Droughts, Floods and Cyclones

Droughts, Floods and Cyclones

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Loss of human life, destruction of crops and pastures, millions of dead animals, all these are associated with El Nino events in the early twentienth century. What is not so widely recognised is that, while our climate is changing El Nino events were also present in the colonial times.
Publisher: North Melbourne, Vic. : Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009.
ISBN: 9781921509384
Branch Call Number: 551.5773 GAR

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Infolass Jul 28, 2010

Reviewed in History News (Royal Historical Society of Victoria) Issue No 287 June-July 2010

"El Nino evnets have now become part of our understandings of weather and climate. Through than examination of three past periods - 1849-69, 1876-78 and 1895-1903 - in eatern Australia, NZ and th... Read More »


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Infolass Jul 28, 2010

Reviewed in History News (Royal Historical Society of Victoria) Issue No 287 June-July 2010

"El Nino evnets have now become part of our understandings of weather and climate. Through than examination of three past periods - 1849-69, 1876-78 and 1895-1903 - in eatern Australia, NZ and th Pacific, the author show us that El Ninos are not new and that their effects are varied and considerable. Lest climate change sceptics take heart from his findings of the past, Don Garden reminds us that his conclusion that Melbourne temperatures in "10 of the last 11 years have been in the top 10%, compared iwth 6 in the 90% (140 yrs) between 1856 and 1996". (p. 342) This is a path-breaking book in environmnetal history characterised by detailed and judicious research and providing important dimensions for our understandings of colonial societies trying to come to terms with thier envirnoment".

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