Australia’s Angry Summer – we all need to respond to this

We have not heard much recently about the climate change debate. We have been pre-occupied with the economic and social problems of Europe and the UK.

In Australia, where the economy is doing much better, the big issue is the exceptional adverse weather they have been experiencing. Government scientists have produced a report on The Angry Summer.

The graphics convey the scientists’ message starkly

AngrySummerAustralia

They argue that the climate has shifted

Angry Summer tempOf course the climate change deniers are apoplectic.

We should accept the evidence and take responsibility, the climate is changing and it is hostile change.

Human beings will not destroy the earth – but we are on track to make it a very uncomfortable place for us to live, the change is happening now. For our children? We are bequeathing them a world  fit only for far fewer people living a much more miserable life.

This report provides a summary of the extreme weather of the 2012/13 summer and the influence of climate change on such events.

Key facts:

  1. The Australian summer over 2012 and 2013 has been defined by extreme weather events across much of the continent, including record-breaking heat, severe bushfires, extreme rainfall and damaging flooding. Extreme heatwaves and catastrophic bushfire conditions during the Angry Summer were made worse by climate change.
  2. All weather, including extreme weather events is influenced by climate change. All extreme weather events are now occurring in a climate system that is warmer and moister than it was 50 years ago. This influences the nature, impact and intensity of extreme weather events.
  3. Australia’s Angry Summer shows that climate change is already adversely affecting Australians. The significant impacts of extreme weather on people, property, communities and the environment highlight the serious consequences of failing to adequately address climate change.
  4. It is highly likely that extreme hot weather will become even more frequent and severe in Australia and around the globe, over the coming decades. The decisions we make this decade will largely determine the severity of climate change and its influence on extreme events for our grandchildren.
  5. It is critical that we are aware of the influence of climate change on many types of extreme weather so that communities, emergency services and governments prepare for the risk of increasingly severe and frequent extreme weather

The report and graphics are available at

http://climatecommission.gov.au/report/the-angry-summer/

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4 Responses to Australia’s Angry Summer – we all need to respond to this

  1. Tourism providers appear disconnected to the impacts of climate change and bush fires in Australia. Denial, other priorities and low productivity contribute to a weak response to prevent and prepare for bush fires in rural regions. This discussion paper (link)recommends approaches to encourage greater operator participation http://www.icrtourism.com.au/bush-fire-risk-management-for-tourism

  2. Cutters says:

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  3. Chrystal Vonschriltz says:

    Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors that include oceanic processes (such as oceanic circulation), biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions, and human-induced alterations of the natural world.’

  4. The distribution curve or bell curve shift to the right is particularly telling, showing a significant reduction in cold extreme and increase in heat extreme temperatures.

    James Hansen the ex-NASA Climate scientist has used data from 1955 – 1999 on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx2WG291_7E that shows a similar bell curve projection with change over time.

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