The floods in Queensland have been much in the news recently; my home town of Toowoomba has been devastated by a flash flood after a heavy fall on saturated ground, and now Brisbane, where I was a student, is bracing itself for severe flooding.
Is this the result of global warming? I have no way of knowing, but it is said that the effect of global warming will make extreme weather events more common. If you need information that this is happening, you need only look at the following statement on the University of Queensland website:
UQ Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Keniger said flood levels reached the one in a century flood level by 8am this morning and by midday had almost reached the 1974 mark.
In other words, the one-in-a-century mark has been surpassed twice in less than forty years.
My thoughts are with those friends and strangers who have lost family, friends, livelihood or possessions in this tragedy.
But finally, to put things into perspective, there are also floods in Sri Lanka which have displaced 200000 people from their homes, and floods in the Philippines which have affected one million people.