"We wouldn't have expected to reach the 400 ppm mark so early," David Etheridge, an atmospheric scientist in Melbourne, told the Guardian. "Even if we stopped emitting [CO2] now, we're committed to a lot of warming [in the future]."
If the threat of nuclear war inspired Australian storyteller Nevil Shute to pen "On The Beach" in the late 1950s, followed by the popular Hollywood movie of the same name in 1959, perhaps a Nevil Shute of climate change will arise somewhere in the world -- perhaps Australia -- to tell a similarly powerful story that might serve to wake up humanity.
"I have a country property in Victoria, just a small place, and water has become increasingly an issue up there. Again this year we aren't getting any rain. I've developed this habit of watching the rainfall on the Bureau of Meteorology website and I've been noticing over the years that the rain seems to be falling more and more over the water than land. I incorporated that idea and thought, 'If it stops raining on the land what would happen? What would be the worst thing that could possibly happen?''
''Watershed'' proposes a future climate change scenario that even the most pessimistic climatologist might hesitate to predict. The oceans haven't just risen, they've inundated, drowning the old world beneath ocean waves. You might say it's a Mad Max-esque literary thriller.