Australia: A Real-Time Portrait of Climate Change

The Los Angeles Times published a front page headline about the consequences of dramatic climactic shifts predicted for the future -- arriving now in Australia. And if climate news from Australia is making the news in the states, perhaps it's a perfect opportunity to highlight the subject matter to raise people's awareness globally as well as locally.

A two-minute video is available here that briefly explores the droughts, heat waves, species extinction and spread of mosquito-borne illnesses currently underway in Oz.

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thefloppy1's picture
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As an Australian I can safly say that we have always had bad droughts, big floods and terrible fires. The last fires were so bad because of the greenies policy to prevent proper land managment. The Murry Darling basin is in ruins because of bad water managment by farmers, mainly cotten and by three states with different water policies.
Every year we have a heat wave somewhere that is extreme.
This has been going on long before industry.

"Life can be whatever you want it to be, as long as you do what your told."
LRF.

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As this article shows, there is great uncertainty regarding the global climate. The sun's current/future behaviour is a huge factor in this.

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I don't believe in belief!

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Articles like this make me want to gnash my teeth - talk about twisting facts to suit pet theories!

Yes - Australia has been suffering a drought - they happen now and again, that's just how things are.

Yes - coral has been bleaching - it does that occasionally. Last time it was blamed on the spread of the Crown of Thorns starfish. That time a so-called 'expert' was filmed and on TV walking about an exposed reef flat at low tide waving his arms and saying "Just look - there isn't any living coral left here." Well, of course there wasn't - all reef flats are dead as living coral dies when exposed at low tide.

There is more disease in north Queensland now because more people live there, thus the incidence of those catching mosquito-borne diseases has the potential to be higher than in the past.

Yes - many farmers have bulldozed their fruit trees and burned them. In some places the drought could be blamed for this, but in many more cases the fault lies with the Government which has allowed the import of cheap fruit from overseas to the point where local farmers cannot sell their produce so there is no point in growing it.

Dairy farmers face a similar problem. I don't quite understand the process, but this is something to do with the amount of money paid to farmers by the Milk Board, which barely covers production costs, not by the drought.

Recycled water is not being drunk in Brisbane. This was proposed last year when the dam levels started to fall to rather worrying levels, and a recycling plant was built, but so far the output is perhaps being used by some industries but it isn't running out of household taps and won't be in the forseeable future as the dams now have fairly healthy levels in them due to rain this year.

Stupid people who swim in north Queensland areas known to be populated by crocodiles are occasionally snatched as a tasty morsel - again something that happens every year as the number of stupid people seems to increase. The number of crocodiles is also increasing due to their now being a protected species, so again more people around, more crocs around, more likelihood of the provision of instant dinners for left-over dinosaurs.

The Murray-Darling river has been in trouble ever since I arrived in Australia in early 1961 (and probably before). Firstly too much water was pumped up for irrigation of land which should never have been used for farming causing a severe salinity problem. Secondly large dams have been built in the upstream sections (mostly on the Queensland-New South Wales border) for the irrigation of cotton, thus preventing what would normally flow down the river from doing so. End result - very little water flows to the sea - nothing to do with an increase in atmospheric CO2 but bad management of resources.

Global warming scenario? I don't think so.

Regards, Kathrinn