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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Darren Vaux Climate change and the marina industry The politicisation of the ‘environment’ has created a climate of widespread scepticism and issue fatigue that has impeded sensible discussion of the risks of climate change and its implications for our industry. The immediate threat is not necessarily from climate change itself but from the potential for ‘broad brush’ government regulation to be implemented without proper consideration. Australia-based Darren Vaux shares his views. The marina industry has a symbiotic relationship with the environment. We live on the shoreline and rely on access to the water and ‘good’ weather for our future fortune. As an industry, we have demonstrated best practice when it comes to protection of our micro-environment through the active prevention of land, air and water pollution. The success of the Australian MIA’s Clean Marinas and Fish Friendly Marinas programmes is testimony to this. Our challenge moving forward is the macro-environment, and the contribution of our industry and our customers to carbon emissions and the impact of climate change. Do you believe? It is hard to know what to believe when ‘facts’ are manipulated for political end. However, there are some fundamental truths worth considering. The two most obvious impacts of climate change on our industry are sea level rise and the increased frequency of extreme weather events. Tide data has been comprehensively recorded around the globe since the late 1800s. The CSIRO (Australian Government research organisation) reports that, based on global tide gauges, from 1870 to 2000 average global sea level has risen at least 200mm. Since 1993, global sea levels have been monitored with satellite telemetry and show a current average increase per annum of 3.18mm with an increasing trend (source: NASA). Interestingly, the major contributor to the sea level rise is not melting glaciers and polar ice caps but the thermal expansion of the oceans associated with global temperature rise. From an Australian perspective, the Data source: NASA www.marinaworld.com - January/February 2016 51 MW2016JanFeb.indd 51 05/01/2016 09:36:25

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