Numerous flood warnings remain in place across the nation’s most populous states of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania today
The situation is at crisis point in Melbourne, with thousands ordered to evacuate.
As the sun set on Thursday, sirens rang out in towns right across the state and communities were cut off.
The heavy rain has mostly cleared now with scattered showers set to continue throughout the day but flood waters will remain for days if not weeks.
The Maribyrnong River was the latest to break its banks this morning.
Around 500 homes are under water and more than 4,700 without power – with Victorian premier Dan Andrews confirming online disaster payments are now available.
Rescue dinghies are patrolling the flooded streets, helping those who have become stranded by the rising waters.
Truly a mammoth operation for emergency services.
200 flood rescues have been performed by the state’s SES.
Helicopter vision is showing submerged cars, pontoons floating down the river and water inundating roads and buildings.
There is even talk that those residents displaced may need to be housed in a closed former Covid quarantine centre.
It’s an unfolding situation – but for those residents in or around affected areas the message remains clear: get out now.
‘Orgy of destruction’ – A stark climate warning
Humanity has become ‘weapon of mass extinction’ according to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres
At the biodiversity COP15 conference in Montreal, Canada Guterres opened the meet with a brutal reality.
Guterres called for an end to destruction of nature saying our “land, water and air are poisoned by chemicals and pesticides, and choked with plastics.”
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to the stand to urge countries to protect their precious land and waters.
The leader also took the opportunity to announce Canada’s $350m biodiversity finance fund.
Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat
A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us
A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.
Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.
The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.
In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.
Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.
Australia warned to brace for more extreme weather events
From wild floods, to raging fires. Australia has experienced it all
And that’s not changing anytime soon.
The country is getting warmer and residents are being warned to prepare for the worst.
From an increasing number of extreme heat days to flash flooding, wild bushfires and rising sea levels – the Bureau of Meteorology says we need to buckle up and brace for impact.
This comes as the New South Wales flood crisis is ranked as the most expensive natural disaster in Australia’s history.
$5.5 billion worth of insurance claims have been lodged right across the state and now residents as residents are being told their policies won’t be renewed.
So is there anything we can do and is there any hope for our environment?
Meanwhile, say goodbye to those cloudy skies – Weatherzone predicts Australia will flip from the current wet La Nina weather system to its hot and dry cousin, El Nino next year.
If this is true, residents can expect a long period of warm conditions, including reduced rainfall, warmer temperatures and less tropical cyclones.
So how likely is this prediction?
But don’t celebrate just yet.
While the weather system means more days to lie by the pool, spare a thought for those living amongst the trees.
As the risk of severe wildfires skyrockets.
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