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Extreme Weather Set to Get Worse

Posted 11 years ago

Extreme Weather Set to Get WorseThe world is starting to feel the effects of climate change. Weather patterns are being disrupted all over the world. Australia is no different from the rest of the globe.

The country has been subjected to a string of calamities that can be attributed to climate change. There have been floods, bush fires and heat waves. Studies suggest that instead of dying down a bit, these disruptions in the weather are just bound to get even worse.

Here is a portion of an article by DAMIAN CARRINGTON for

“Climate change is making many extreme events worse in terms of their impacts on people, property, communities and the environment,” said climate commissioner professor Will Steffen. “We are very concerned that the risk of more frequent and more severe extreme weather events is increasing as we continue to emit more and more greenhouse gases.”

Chief commissioner, Tim Flannery, said: “Records are broken from time to time, but record-breaking weather is becoming more common as the climate shifts. Only strong preventative action, with deep and swift cuts in emissions this decade, can stabilise the climate and halt the trend towards more intense extreme weather.”

The report states that the number of record hot days in Australia has doubled since the 1960s, with the summer of 2012/2013 including the hottest summer, hottest month and hottest day on record. In a previous heatwave in south-eastern Australia in 2009, Melbourne experienced three consecutive days at or above 43°C in late January, the report notes, leading to 980 heat-related deaths, three times the average mortality. Hot records are now being broken three times more often than cold records, the report found.

You can read the full article here.

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