Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the country the “land of drought” as he announced a further $140m to help stricken farmers, bringing total government funding to $576m.
99 percent of New South Wales, which is the country’s most populous state and produces a quarter of the country’s agricultural output, is currently in drought.
Announcing the additional funding, Mr Turnbull said: “Now we are the land of droughts and flooding rains, we recognise that.”
The Grand Solar Minimum is amplifying the extremes of our weather, from one (drought) to the other (flooding).
Historical documentation warns us time and time again that any prolonged reduction in solar output correlates with a devastating impact on regional climates and the food production systems civilisation has in place — see wiki.iceagefarmer and NOAA report
Australia has returned to the cooler, drier climate of the early 1800s, and the Dalton Minimum — the last example of prolonged solar diminishment.
“It’s a very volatile and often capricious climate and Australian farmers are resilient,” Turnbull added. “They plan for drought, they are good managers but it can become really overwhelming.”
A NSW charity worker wept as she described the dire situation, “I worry every day I go to visit farming families that I’m going to get to someone and it’s going to be hours too late, it’s literally that bad,” she said.
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