Tag Archives | Floods

Looking for AGW in a Sea of Natural Variability: Drought to Flood (Part 1): A Note from Luke Walker

After the Queensland floods, Stewart Franks’ research on the interaction of El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) driving cycles of drought and flood in Australia has been advanced as the rebuttal to the proposition by some politicians and scientists that anthropogenic climate change has had a role in recent events. And […]

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National Broadcaster Willfully Ignores the Evidence

A week ago, our national broadcaster, the ABC, interviewed both Stewart Franks, Newcastle University, and David Karoly, Melbourne University, on the alleged impact of global warming on the floods.  Professor Karoly blamed carbon dioxide and his opinion was broadcast.  Stewart Franks,  who has for some time been warning of the likelihood of significant flooding in […]

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Tony Windsor Willfully Ignores the Evidence

THE ability to perceive anomaly – something that deviates from what is considered standard – is important for the progress of science and also good public policy. Until the recent widespread flooding in Australia, water planning in the Murray Darling Basin was based on the assumption that the region would experience continuing drought because of climate […]

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Queensland Premier establishes Commission of Inquiry into flood disaster

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has launched a statewide independent Commission of Inquiry to forensically examine Queensland’s unprecedented flood disaster. Ms Bligh said the Commission would be headed by widely respected Queensland Justice Cate Holmes with Deputy Commissioners Jim O’Sullivan, a former Queensland Police Commissioner and Phil Cummins, an international expert on dams. She said the […]

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Time to Reject AGW – And Bob Brown

EVER the opportunist, Bob Brown, Leader of the Australian Greens, yesterday blamed the Brisbane floods on the coal industry for causing global warming.  But there is no correlation between atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and rainfall or flooding, as measured by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, anywhere in Australia.  There is, however, a correlation between patterns in […]

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Floods Steal Precious Topsoil?

According to journalist Peter Sheehan writing in today’s Sydney Morning Herald: “The rivers have been running brown. A lot of the lifeblood of this country has been gushing away in liquid mountains we don’t even see.  A few sages warned that the worst thing that could happen to Australia after a decade of drought was […]

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Bill Burrows on the Rockhampton Flood

SOME of you would have heard of Australian rangeland ecologist, Dr Bill Burrows.  Bill, now retired, lives on the dunes at Emu Park with views of the flood plume flowing north from the Fitzroy River mouth.    According to Bill this has been one of the least dramatic and cleanest floods with only occasional frothing from pollution visible in […]

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