Climate Change Minister Penny Wong, September 2008:
There is a great deal of scientific advice about the impact of climate change on rainfall, particularly in southern Australia… We also know that in the two years before our election, what we saw were the lowest inflows into the River Murray in history, 43 per cent lower than the previous lows… So there is a very, very sound body of evidence that indicates that climate change is and will have an impact on rainfall in the Murray-Darling Basin and in southern Australia.
Alarmist of the Year Tim Flannery, 2007:
…Although we’re getting say a 20 per cent decrease in rainfall in some areas of Australia, that’s translating to a 60 per cent decrease in the run-off into the dams and rivers. That’s because the soil is warmer because of global warming and the plants are under more stress and therefore using more moisture. So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush.
The projections by University of Tokyo researchers, using 11 global climate models, … studied the likely frequency of floods in 29 international river basins, including the Murray-Darling.
Almost all, including the Murray-Darling, were expected to have increased flooding by the end of the century, with the 100-year flood event occurring every 10 to 50 years in many of the rivers by late this century.
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