Tagged: floods

I think it’s going to rain today (when it’s wet, it’s very very wet) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 23, 2013

I took Rosie the truffle machine for a walk around the farm just before dark yesterday. We were both a bit stir-crazy after four days of cold, cold rain and a couple of days of screaming southerlies that brought snow to our hills. The ground passed field capacity at the beginning of last week, when [...] … Read More

Climate change complicit in scorching heat, bushfires, flooding and tornadoes of disastrous Australian summer - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jan 29, 2013

From a natural disaster perspective, Australia is having a much worse year than New Zealand, despite our apparent penchant for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding, and the occasional crippling winter storm on this side of the ditch. To date, the Insurance Council of Australia has officially declared three natural disasters in 2013 (the Tasmanian bush fires, New South Wales … Read More

The truth is molten - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 05, 2012

Extreme weather events are where the climate change rubber hits the road, and if events over the last month are anything to go by, global warming is currently doing doughnuts and burnouts on tarmac right round the globe. Kevin Trenberth put it rather nicely in an interview with PBS Newshour in the US: “This is [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #23: Durban and the return of the electric car - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 21, 2011

Grab some holly, deck your halls, heat up some mince pies, and then settle down to the last Climate Show of 2011. We look at the outcome of the Durban conference, discuss heavy rain in New Zealand and record-breaking weather extremes in the USA, and ponder the implications of news of more methane erupting from [...] … Read More

Flooding and Landslides Pummel the top of the South Island - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Dec 15, 2011

Tourists stranded by floodwaters in Nelson. Source: The Nelson Mail Rain-laden clouds from the north Tasman sea settled over the top of the south island several days ago, and have been drenching the Nelson and Golden Bay regions ever since. Extreme rainfall has been recorded in Takaka, Richmond and Nelson, with the Kotinga gauge at Takaka recordind an unprecedented 423mm … Read More

The Climate Show #21: carbon, coal and Cook on BEST - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 10, 2011

Bad news on carbon emissions balanced by good news on solar photovoltaics, a Medicane bringing dramatic flash flooding to Italy and France, a scientist who thinks the Arctic could be effectively ice free in late summer in only four years, and the inside story on what the New Zealand election might mean for climate policy [...] … Read More

Flooded Hard-Drives and Hondas: Economic Implications of Thailands’ Latest Natural Disaster - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Oct 28, 2011

Flooding in Thailand Source: thesun.co.uk Global Economic Hub Thailand is a global manufacturing hub, and a leading exporter of automobiles, electronics, textiles, clothing and food. Exports of goods and services accounting for approximately 70% of Thailands’ GDP in 2010. Tourism has largely recovered following the Indian Ocean tsunami (which claimed more the 5000 lives in Thailand), accounting … Read More

Catch a fire (worst year since 1816) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 26, 2011

The extraordinary sequence of extreme weather events during the last 18 months is probably the worst run of natural disasters since 1816, when a huge volcanic eruption at Mt Tambora cooled the earth enough to cause the famous “year without a summer“, according to a powerful blog post by Weather Underground founder Jeff Masters. He [...] … Read More

Lessons from a drowning continent: no time like the present to invest in our future - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 15, 2011

Jim Salinger’s spending the summer at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. This reflection on the lessons of Australia’s recent floods first ran in the Waikato Times at the beginning of the month, but I felt it deserved a wider audience and so with Jim’s permission reproduce it here. As I watch from my summer [...] … Read More