Australian climate on 'steroids' after hottest summer

Mar 04, 2013
A scrubfire burns on a hillside in the southern region of Australia's New South Wales state on January 11, 2013. Australia's weather went "on steroids" over a summer that saw an unprecedented heatwave, bushfires and floods, the climate chief said Monday, warning that global warming would only make things worse.

Australia's weather went "on steroids" over a summer that saw an unprecedented heatwave, bushfires and floods, the climate chief said Monday, warning that global warming would only make things worse.

The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed the three summer months ending February 28 were the hottest season ever recorded in Australia, leading the government's Climate Commission to label it the "Angry Summer" in a new report.

"The Australian summer over 2012 and 2013 has been defined by across much of the continent, including record-breaking heat, severe bushfires, and damaging flooding," the report said.

"Extreme heatwaves and catastrophic bushfire conditions during the 'Angry Summer' were made worse by climate change."

The agency's chief commissioner Tim Flannery said the summer had been one of extremes, and was in some ways like an athlete who improves their baseline performance by taking steroids.

Image provided by the New South Wales State Emergency Service shows floodwaters in the town of Lismore, in Australia's NSW state, on January 29, 2013. Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald brought extreme rainfall over the east coast to Queensland and New South Wales, resulting in severe flooding in many areas.

"The same thing is happening with our ," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"As it warms up we're getting fewer cold days and cold events and many, many more record hot events. So it is—in effect it's a climate on steroids is what we're seeing."

Australia experienced its hottest ever average national maximum temperature on January 7 of 40.30 degrees Celsius (104.5 Fahrenheit), while 44 sites, including Sydney and Hobart, recorded all-time in the summer.

The report said there have only been 21 days in 102 years where the average maximum temperature for the whole of Australia has exceeded 39 Celsius and eight of these happened in the summer just gone.

The Climate Commission said it was "highly likely" that extreme would become even more frequent and severe in Australia, and around the globe, over the coming decades.

In addition to the heatwave, Australia also experienced dangerous in several states, including , Victoria and Tasmania where more than 100 homes were lost in January.

Later that month, ex-tropical cyclone Oswald brought extreme rainfall over the east coast to Queensland and New South Wales, resulting in severe flooding in many areas.

Flannery said many communities, such as those in flood-prone parts of Queensland which were still recovering from an epic 2011 deluge, were experiencing a sense of exhaustion from dealing with weather events.

"And we're seeing the actual costs now of inaction, of global inaction to deal with this problem," he said.

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Sinister1811
2.9 / 5 (14) Mar 04, 2013
Unfortunately, like the US, the UK and Canada (and probably a few others) this is a country where denialism of this issue is running rampant. Despite the increases in fires, droughts, floods and heatwaves, there are people who still believe in conspiracy theories surrounding climate change, or that this has always been "normal". And those are (sadly) the majority. It would seem that, where I live, however, 40 degree summer days are now becoming the norm.

Just look at all of the stupid comments posted here:
http://news.ninem...steroids
Maggnus
3.9 / 5 (11) Mar 04, 2013
And those are (sadly) the majority.


Happily, recent surveys show this is not true. There is a misperception that arises from those who post to and/or read internet blogs and similar sites that so called "denialists" are in equal numbers or even greater than those who understand the gist of the science. In fact, the numbers skew strongly the other way; most people understand that human caused global warming is underway.

Take a look at Skeptical Science.com Sinister, there is room for hope.
Sinister1811
2.4 / 5 (11) Mar 04, 2013
Thanks, Maggnus. I'll take a look at that website. Perhaps, factual websites such as this can change the minds of those who are willfully ignorant. I think you could be correct, though. It could be that maybe climate change articles draw in more "denialists" because they don't understand that there's a problem and feel the need to voice their opinions openly about it (no matter how clueless), and that's what creates this illusion that there's more of them than there actually is.

Oh, by the way, skepticalscience.com seems to be down at the moment. No problem - I'll check back again later.
Jonseer
2.9 / 5 (12) Mar 05, 2013
Oh, by the way, skepticalscience.com seems to be down at the moment. No problem - I'll check back again later.


try bypassing the front page. I did and it worked for me.

http://www.skepti...ment.php

In regards to denialists, one thing science sites need to do is LOWER or ELIMINATE their tolerance for people posting the nonsense.

When people who truly don't know are looking for answers it lends credence to those idiotic notions in their eyes when they find them in abundance on scientific websites.

It's an unsaid assumption many have that if you allow it to take up space on your website then they must have a point.

The ONLY way to counter that sort of conventional assumption made by most people is to NOT allow it to take up space and delete it with prejudice.

So far though most sites allow the stupidity to stay up, and as a result many people looking for answers leave confused.

Not everyone is learned enough to know nonsense when they read it.
Steven_Anderson
2.2 / 5 (9) Mar 05, 2013
You really can't regulate the ability for people to post nonsense. If you start regulating then basically you are promoting a single opinion. However for each troll one needs to counteract those trolls with people who reply to the nonsense in a civilized way that promote scientific points of view.

On the matter of Austrailia, it looks like global warming will be the hardest on their country first. I think their country would be the first that would take the suggestion of Air Carbon Capture. It might be worth their investment of their billions for their component, although it wouldn't make that huge a dent without getting the top 10-15 carbon producers on board. Carbon capture is a very viable solution with today's technology. Also it was a study for Australia on the conversion of coal fire plants to LFTR nuclear reactors that got me to adapt the plan calculations to the US. http://rawcell.blogspot.com.
deepsand
2.8 / 5 (11) Mar 05, 2013
You really can't regulate the ability for people to post nonsense. If you start regulating then basically you are promoting a single opinion.

As a board moderator, I can safely say that not only can one regulate opinion that is contradicted by fact, but that such is necessary if the board is to serve as anything more than a venue for the venting of empty-headed ramblings.

While each is entitled to his own opinions, none is entitled to his own "facts," and it is not required that the former be given the standing that the latter deserve.

Maggnus
5 / 5 (6) Mar 05, 2013
As a board moderator, I can safely say that not only can one regulate opinion that is contradicted by fact, but that such is necessary if the board is to serve as anything more than a venue for the venting of empty-headed ramblings.

While each is entitled to his own opinions, none is entitled to his own "facts," and it is not required that the former be given the standing that the latter deserve.



Here, here! Also speaking as a board moderator, it is certainly possible to control the flood of rambling, empty headed posturing that is so rampant on some of these boards.

And Steven, counteracting trolls with civilized arguments only creates a feeding frenzy. The more evidence you provide them, the more entrenched they become. Their motto is clearly "damn the facts, full speed ahead!". The best policy is to not engage and instead point out the stupidity of their slogans and the conspiracy theory they cling to.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (9) Mar 06, 2013
And in other GW Alarmist NON News, parts of the world are suffering the coldest winter they ever had.
Maggnus
4.2 / 5 (5) Mar 06, 2013
And in other GW Alarmist NON News, parts of the world are suffering the coldest winter they ever had.


Ah the running troll, expousing all of the knowledge he has about climate. Ok, I`ll play wack-an-idiot with you. C'mon diqueweed, tell us why that is.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (8) Mar 06, 2013
How does one summer a climate make?
Maggnus
4.3 / 5 (6) Mar 06, 2013
Yep good old ryg, tossing in a random, unassociated comment. The bird is the word ryg.

Moronic imbecile.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (9) Mar 06, 2013
I was truly expecting MagganusTurd to recite the Alarmist Psalm of how global warming is responsible for the cold winters, but then insults is always the easier choice for his kind.
Maggnus
4.3 / 5 (6) Mar 06, 2013
Yep your expounding the depths of your idiocy is always entertaining to me!

Cause you know, all dem ALARMISTS all RECITING dem PSALMS and all dat! Dey all ALARMING us and stuff! Being all ALARMING bout dat WARMING and stuff! Making us all ASCARED and stuff!

Go brush your tooth sightless.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (8) Mar 06, 2013
What was the high temperature more than 150 years ago?
And one record summer weather is now 'climate'?
AGWites say climate doesn't even begin until 30 years have past.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Mar 06, 2013
Colder than the last ice age?

"parts of the world are suffering the coldest winter they ever had." - antigorical

You should write for the National Enquirer.

It probably pays better than the pittance you get to post lies here.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (9) Mar 06, 2013
The trademark of The Science Channel is "question everything".
Except, of course, AGW.
deepsand
3.2 / 5 (13) Mar 07, 2013
The trademark of The Science Channel is "question everything".
Except, of course, AGW.

When are you going to question your own thinking?
antigoracle
1 / 5 (10) Mar 07, 2013
The true rant of a fanatic. Take a pill MagganusTurd.
Let me assure you, you and your ilk do not have a monopoly on caring for the planet and polar bears.
Maggnus
4.3 / 5 (6) Mar 07, 2013
The true rant of a fanatic. Take a pill MagganusTurd.
Let me assure you, you and your ilk do not have a monopoly on caring for the planet and polar bears.


Aww look at him, being all philosophical and everything!

Cause, you know all dem ILKS all being all MONOPOLIZING and stuff! Caring fer dem POLAR BEARS an all!

Makes me want to give him a good scritch behind the ear. What a GOOD boy!
VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Mar 07, 2013
We all question RyggTard's sanity.

"The trademark of The Science Channel is "question everything"." - RyggTard

No one questions the reality of his chronic dishonesty.
deepsand
2.5 / 5 (11) Mar 07, 2013
The true rant of a fanatic. Take a pill MagganusTurd.
Let me assure you, you and your ilk do not have a monopoly on caring for the planet and polar bears.

The only thing that you, antigoracle, and your ilk might have a monopoly on is your egregious ignorance and irrationality, as continues to be more than amply displayed here.

Go away, and come back when you've some relevant knowledge and understanding of Science under your belt

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