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Drought is connected with “Climate Change” and increasing…not so fast

Despite the glorious rainfall today there are still claims by many that the drought currently being experienced by most of the country is somehow linked with climate change and that we should get used to this. Perhaps we should stop listening to NIWA, the assorted climate alarmists and start listening to Princeton and Australian National University:

Released late last year (November) by Princeton and ANU:

A series of recent droughts from Australia to the United States has led some scientists to warn that global warming has already begun to increase worldwide drought. But new research from Princeton and the Australian National University in Canberra has found that this might not be the case…..

…A new analysis of drought conditions over the past 50 years has yielded a nuanced view of global trends. Red areas have experienced increasing levels of drought while blue areas have become less prone to dry conditions. Overall, there has been less of a trend toward drought globally than previously thought, Princeton researchers have found. (Image courtesy of Justin Sheffield)….

….The greater detail of the Princeton model does mean it is more difficult to use and requires a far greater amount of data than other estimates. In fact, the researchers said the data requirements precluded its widespread use by climate scientists until relatively recently, when better satellite coverage and improvements in global data from ground weather stations provided more extensive and reliable estimates of meteorological variables such as precipitation, humidity and wind speed…..

So two questions:

When did Salinger leave NIWA?

Does NIWA used the discredited Palmer Drought Index or are they using the new Princeton Model?

Media, unions and political parties are the most corrupt

The Aussies are onto it. They view the media, unions and political parties as the most corrupt institutions in society, according to a recent poll.

AUSTRALIANS view the media, unions and political parties as the most corrupt institutions in society, according to a poll by the Australian National University.

But the public has strong confidence in the police and armed services – and is less likely to think individual politicians are corrupt. The poll of 2020 people was carried out between August 13 and September 9.

Despite the belief that corruption occurs, fewer than 1 per cent of respondents said they or a family member had personally experienced corruption in the past five years.

The poll found 43 per cent of people surveyed believed corruption in Australia had increased while 41 per cent believed it had remained the same. Only 7 per cent believed corruption had declined.

The poll revealed 71 per cent of respondents were satisfied with democracy in Australia, although this figure had dipped to its lowest level since 1998.

”Both the media and trade unions have registered consistently low levels of confidence throughout the nearly 30-year period of the surveys, rarely attracting the confidence of more than one in four citizens,” the report said.

But just over half of those surveyed believed ”almost none” or just ”a few” federal politicians were involved in corruption.