Tim Flannery wrtiting in the New Scientist- “Over the past 50 years southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming. Similar losses have been experienced in eastern Australia, and although the science is less certain it is probable that global warming is behind these losses too. But by far the most dangerous trend is the decline in the flow of Australian rivers: it has fallen by around 70 per cent in recent decades, so dams no longer fill even when it does rain. Growing evidence suggests that hotter soils, caused directly by global warming, have increased evaporation and transpiration and that the change is permanent.
Anna Bligh, Queensland Premiere- “Given the current uncertainty about the likely impact of climate change on rainfall patterns in SEQ over coming years, it is only prudent to assume at this stage that lower than usual rainfalls could eventuate.
Mr Beattie (previous Queensland Premiere) said the effects of climate change on our region meant we could no longer rely on past rainfall patterns to help us plan for the future.
Melbourne Water- Dam levels are still low in historical terms, and we remain extremely vulnerable to the hotter, drier climate predicted by climate scientists. Desalination must take precedence over dams because “Unfortunately, we cannot rely on this kind of rainfall like we used to.”
Update- Queensland’s dams are all full to overflowing and the desalination plant has been mothballed. Melbourne is on track for its wettest year since 1996. Some 593mm has fallen on the city centre so far this year and the yearly total looks set to outstrip the 629mm recorded in 2000.
Lies lies lies lies lies lies. All these people have and all over the globe we are paying for this completely unsubstantiated idiocy in billions.