”All the measurable impacts are tracking right at the top of the range of possibilities … or in some cases above them … there is no major area, unfortunately, where sceptical views of the science can draw any strength from the peer-reviewed science, the real science, that has been done in the past five years – all of the evidence appears to be in the other direction,” the Australian government’s expert climate change adviser, Professor Ross Garnaut told journalists yesterday.
He was speaking after cyclone Yasi struck Queensland yesterday. Before hitting the coast-line, the cyclone was 2,000 kilonetres wide and had a core 500km wide. The eye was 35km wide. Fortunaley the wind speeds of about 300km/hr had dropped to about 160km/hr by the time it reached populated areas.