Remembering the floods

I wrote about extreme weather events and their connection to global warming two and a half months ago and a small coincidence leads me to revisit the topic. Today has been chosen as the day of remembrance for the disastrous SE Queensland floods a year ago, and a link on RealClimate took me yesterday to … Continue reading “Remembering the floods”

New Cape York frog species

The Townsville Bulletin today reported the discovery of two new species of frogs on Cape York. Their article begins: A Townsville scientist was hopping up and down with excitement after stumbling upon two new species of frog in the Far North. James Cook University researcher Dr Conrad Hoskin and Kieran Aland from the Queensland Museum … Continue reading “New Cape York frog species”

What’s around – mid September

Still no rain to speak of, in spite of indications to the contrary, so there is little change in the insect life except a continued dwindling of numbers. The garden is presently dominated by wasps and flies – hover-flies are doing particularly well, and we have more orange-and-black Plecia flies than I have ever seen … Continue reading “What’s around – mid September”

Too many people

Dick Smith’s Population Crisis Allen & Unwin, May 2011, $19.99 Dick Smith argues in this book that population is the most overlooked issue in the environmental debate. All of the world’s looming environmental problems would be easier to solve if there were fewer people, he says, and we Australians in particular are being really short-sighted … Continue reading “Too many people”

The State of the Climate

State of the Climate in 2010 is the latest instalment of an annual collection of climate observations from around the globe, edited at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center and published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS). Its purpose is to document dozens of observed climate indicators which, when viewed together, provide a … Continue reading “The State of the Climate”