Big Dry to Keep Hammering World Food

by Val Germann

An article today in The Brisbane TIMES illustrates the continuing climate disaster unfolding right in front of our eyes. The truly devastating lede reads thusly:

There is no end in sight to the drought afflicting the Murray-Darling Basin and the big dry could become a permanent feature of eastern Australia, experts warn.

This is not good because in the past OZ has been one of the world’s top exporters of wheat. But that won’t be the case ever again unless the current drought breaks. As it is now some of the descriptions read like science fiction, like this one from the CEO of the Murray-Darling watershed commission:

For the first time in recorded history, the water level of some inland lakes had plunged below sea levels, Dr Craik said. South Australia’s lower lakes were deteriorating particularly quickly.

And then there’s this:

Dr Craik says the drought is so bad in some parts of the basin that it has surpassed the worst climate change predictions for 2055.

So, if any of our readers are counting on a serious up-tick in Australian wheat production anytime soon, forget it. It looks like The Big Dry is here to stay.

About Val

I am a long-time teacher of science and astronomy with a strong interest in resource conservation and the environment.
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