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Monday, February 9, 2009

The tragic bushfires in Victoria, Australia are climate change related...

The terrible bushfires in Victoria that have claimed so many lives and caused damage to homes and buildings and wiped out some small townships in Australia during recent days, are undoubtably climate change related. While it is the 'season' for bushfires in southern Australia, the temperatures have been much higher than usual - reaching the mid 40's C. The hot air has crossed the Tasman Sea to eastern areas of New Zealand creating temperatures in the 40's C too! This is inexplicably high by New Zealand standards. The mid 30's is incredibly hot in New Zealand.

A radio news report a couple of days ago claimed the hot winds that have caused the bushfires in Victoria, South Australia, western NSW and now in NZ, emanate from the Indian Ocean, and could be a permanent part of the weather pattern at this time of year. Australian PM Kevin Rudd claimed that "Hell" had visited Australia!

I have not done any technical research at this stage, but will add a link when I have done so. New Zealand firefighters should be sent over to victoria in a couple of days to help their Australian counterparts.

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At February 12, 2009 at 5:46 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Forty to fifty NZ firefighters are leaving NZ for Victoria today to help their Aussie counterparts today(NZ TIME)The rest when possible.

Over a million dollars has been raised in NZ for aid to Victorians - more is being raised.

The spirit of ANZAC continues!

At February 16, 2009 at 3:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's happening down there is really sad.. And I want to add that climate change is not about hot or cold, it's about extreme weather events(see the low temperatures in USA and Europe). Of course there is a tendency of warming if we look the global average temperature.

Nice blog btw keep up!


At February 20, 2009 at 8:29 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for your comments and opinions. I will check out your blogs.



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