Rolling Stone magazine declares Australia all but dead from global warming, and blogger Tim Blair, Australian, responds.
It’s near midnight, and I’m holed up in a rickety hotel in Proserpine, a whistle-stop town on the northeast coast of Australia. Yasi, a Category 5 hurricane with 200-mile-per-hour winds that’s already been dubbed “The Mother of All Catastrophes” by excitable Aussie tabloids, is just a few hundred miles offshore.
I have come to Australia to see what a global-warming future holds for this most vulnerable of nations …
Of all the world’s nations, Australia is the “most vulnerable”? To stupid journalism, perhaps.
The sense that Australia – which maintains one of the highest per-capita carbon footprints on the planet – has summoned up the wrath of the climate gods is everywhere.
We need names for these climate gods, so we can ridicule them in more personal ways.
“Australia is the canary in the coal mine,” says David Karoly, a top climate researcher at the University of Melbourne. “What is happening in Australia now is similar to what we can expect to see in other places in the future.”
You mean like record wheat crops?
As Yasi bears down on the coast, the massive storm seems to embody the not-quite-conscious fears of Australians that their country may be doomed by global warming.
Goodell can read our minds.
The oceans are getting warmer and more acidic, leading to the all-but-certain death of the Great Barrier Reef within 40 years.
Just hurry up and die already, reef. Predictions of this coral crop’s extinction have been around for almost as long as the reef itself.
Homes along the Gold Coast are being swept away, koala bears face extinction in the wild, and farmers, their crops shriveled by drought, are shooting themselves in despair.
Australia … happens to be right in the cross hairs of global warming. “Sadly, it’s probably too late to save much of it,” says Joe Romm, a leading climate advocate who served as assistant energy secretary in the Clinton administration.
What is likely to vanish – or be transformed beyond recognition – are many of the things we think of when we think of Australia: the barrier reef, the koalas …
I’d actually like to see koalas be “transformed beyond recognition”.
BTW, you know why koalas are so phlegmatic? Their diet of eucalyptus leaves is so nutrition poor they get little energy from it. Same reason why pandas can’t get it up—bamboo is not a super food, much less an aphrodisiac. Don’t think nature always knows what she’s doing.
But how’d this guy survive the hurricane?
The morning after Yasi, I emerge from my hotel to find a few broken windows and downed trees. The flooding isn’t as bad as had been feared
We walk for a while, watching all the happy people strolling along the boardwalk and drinking wine in cafes and surfing the waves. The sun is shining, and everything is lovely. Too bad that it all has to go.
Aggie, you were looking for cheap stocks to buy? Australia, Inc. It’s a steal.