Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Angry Summer

Last week i listed some of Australia's extreme temperatures of the summer. In The Angry Summer, the Climate Commission detail the weather extremes we experienced. Here are just 23 of the 123 records set.

infographic displaying just 23 of the 123 records set during the 2012/13 Australian summer

As well as recording the extreme rainfall and flooding, heatwaves and bushfires, the report pointed out that climate change is already occuring, and is adversely affecting Australians. Also, that it is likely this will get worse (particularly if we don't do anything about it) and we should get ready for even more extreme weather in the years to come.

In the ABC news coverage, the Climate Commission describe it as the "climate on steroids". It's an accurate analogy - a whole new bunch of records being set, in ways that just aren't natural.

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