Australia's heat wave is getting some attention. Not just here in Australia, we can't ignore it, but from elsewhere as well. It's a real doozy. You can read about it on MotherJones, and in the UK Guardian, The Telegraph and in many places on the blogosphere, like here and here.
One of the big problems is that we've had a lot of rain this past year or two - aka the 'big wet', when large areas of the continent were covered in water - to the north, south, east, west and in the centre of Australia. 2010-11 was the wettest summer on record in Victoria and in Darwin and no-one can forget the tragic loss of life in the Lockyer Valley when Queensland flooded in the same season. Once the water evaporated, sank into the ground or flowed to the sea the plants started growing again. (If you remember, the 'big wet' followed the 'great drought', which didn't end till 2010.) That means lots of fuel for fire.
In 2009 more than 179 people died in a fire that started in catastrophic conditions on a day known locally as Black Saturday. Most of us knew some of them or knew people who knew some of them. It was a bad day that affected the whole nation.
Now it's 2013 and in this 'big heat', fires have taken hold, burning out almost entire small towns and hamlets in Tasmania and continuing to rage in our island state as well as in many parts of the mainland. NSW had the worst fire danger conditions on record - and fires took hold and are still burning out of control.
Reaction from deniersThis blog pokes fun at the silliness that pervades a share trading site, HotCopper, from top management down. (It's a microcosm of the world that science deniers and conspiracy theorists inhabit, seeing the conservative old white male as its target market.) But there's nothing silly about the weather extremes in Australia over the past few years. There have been too many tragedies. Yet there are still a few people who simply cannot accept that our climate is changing. While the continent has been sweltering in a record heat event, they write things like this, in response to a post about this article from The Age about the record heat (bear in mind that these are posts on a Science and Medicine forum):
You can grow things in 'Hot-Houses'... But you can NOT grow things in a Deep-Freezer. Birdman29
What a waste of bandwidth this thread is, started I notice by an alarmist, one of the group who tell us that science rules. Hanrahan, the resident troll, dismisses the freak conditions and its consequences as not worth writing about, as well as flaming the poster and denying science in the same keyboard attack.
Ever thought of simply making your point without denigrating those who don't accept your gloomy outlook? And more: Grow up, stop sulking, learn how to debate civilly. Troll Hanrahan again, king of denigration who often has sulking fits and will never learn how to 'debate'.
Do you think that it being summer could have anything to do with it? BenBradley, resident paranoid conspiracy theorist, disagrees with the Bureau of Meteorology. He thinks this freak heat wave is normal summer weather.
The Earth's climate varies. We need to adjust. astrayalien, recent winner of the HotWhopper dumbest post award, who thinks our atmosphere cools the planet rather than keeping it warm, but nevertheless thinks we will need to adjust. Yes we do!
People who go on about global warming because its hot outside during summer just show thier (sic) extreme ignorance re climate change. Idiots. From 'CO2 is plant food' muzzarati, who thanks god for poor, much maligned CO2.That sums up the majority of HotCopper S&M-ers. Not merely ignorant but wilfully ignorant and proud of it!