Our warm­est win­ter on record

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Rhi­an­non Tuffield

Cli­mate change has led to Aus­tralia reg­is­ter­ing its warm­est win­ter on record, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Cli­mate Coun­cil re­port.

Data the in­de­pen­dent body re­leased this month showed av­er­age max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures in the win­ter months were nearly 2°C above av­er­age.

Cli­mate change made ‘‘ex­cep­tion­ally warm and

the dry’’ win­ter 60 times more likely, the Cli­mate Coun­cil said in a re­port.

The re­port found more than 260 heat and low rain­fall records were bro­ken dur­ing the win­ter months and said win­ter warm spells were start­ing to last longer, hap­pen more of­ten and be­come more in­tense.

Cli­mate coun­cil­lor and ecol­o­gist Les­ley Hughes said Aus­tralia’s hottest win­ter in his­tory was re­lated to wors­en­ing cli­mate change.

‘‘With­out any mean­ing­ful ac­tion to tackle cli­mate change, we will con­tinue to see many more hot win­ters, just like this, as global tem­per­a­tures rise,’’ she said.

‘‘The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in which the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to not only de­lay real ac­tion to re­duce emis­sions, but is ac­tively sup­port­ing fur­ther devel­op­ment of coal­fired power is sim­ply non­sen­si­cal.’’

The re­port also high­lights the hot and dry win­ter had led to an even ear­lier start to the bush­fire sea­son.

‘‘A hot and dry win­ter, such as the one we have just ex­pe­ri­enced has set the scene for dan­ger­ous bush­fire con­di­tions for many parts of Aus­tralia, es­pe­cially in the south­ern states,’’ Prof Hughes said.

‘‘The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment must end the cli­mate and en­ergy pol­icy dead­lock and con­tinue the tran­si­tion away from pol­lut­ing and ex­pen­sive fos­sil fu­els.’’

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