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by Chully Onion
January 11, 2010
Australia's summer ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: rain is starting to disappear from our lives.
Farming precariously on the barren landscape, collecting water in dams, and jumping puddles are all a rapidly diminishing part of Australia's culture, as drier weather - which scientists are attributing to global climate change - produce not only fewer wet Christmases, but fewer wet Januaries and Februaries.
How bad is it? One Australian newspaper is reporting:
"Drought is too comfortable a word," said John Williams, the New South Wales state Commissioner for Natural Resources. "Drought connotes a return to normal. We need to be adjusting."
"Ultimately", he says, "Australian children could have only virtual experience of water. Via the internet, they might wonder at river scenes - or eventually feel virtually wet."
Hopefully Australia will see the value and urgency in taking climate action before the last puddle dries up, since unrestrained greenhouse gas emissions are projected to accelerate drought and desertification.
Labels: climate changes