Essay by Eric Worrall
Tim Flannery, Founder of the Climate Councilin 2006: “even falling rain doesn’t really fill our dams and river systems”.
04.07.22 VIA CLIMATE COUNCIL
FLOODING has returned to NSW, with thousands of Sydney residents subject to evacuation orders and warnings that in some areas flood levels could exceed levels seen earlier this year.
Experts from the Climate Council say preparedness is key, as communities continue to experience extreme weather events, fueled by a warmer atmosphere.
Climate Councilor and Emergency Leadership for Climate Action (ELCA) leader Greg Mullins added:
“La Niña may be officially over, but there is a real pain for these communities, who have endured a terrible flood year.
“There is no doubt that extreme weather events are increasing due to climate change. The science is very clear that we are seeing violent fluctuations between periods of floods and fires, due to warming. On the East Coast of Australia in the last 18 months we have had four major floods.
Backside in 2006, when Australia was experiencing a prolonged dry spellThe story is a little different.
SALLY SARA: What does it mean for Australian farmers if climate change predictions are correct and little action is taken to stop it? What would that mean for a farmer?
TIME FLANNERY EXPERT: We’ve seen the early impacts and they include a decline in winter precipitation across southern Australia, clearly the impact of climate change, but also a reduction . In spite of we’re saying that rainfall is down by 20% In some parts of Australia, that reduces the amount of water entering dams and rivers by 60%. That’s because the soil is warmer due to global warming and the plants are under more pressure and thus using more moisture. Therefore even the falling rain doesn’t really fill our dams and river systems, and that’s a real worry for those in the bush. If that trend continues then I think we will have a lot of serious problems, especially for the irrigation system.
Climate change also appears to have the ability to dig back in time, potentially causing a series of severe floods in NSW before the modern era.
There is only one possible conclusion. Climate change is a witch. Not only is the climate witch responsible for all the bad weather humans experience, wet or dry, its effects can travel through time, causing floods in the early 1800s. It even It can even make people seem to forget what they’ve said before about “stable science” in public.