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Drought + Floods + Heat = Rising Price of Food

The drought in China’s major wheat production area is continuing, and now approaches the worst in two centuries. China may not be able to feed itself. If China is forced to import wheat, this will put still more pressure on … Continue reading

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Yasi Slams Queensland

  Residents and officials were amazed and relieved that no one was reported killed by the monstrous Cyclone Yasi, which roared across northern Queensland with winds up to 170 mph (280 kph). Tidal surges sent waves crashing ashore two blocks … Continue reading

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Queensland Did NOT Need This

A massive, powerful cyclone has begun to slam into the flood-ravaged northern state of Queensland, as people take shelter from the devastating weather. Tropical Cyclone Yasi, a Category 5 storm, the highest designation on Australia’s classification system, made landfall late … Continue reading

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Queensland Targeted Once Again

Jeff Masters: Queensland is in serious danger of renewed extreme flooding this week from Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Yasi has intensified to a Category 2 storm with 105 mph winds, and is undergoing a period of rapid intensification that is expected to … Continue reading

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Uh-Oh. More Storms Have Queensland In Their Paths

Both the European Center and GFS models predict that the remains of Tropical Cyclone Anthony will regenerate into a tropical storm late this week and hit Queensland early next week. A second and potentially more powerful storm is forecast to form next week … Continue reading

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Great floods, simple sources

William Shakespeare: Great floods have flown from simple sources. Jeff Masters: The year 2010 was one the worst years in world history for high-impact floods. But just three weeks into the new year, 2011 has already had an entire year’s … Continue reading

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Australian Floodwaters Spread South to Victoria

Water seeped on to the streets of rural communities in southern Australia today as the country’s flood crisis threatened to deliver another region its worst deluge in a century. Residents of Victoria state waited anxiously for rising waters in their towns … Continue reading

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Queensland Floods

Flood-weary Queensland, Australia suffered a new flooding disaster yesterday when freak rains of six inches fell in just 30 minutes near Toowoomba. … The ocean waters surrounding Australia were the warmest on record during 2010, and these exceptionally warm waters … Continue reading

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Whiteout.

Record warm ocean temperatures across much of Earth’s tropical oceans during the summer of 2010 …  fueled in part by the El Niño phenomena, caused the most coral bleaching since 1998, when 16 percent of the world’s reefs were killed off.“Clearly, … Continue reading

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Floods in Queensland Wipe State Into Existence

It is quite unusual when a disaster brings a state into being. On January 2nd, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper published a map showing a few other towns hit by the raging flood: Emerald, Theodore and Bundaberg. The map also included … Continue reading

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