Flooding in Queensland – the climate change dimension

Queensland in Australia has always experienced heavy rainfall. In Townsville in the northern part of the state extremely heavy rainfall is quite normal, but the recent exceptional rainfall has fallen in the southern part of the state, close to the border with New South Wales. Should we consider climate change when we look at the causes of the terrible flooding Queenslanders have suffered, or is this simply within the bounds of the normal weather variation that Australia and other places suffer from time to time? Continue reading