ONLY the best, the very best, of the settled science made it into The Critical Decade, in whose pages we find this reference to a recent dispatch from the hot front:
"While the instrumental record goes back little more than a century, not long enough to clearly discern multi-decadal patterns of variability that are repeatedon century timescales, palaeo studies could offer some insights into the severity of the recent drought in a longer time perspective. For example, a recent study (Gallant and Gergis 2011) states that the very low streamflow inthe River Murray for the 1998-2008 period is very rare – about a 1-in-1500 year event."
The author would be this Gallant – or Climate Ho Allie, as she is known in rap circles. Check her out at the 1:05 mark of the video, a’shouting and a’cursing and reaching out to taxpaying Australians who are, yo, down with the rap culture.
No word in The Critical Decade about how the lab bitch came up with that remarkable figure. (Hint: It has a lot to do with Balinese coral, New Zealand trees and lots of other floor sweepings from the modern science workshop.)
If Gallant keeps putting runs on the board at this rate she could even score a Churchill Fellowship.