Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Big Wet Online

From The Big Wet: Northern Australia in Grip of Floods - my latest post for Global Voices Online:

As Queensland rivers burst their banks and northern New South Wales is inundated, Nick Evershed sums up the national feeling in Australia about the latest weather and the climate implications:
‏@NickEvershed: Australia: if it's not on fire, it's probably underwater.

Twitter is not always the best way to get accurate or up-to-date information, especially when communications are down or there’s no power. Jess Faith from far north Queensland is one of many to lose her connection:
‏@jessfaith89: Hello technology! How I've missed you! #bigwet #qldfloods #Cairns
ABC Wide Bay is one of the national broadcaster's ‘Local Radio' stations. It was just one of many local ABC radio stations to retweet this gem of imprecision.
‏@abcwidebay: Gympie river is reported to be looking like it has peaked at 20.3m #bigwet #qldfloods
David Kirkpatrick is only one of many online who have linked the extreme weather to climate change:
‏@daveyk317: We are hearing the word “Unprecedented” a lot in coverage of the #qldfloods - we will no doubt hear this more as the #ClimateCrisis bites.


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