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Last updated on August 5th, 2017 at 08:09 am
UPDATE. Flannery did turn up here 13 days ago, but not to discuss anything warmenish:
Professor Flannery first visited the area in the early ‘70s as a young fossil.
(Extract slightly edited in the interest of unfairness.)
UPDATE II. Hold everything! Dylan Kissane locates a not-online SMH interview dated June 18, at which point Flannery’s no-water-for-Sydney prediction was already out by nearly one million megalitres. Includes this Q&A:
Q: What do you think will happen to Australia’s water supplies under climate change?
A: The supply is going to get more and more limited. The soils are getting hotter and that means more water evaporates from the soils, which means there’s less water to run into the rivers. Water is just going to be in shorter and shorter supply.
It’s raining again as I write this:
In the second verse mention is famously made “ Of droughts and flooding rains….”
As per the Flannery flummery presumably in 1907 it was probably down to all those engines of motor vehicles belching out their exhaust fumes that turned our little corner of the earth into a place of “terror” as she went on to describe it. Oh wait ..hang on …how many motor vehicles were around pre 1907 to cause these catastrophes ? Bugger all. Actually the first production line cars had not yet been rolled out.
Oh that’s right now we have “special” droughts and floods now that have never before been seen in the history of mankind