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Friday, August 17, 2007

The Big Dry 

Rare snowfall has hit Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, South Asia has faced the worst monsoon floods for years and Australia's Murray River, no longer holds sufficient water to flow out into the sea. Such extreme weather could be linked to global warming

The Murray River is the lifeblood of Australia's farming country, a legendary river that thundered 1,500 miles from the Snowy Mountains to the Indian Ocean. Now, it's choking to death in the worst drought for a thousand years.

Is the "Big Dry" a warning that the Earth is running out of water? Professor Tim Flannery, an Australian environmental scientist and an international leader on climate change, has no doubts. "Australia is a harbinger of what is going to happen in other places in the world," he says. "This can happen anywhere. China may be next, or parts of western USA. There will be emerging water crises all over the world." Few scientists doubt the "big dry" is caused, in part, by climate change.

You can get more information on the "Big Dry" from freeinternetpress.com or read an extensive article by correspondent Claire Scoby, in The Bulletin

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