Although no single event can be attributed to climate change, scientists believe the intensity of the prolonged rains and flooding endured by residents of the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales are indicative of the types of events that are linked to global warming.
Meteorologists have already noted that flooding is more severe this year because the cyclical La Niña effect, which already results in more seasonal rain. Then there is the aggravating effect of global warming itself, as explained by Dr. Matthew England of the University of New South Wales' Climate Change Research Center, who stated, “The waters off Australia are the warmest ever measured, and those waters provide moisture to the atmosphere for the Queensland and northern Australia monsoon.”
In addition, scientists state it is possible that the warmer temperatures may be further fueling the La Niña effect, especially as it has already been noted that this year is bringing what could be the strongest La Niña in recorded history.
As observed by University of Melbourne's Earth Sciences expert Professor David Karoly, “Australia has been known for more than a hundred years as a land of droughts and flooding rains, but what climate change means is Australia becomes a land of more droughts and worse flooding rains."
Our appreciation, Drs. Karoly and England for helping us to understand how climate change creates conditions that are increasingly devastating and dangerous. May we quickly choose wiser ways of living so that the climate will return to being more conducive to human and planetary survival.
As in an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai has often expressed concern about climate change-related disasters on a global scale, reminding of humanity's ability to diminish or even halt them.