Is Australia drying out because of global warming?
The usual Warmist dishonesty. They carefully note that it is Southern Australia that has been experiencing lower rainfall but then fail to say what is going on in Northern Australia! All that has happened is a normal oscillation whereby the rain has moved North. It is raining outside as I write this (in the North), during what is normally the driest month of the year. The rain will move South again in its own good time
And note that The Australian bureau of statistics says: "Australia's most severe drought periods since the beginning of European settlement appear to have been those of 1895-1903 and 1958-68". So the claims below are garbage to the core
The devastating droughts that are plaguing southern Australia are caused by greenhouse gases and ozone depletion - and they will only get worse.
This is according to a new high-resolution climate model by a U.S. government-based organisation which warns the cause was not due to natural events but man made.
Southern Australia has seen a decline in the amount of autumn and winter rain since the 1970s with the decline increasing in pace over the last four decades.
Climatologists claim droughts are predicted to get much worse with a further 40 per cent decrease in rainfall in the southwest around Australia's fourth city Perth by the end of the century.
'This new high-resolution climate model is able to simulate regional-scale precipitation with considerably improved accuracy compared to previous generation models,' said Tom Delworth of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.
'This model is a major step forward in our effort to improve the prediction of regional climate change, particularly involving water resources.'
The study by the U.S. government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducted several climate simulations using the global climate model to study long-term changes in rainfall in various regions across the globe.
Simulating natural and man made climate drivers, scientists showed that the decline in rainfall is largely a response to man-made increases in greenhouse gases as well as a thinning of the ozone caused by man made aerosol emissions.
Several natural causes were tested with the model, including volcano eruptions and changes in the sun's radiation.
But none of these natural climate drivers reproduced the long-term observed drying, indicating this trend is due to human activity.
The model predicts a continued decline in winter rainfall throughout the rest of the 21st century, with significant implications for regional water resources.
The drying is most severe over southwest Australia where the model forecasts a 40 per cent decline in average rainfall by the late 21st century. [S.W. Australia has always had water shortages]
Mr Delworth said: 'Predicting potential future changes in water resources, including drought, are an immense societal challenge.
'This new climate model will help us more accurately and quickly provide resource planners with environmental intelligence at the regional level.
'The study of Australian drought helps to validate this new model, and thus builds confidence in this model for ongoing studies of North American drought.'
Parts of Australia have been gripped by devastating drought and heatwaves in recent years.
In March, the World Meteorological Organisation said record high temperatures in 2013 would have been 'virtually impossible' without human emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
The 2013-2014 summer saw sweltering temperatures in Perth, in the southwest, and Adelaide, in the south, while Sydney went through its driest summer in 27 years, an independent watchdog, the Climate Council, said. [There was a similar heatwave in 1790! Yes. 1790, not 1970]
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).