You know the rest of the jingle, from the weather man, a guy called Norm. Can’t remember what channel or how long ago, but no platitude could be more relevant today. …Nobody does a thing about it.
Weird weather is becoming the real Norm, just in case you hadn’t noticed. Not just the incredible rains in Australia, the snow in the northern hemisphere, the typhoons that we hear less about. Weird is the sudden warm snaps that unleash water in the wrong season, or the create mid-winter tornados in the US mid-west.
Interesting indeed, especially from a safe ridge in wet Moruya, where I eye the river and wonder if it could isolate us here some day.
Different matter in much of Queensland and northern NSW, where lives have been lost and the economic cost could top $6 billion.
The lost food production alone will be felt across the country, and will apparently drive wheat prices up globally. Food security is no longer such an arcane idea.
As for doing something about it, well, we’re still waiting for the penny to drop. It’s gone beyond a joke, gone beyond trying to stop climate change.
Remember how the talk during the Copenhagen meeting ‘decided’ that warming should be kept to 2 degrees Centigrade? Hubris indeed.
This isn’t going to be fun, as the residents of Queensland are already discovering. Time for adaptation, and better make it snappy. Welcome to the new normal.