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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-11 05:14 AM
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Scientists see climate change link to Australian floods
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Source: Reuters

By David Fogarty, Climate Change Correspondent, Asia Wed Jan 12, 3:01 am ET

SINGAPORE (Reuters) Climate change has likely intensified the monsoon rains that have triggered record floods in Australia's Queensland state, scientists said on Wednesday, with several months of heavy rain and storms still to come.

But while scientists say a warmer world is predicted to lead to more intense droughts and floods, it wasn't yet possible to say if climate change would trigger stronger La Nina and El Nino weather patterns that can cause weather chaos across the globe.

"I think people will end up concluding that at least some of the intensity of the monsoon in Queensland can be attributed to climate change," said Matthew England of the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

"The waters off Australia are the warmest ever measured and those waters provide moisture to the atmosphere for the Queensland and northern Australia monsoon," he told Reuters.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110112/wl_nm/us_climate_au...
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  -Scientists see climate change link to Australian floods Turborama  Jan-12-11 05:14 AM   #0 
  - Am wondering  Delphinus   Jan-12-11 05:18 AM   #1 
  - What is thought to have been a 30 year El Nino  dipsydoodle   Jan-12-11 05:48 AM   #2 
  - Probably volcanic in origin.  Richard D   Jan-12-11 09:35 AM   #6 
  - Yes  dipsydoodle   Jan-12-11 11:53 AM   #7 
  - El Nino is the warm spell that brings drought.  Matilda   Jan-12-11 09:01 PM   #13 
  - It's not hard to miss the connection...  Violet_Crumble   Jan-12-11 06:19 AM   #3 
  - definitely getting warmer and more humid in Oz as years go by  Swagman   Jan-12-11 06:44 AM   #4 
  - "Screw the freaking facts." - RepubliCorp International, Inc. (R)  SpiralHawk   Jan-12-11 09:21 AM   #5 
  - Kicked and recommended.  Uncle Joe   Jan-12-11 11:58 AM   #8 
  - Duh....????!!!!!  defendandprotect   Jan-12-11 04:45 PM   #9 
  - There have never been major floods in Queensland before. Except  Synicus Maximus   Jan-12-11 06:01 PM   #10 
  - There were bad floods in Queensland in 1974,  Matilda   Jan-12-11 08:59 PM   #12 
  - recc'd to 18  StarsInHerHair   Jan-12-11 08:37 PM   #11 
 

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