Patrick Joseph Hartigan, writing in 1890 as Australian bush poet John O'Brien, when the country was in the grip of drought, wrote "Said Hanrahan."
Or four to break this drought,"If we don't get three inches, man,
We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,"
And the doomsayers have continued to this day.Before the year is out."
In 2007 the BBC predicted:
Scientists in the US have presented one of the most dramatic forecasts yet for the disappearance of Arctic sea ice.Their latest modelling studies indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years.
A month ago, the EU news site EurActiv.com published
Sea ice surface cover in the Arctic region plunged to a new record low of 24% last year, some 50% less than climate scientists at the UN’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had predicted.
"The arctic's all a meltin',
as this warming gets about,
We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"Before the year is out."
But wait! What a difference a month made. From the Toronto Post, we read: