOR, THAT HAS A BIG SAY ON THE ECONOMY. HOW TO PERMANENTLY HAVE A HOUSING BOOM / STEADY HOUSING MARKET. HOW 2 BOOST ALL SPERS EACH YEAR. HOW TO SELF FUND ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

    House sector part down the bottom along with share market and so on.

    A very realistic way to make mass billions pa, start mass jobs, save the public 50 – 80% on 2 bills and go 100% powergrid green within 3.6 years. This is a massive idea, that will only burn 3 main power company’s hard, but boost 4 million other companies big and small.

    They can go green and make billions in the process. Did i also add saving small biz and big biz 10%.. Start mass jobs and boom their economy. The public can save 50% off their power prices 2, if they just pay a 5% GST tax, for 3.6 years.

    There is also a way to control the market and self fund departments for life.

    Any country can do this. They can ether make big biz pay for a cabin tax, that gives the government $5 billion to spend on green tec, or a temporary GST tax.

    GST takes 3.6 years. A carbon tax will take 8 years.

    Don’t let the amount of money trick you. In America they have more pop and more biz. So the amount = the same in GST or carbon tax.

    This is for my country Australia, but it works out the same for any “western”country.

    Already have given them a very realistic way to make mass billion pa, start mass jobs, save the public 50 – 80% on 2 bills and go 100% powergrid green within 3.6 years. This is a massive idea, that will only burn 3 main power company’s hard, but boost 4 million other companies big and small.

    I found a way to make the cabin tax turn us green within 8 years, or a GST 5% rise for 3.6years will turn us green. Also found a way to self fund government departments rising cost for life.

    IN au i can undo the 10% profit tax on small biz. I can save biz 80% on power and crate mass jobs. I can cut the cost to the public and save them 50% – 80% off their power bills and gas bills. I can make mass jobs and turn Australia green within 3.5 years with a 5% GST rise. Or 8 years with a carbon tax charging big biz $5 billion pa again. I can also make that tax to big biz save them more money they want they pay for it.

    First this is my idea from years ago.. Just last month they made new 34% efficient solar panel. These Swiss-made solar arrays combine photovoltaic and thermal solar power, and are 34% more efficient than NASA’s solar cells. AND they’re beautiful! http://bit.ly/1MaoQo9.

    Take 34% of the time it takes us to go green below. It was 5 years with a temporary GST rise and 12 year with a carbon tax. It’s now 3.6 years with a GST rise, and 8 years with a carbon tax. Ignore the time below as you know now.

    Make a new tax called a “green tax”. That tax is the same as the carbon tax, but they buy $5 billion dollars worth of green tec pa.

    New solar panels have been made and are ready 2 be sold. They make 34% more power than old solar panels. Take 34% of the time off of this to turning us green.

    8 year carbon tax. 3.5 years 5% GST rise. THE TIME BELOW IS LONGER BECAUSE I NEVER CHANGED THIS IDEA OF MINE, AFTER THE 34% BETTER SOLAR PANELS GOT MADE.

    First the government will make 50% off of power sold for free. They get it all for free.

    The AU carbon tax was stupid and never forced the companies to go green. The gov made big biz pay a higher cost for fussell fuel. In return the power companies passed on the cost 2 big biz that charge us more and use the big biz $5 billion, to pay for it.

    The $5 billion dollar carbon tax only seen power company investing and spending $80 million pa on green tec…combined.

    What’s the point of making a $5 billion dollar tax on big biz, to see $80 million put up?

    What you do is make a green tax, and the government gets $5 billion dollars worth of solar panels and green tec pa for free.

    If the government gets it all for free, then they can charge 50 – 80% less.

    Big biz could pay that tax, but will still save money from getting cheap power.

    So the government just needs to make the same $5 billion dollars tax again…….call it a green tax. The government buys $5 billion dollars of green tec pa and sells power on the market.

    If the government sells power on the market, then they can control the price of power.

    6 years after putting up a massive $30 billion dollars worth, the government would be making $5 billion pa after selling it for 50% cheaper.

    After 6 years they would be putting up $10 billion dollars worth pa. Australia would be power grid green within 12 years time..

    Tony could even use the small bis $5.5 billion dollar fund to do this. Just sell the power to small biz first. Small biz will save 80% on power. That will save them more money than Abbott’s tax cuts will make them.

    After 12 years time small biz big biz will be lol with 80% less power bills…..Mass new jobs made. The public will be saving 50% than 80% in 14 years time.

    We can go green and make mass job boom the economy and the government collect massive new income.

    There is talk about rising the GST 2 5%. State governments can do this 2.

    With the state government rising there GST by 5%. They could go green 2.

    A 5% GST risae for Adelaide, would seen them bring in $1.5 billion dollars pa. Adelaide government could buy $1.5 billion dollar worth of solar panels pa, and sell the power to the public and small biz for 80%c cheaper…Free tax they get it all for free. The cost will be nothing.

    If small biz save 80% or even 50%, then they employ new people. If the public save 50 – 80% then they have money to spend at shops making more jobs, and giving them a happier life.

    Adelaide has about 1.3 million people. Each year for 7 years Adelaide will have put up $1.4 billion work and $10.5 billion dollars worth in 7 years time.

    Lots of people live in flats, and as some people need $10k power systems, others like the biggest pop pensioners only need $2k worth.

    I say $2k worth because the power lines will have the solar panels hooked up 2 them…Don’t need a $1.5 – $3k solar panle “meter” on your house. That means more solar panels for the price. What you get now for $3k, is including $1.5k for the meter…..Don’t need it.

    It would work out to about $6k per person of solar panels. As the young have flat screen tv and need $10ks worth, others only need $2k worth. It works out fine.

    $6k * 1.3 million people = $7.8 billion dollars. Adelaide would go power grid green within 5 years time.

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    Some people will need more then a $10 system, but note this first unlike the guy that replied 2 it.

    “”Don’t understand this, I have quote for $10k ,only supplies half my electricity, AND not much in winter as most of my roof faces south, and people across the road have trees. So I politely said NO.”"

    The higher price is because you need a new solar meter at your house. The solar meters on a $10k system are like $3.5k+. If you need a system over $15k you should stop growing dope lol.

    My sister and her family have a $15k system. They leave the heater on all night and 2 tvs and much more. They get money back every time.

    The biggest pop is old people and them people use next 2 know power. A small % of people will use $14k worth of panels. That’s not a problem because the biggest pop use a very small amount of power. My dads bill is $140…Nothing.

    We must note that over 100,000 houses already have solar panels now. Now add that it only takes 5 years to go green. Add another 2 years at most, and lots of people can have $20k systems…..That’s over kill.

    By the way you say winter time…Less sun. Well the first green tec to go in would have to be wind turbines. Solar panels can’t power the city at night time, but wind turbines can. The state first needs mass wind turbines. When we don’t put in solar panels, we will put them out in the desert. Australia is mostly desert. We could put the solar panels out there, and just run a cable to the state. Even now, Melbourn sell power in Adelaide. They run big cables to sa. We can do the same thing. Out in sa desert there are no clouds, just sun all day long. That mean solar panels will get more power unlike in the city’s.

    In parts of Australia and every state, there is almost wind 24/7. You’re not taking into account that there will be mass wind turbines making power 24/7. Summer and winter time 2. We are not talking about a system on your house. There will be no solar power meter at you house, it will be coming like normal power…From wind farms and solar plants.

    Don’t worry about your system not making much power in winter time people…It will. It’s not going 2 be on your roof, but wind farms and so on.

    We can go green within 5 years. We can even get people 2 buy electric stoves and ovens, scrapping a bill from there budget. Gas is about 2 rise by 30%. Even now gas is more $$$$ then power…almost.

    Australia will be power grid green within 3.6 years if the GST goes up. If we do it with a carbon tax, it will take 8 years.

    To self fund departments growth / rising cost…Do this.

    Say a big department needs a increase of $20 million every year. You would put the money in a interest fund, and live off the interest intrest made. It’s self funded for life, and will never need money again.

    So if it’s a big department you collect the $3 billion from the GST rise and put it in the bank or states GDP system. 6% of $3 billion is $125 million pa. Over 4 years when the cost goes up, there will be $500 million saved up. 6% of $500 million will be $21 million pa. Every 4 years they can add $21 million pa for rising cost. In the 8th year they can add $42 million pa. In the 12 years, they can add $ 63 million every year to rising cost.The interest, interest made pays for the rising cost each year. Every 4 years, it can add an extra $21 million on top of what it was. After 4 years it will get a $21 million dollar rise in money to cover cost. Over the next 4 years it will be ready to double the money / rising cost with $21 million pa increase taking it 2 an extra $42 million pa increase for the next 4 years. The interest pays for the rising cost for life. That’s how i would self fund all government departments rising cost. I would just keep that GST rise by 5% after we all go green, and self fund the grow of all departments over the next 40 years. In 40 years time every department would be self funded for life…No tax hikes. That 5% GST increase has saved us money anyway, and made the gov mass money + self funded government departments rising cost.

    If you do self fund government departments, each year the government will be collecting more tax to pop size, but not having to increase cost / tax. The government will be self funded and tax money and income will be more and more….Growth taken care off. That means life and cost only becomes less and less.

    I would also collect them taxes after it’s all done in 6 years time. I would then for the next 2 years, put $50 billion dollars into a long term deposit fund…GDP.

    5 state GST would = $40 billion in 2 years funding combine in AU. Now add $5 billion * 2 for green tax”. The GST and carbon tax would bring would bring in $2 billion interest pa AU wide. That’s 10,000 – 15,000 houses. If you start a new development, land would be very cheap, so 10,000 – 20,000 houses would be built pa. That’s just extra hosing + they would build massive flats 5 stories up, cramming mass more people into the small land. There wouldn’t be 1 homeless person. Remeber these are gov houses. The public and standed building now, would be the same. 20,000 extra homes pa.

    That^ will go to building houses every year. The interest made pa will build the houses each year. That will give us a healthy bombing building sector, and boost jobs and get’s people off the streets. $2 billion a year in building houses would be a massive boost t the economy and market. The housing market has a massive say of a country’s overall economy. It would also drop the cost of living…Renting prices. A steady strong housing market for life.

    To fix the country we need to put taxes in place, that will start mass jobs and do 10 things in 1. We can also put in place things that will permanently, give the economy permeant healthy results pa for life. 1 tax for 2 years funding, then the housing market is fixed for life with lots of permanent jobs made.

    Things like John howard superfund $1 for $1 match up 2 $1,000 pa, should also be done. 1 year of them taxes will have $1 billion in interest for life. That means after 1 year of funding, we can match $ for $ up to the limit of $1 billion for life. That will boost the market 2.

    There are things you can do that save the public, start jobs and make a constant health strong steady market / economy.

    This is not hypothetical at all. The GST tax is already in place. A 5% rise
    brings in that much money pa from all states. The carbon tax was paid for by big biz. They can pay it again and a tax = the same amount 2. That money does that and gets spent on that, then you permanent fix this country. It’s that easy and we can boom Australia again, and make things cheaper and have a good life.

    If they did this, i would be happy to spend $150 million to have a referendum to add and change things in the constitution. CAN NOT SELL THIS OFF TO ANYONE WITHOUT A REFERENDUM.

    3.6 years to turn your country green, save big and small biz 10% and the public 50% on 2 bills.And created massive jobs.

    2 years funding to permanently have a good housing market for life.

    1 year funding to boot super / the market for life.

    There are other ways to do these things. I can do it all.

    If they did this, i would be happy to spend $150 million to have a referendum to add and change things in the constitution. CAN NOT SELL THIS OFF TO ANYONE WITHOUT A REFERENDUM.