Sunday, April 13, 2008

Slightly growing drought?

The implications in this article are that climate change is at work again (please read my previous posts on droughts). We can see that there is precedent for drought in this area, and that the drought is loosening. Wouldn't it persist if caused by manmade climate change?

Drought grows slightly in E. Australian farmlands | Environment | Reuters:

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A key part of Australia's eastern farmlands slipped further into drought in March but record crops were still expected if good rains fell soon, New South Wales Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said on Sunday.

New South Wales, one of Australia's biggest agricultural states, was hit hardest by the country's worst drought in 100 years before rain began falling early this year.

The rain reduced the area of the state in drought to around 40 percent from 99 percent during the worst of the drought in 2002.

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