The newly crowned (do you say crowned? and is he a republican?) Australian of the year Simon McKeon thinks that Climate Change (nee Anthropogenic Global Warming) has caused the winds to evaporate.
Mr McKeon is a famed sailor. In 1993 on his sailboat YPE he established the 500 metre world record. Although it was beaten in 2004 by a windsurfer, his record still stands for a C Class Cat.
McKeon, the recently appointed Chairman of Australia's CSIRO, therefore should know something about winds. The Age reported in 2008:
"In the last few years, that wind has … evaporated," Mr McKeon says.
This observation helped convince him to begin minimising carbon emissions.
He obviously hadn't studied this report:
Global warming increasing the dispersal of flora in Northern forests
As a result of stronger winds caused by global warming, seeds and pollen are being carried over longer distances. An increase in temperature of only a couple of degrees may increase the dispersal of plants in Northern forests and the spread of plant species into forest clearings after felling or forest fires.
and here's some-one else who hadn't read that report. The Jerusalem Post reports that
Photo by: Ophir Altstein/Hebrew University 'Many seed-bearing trees may become extinct'
On the other hand, the weakening of wind speed in certain areas should reduce spread rate of these trees.