Climate change killed Australia’s prehistoric animals: Giant kangaroos and wombats bigger than cars which once roamed Australia were killed by climate change and not human hunters, Australian scientists said on Thursday. ABC News (US)

When it warms, it pours: Climate change appears to be increasing the risk of monsoon flooding on the Indian subcontinent. The monsoon is the great life-giver and the great destroyer of the subcontinent. Without rain from these annual storms, crops wither, animals die and more than half the world’s population suffers from potential famine. Scientific American

Global warming plan to target business: Business would be forced to comply with tough new limits cutting damaging greenhouse gas emissions under a sweeping plan to tackle global warming delivered last night by the parliamentary secretary for the environment. The Age

Quiet hurricane season raises questions: As a largely inactive 2006 hurricane season came to an official end Thursday, predictions that temperature increases in the earth’s atmosphere and oceans would lead to more intense hurricanes are facing scrutiny from some “global warming” skeptics.

Perth’s rainfall at record low: Perth’s rainfall over the past 11 months has been at a record low. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Grahame Reader says 462 millimetres of rain fell in the city between January and November, which is almost 46% below the average of 846 millimetres. ABC Perth

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