Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Breaking More Records

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Breaking More Records

Article excerpt

CHRISTINE Carlisle's claim (DM 10/01/09) that the floods in Queensland are extreme weather events are not founded on objective scientific fact, but on her own impressions and memory.

Weather records are always being broken, purely because there are so many records and so many places.

For example: 'Yesterday was the third hottest day in Jonestown in recorded history'.

The same holds for every town and every locality and every weather record in Australia and the world.

Unfortunately, recorded history in Australia is very short, compared with regions such as Europe, and is insignificant compared with the history of planet Earth.

So far, all claims and predictions of weather extremes, such as Atlantic hurricanes, have been shown to be false.

This claim by Ms Carlisle falls in the same basket.

I have a wall chart of 100 maps of Australia, showing rainfall for the past 100 years.

No discernable trend there.

Of course, if Ms Carlisle has lived in Mackay for more than 20 years, she will have observed that the frequency of cyclones here has fallen precipitously.

And our recent flood event in February, which she classes as an extreme event, was pretty mild compared with our cyclone in 1918, which is well within recorded history.

But maybe, by her definition, cyclones are not extreme weather events.

Or maybe she is trying to create a scare where there is none.


How does GE corn impact on humans?

IT might seem that controlling mice fertility is a good thing, until you wonder how it affects human fertility.


Here is an excerpt:

"India - new research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies."

What is this doing to human fertility?

Regulators around the world said GE corn was as safe as non-GE strains.

It has been approved in many countries and regions including the US, the EU, Argentina, Japan, Philippines and South Africa.

China approved the GE corn for animal feed back in 2005.

Until this research, under the Austrian Ministries for Agriculture and Health, none of the regulators had seriously questioned the safety of GE corn. …

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