Hi Kieran I only have access to the data …

Comment on Extreme variability: local climate change right now by David de Vries.

Hi Kieran I only have access to the data on BOM. A casual glance at these brings home a clear message – life threatening floods – life threatening droughts – rely on it. However using only 140 years recordings from only one location to make conclusions about the region and the future is fraught with difficulties. Using 10,000 fold more information and supercomputers BOM make some conclusions. 2016 BOM report concludes temp here have risen ~1 C in last 117 years. Number of days per year greater than 35C increasing by one each decade. No clear change in rainfall across the centre. These changes are serious. What remains most challenging for animals and plants is the pattern in place for the last few thousand years.
http://www.bom.gov.au/state-of-the-climate/State-of-the-Climate-2016.pdf

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Extreme variability: local climate change right now
Outing myself as being alarmed about climate change up front, I have been combing the BOM data for years thinking I would find ‘Evidence’. Thus I was excited to see this report. However, I still can’t see it. The data had been cherry picked and would never be published in a scientific journal. Other ways of looking at Alice data don’t show these trends. These trends in rainfall and summer temps don’t appear in other centralian locales that have 100+ years of records like Boulia and Leonora.
Thus, we don’t know what climate change will look like here. However, while the globe cooks at temperatures that rise almost imperceptibly slowly there are real short term risks. Geopolitics will be further destabilised by climate change and it will be these ramifications that turn our ‘Lifestyle’ on its head.


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