"Bulls cannot breed at Inverell. They are becoming infertile from their testicles overheating. Mares are not falling pregnant, and through the heat, piglets and calves are aborting." These are the alarming observations of Dr Gundi Rhoades. She has been the veterinarian in Inverell, a once-thriving town in northern NSW for 22 years. She has seen climate change fuelling extreme heat, drought and bushfires in this area - which she now describes "..has become hell on Earth."
She explains that "Here, we are seeing extreme weather events like never before. The other day we had about eight centimetres of rain in 20 minutes. These downpours are like rain bombs. They are so ferocious that a farmer lost all of his fences, and all it did was silt up the dam so he had to use a machine to excavate the mud."
Read the SMH article here.