Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dust storms and climate change

from w
Sydney and Brisbane and all along the east coast of Australia (but not Melbourne and Geelong) experienced a really bad dust-storm this week that choked the skies. Planes could not take off or land from the airports. People suffered respiratory and eye problems, a relative told me.Is this a sign of things to come? This week one city had a dust-storm, thunder and lightning and hail - in one day!

We've had dust storms before, but mainly in the rural areas as drought year after year raises the topsoil. I remember as a young child being terrified when walking home from school being choked by dust. Swan Hill, a small country town on the Murray River often had dust storms those days as the clearing of the land just changed the environment. One photo here shows a dust storm rolling in near Broken Hill in outback NSW.

When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?



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