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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fingerprints on Australian Drought

According to media reports, the Southeast Australia Climate Initiative has found "proof" that human-induced climate change is responsible for the drought in the continent's Southeast over the past 15 years. The guilty culprit appears to be strengthening of the subtropical ridge which is driving rainfall to higher latitudes, leaving the Southeast and Melbourne high and dry. However, it appears all are not happy with the conclusions, including the head of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Rob Freeman, who continues to argue that the rains will eventually return. Undoubtedly, he's not alone, as many in Australia are literally betting the farm that the scientists have got it wrong.

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