Saturday, November 29, 2008

Climate change Australian style

DeDry earth in the Sonora desert, Mexico.Image via WikipediaIt's hard to escape the brainwashing that occurs when the media onslaught begins. In Australia there are very few people that will stand up and say, climate change-bah humbug!.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e1/Drought.jpg/75px-Drought.jpg

That's probably why so many Australians are so surprised every time there's another flood. Floods occur in Australia as regularly as does drought. We've been suffering drought now for quite some time and the experts have been quick to tell us that this is the direct cause of climate change. Who are we, mere mortals to question the wisdom of the experts and their cousins the bureaucrats.

I'll never forget the moment that I first realized that Australia is unlike anywhere else in the world, our climate is unique. It is a cyclical climate of extremes. Reading Patrick White's book The Tree of Man, it struck me like a bolt of lightning. The book encapsulates what living in Australia is all about. Flood, drought, flood drought etc and let's not forget the annual bushfire which is as predictable as Christmas.

I guess all those people who have been enduring water restrictions, including myself must be scratching their heads (except me) trying to reconcile the idea of climate change with the flood - drought cycle that is so much part of Australia.

Remember El Nino? Who can forget the previous fad, that all encompassing explanation for why it was too wet or too dry.
Maybe the climate change fad will come to pass like the El Nino fad.

Meanwhile we have disaster zones to contend with while water restriction are firmly entrenched.

Update to story December 15th http://www.theage.com.au/national/the-rain-we-had-to-have-with-more-to-come-20081213-6xxy.html
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2 comments:

FJ said...

One thing about the weather. Stick around long enough, and it's bound to change.

Jeannie said...

What's hilarious is that they used to say global warming, but because that didn't hold true, it's now termed "climate change". We've always had climate change. When I was in school in the 60's, along with evolution, we were being taught that we were headed toward another ice age because there was a cold trend. We always had a white Christmas. Then in the late 70's, it suddenly got a bit milder in December and white Christmases were again rare until the last couple years. I can get behind minimizing pollution 100% but I really don't think our emissions or the farts of cattle are responsible for any trends in weather. How ludicrous. A volcano is many times worse than anything we do - all the earthquakes recently have to be releasing gases into the atmosphere. And then there are the sun spots... When will they figure out that humans really aren't all powerful and there are forces at work that really have nothing to do with us?

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