Link from http://climateprogress.org/2009/02/06/australia-hot-dry-koala-waltzing-mathilda/
Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong….
[Click photo for full pic.]
A reader sends a note with a wonderful series of pictures attached:
Since you’ve been focusing on Australia a lot lately, these images might make some good symbols of what’s going on there. A koala invaded a home to get some water (very rare for koalas to anywhere near people), during this most recent heat wave.
The reader was himself forwarding an email about Australia’s worst heatwave on record, which read:
It has been so hot in SA for over a week … 40+ degrees Celsius everyday, and very dry.
A guy at work lives at Maude. His wife sent him these photos of a little Koala which just walked into the back porch looking for a bit of heat relief. She filled up a bucket and this is what happened!
Okay, this isn’t a jumpbuck. Then again, it’s not a billabong either, since those are all running dry (see “Australia faces collapse as climate change kicks in”). And if we don’t cut greenhouse gas emissions sharply and soon, they’ll all be irreversibly dry for 1000 years.”
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
“You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me.”
* I just learned two shocking things
* Drought land “will be abandoned”
* Drought in southern Australia declared ‘worst on record’
* Dry me a River: Climate change and drought
* Australia today = U.S. southwest by 2050
* Australia faces the “permanent dry” — as do we