Friday, January 11, 2013

Australia on Fire

Over the last two or three weeks there have been some horrendous bushfires throughout parts of Australia, with terrible devastation. This is Australia, where such extreme events are not uncommon. However, in all likelihood, climate change is exacerbating the situation. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has recently taken the extraordinary step of adding new colours to its maps of temperature in Australia (BOM). Temperatures were previous capped at 50°C (122°F), but this is no longer high enough. The range now extends to 54°C (129.2°F), well above the all time record temperature of 50.7° recorded in 1960. This is scary stuff.

Add to this the fact that many of these fires were probably started by arsonists... Well, what can one say! Just this: there are times when I am ashamed to be a member of the species, Homo sapiens, subspecies sapiens. The term "sub species" seems only too appropriate here.

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