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Climate Change in the Australian Context (explained)

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Climate Change in Australia. AR5 SYR FINAL All Topics. Two charts that show how Australia's climate is changing. As Fairfax reported, new research by the ARC Centre of Climate System Science shows how days of heat extreme heat since 2000 now outnumber cold ones by a ratio of 12 to one.

Two charts that show how Australia's climate is changing

Taking the past 15 years as a single period, almost all of the country has had above-average to highest-on-record temperatures compared with any other 15-year stretch, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The rainfall over the 2000-14 period helps to explain why much of the Northern Territory missed out on the warmer temperatures. As shown below, the middle third of Australia - where relatively few people live - has been wetter than most other rolling 15-year periods: The extra moisture means more evaporative cooling, and hence the milder temperatures over parts of the interior, one climatologist said. Perhaps of more impact has been the record-low rainfall along the western edge of the country, which is also showing up in a sharp drop in water run-off into reservoirs in that region.

Department of the Environment, Australian Government. It's Official: Australian Carbon Tax Scrapped. The Australian carbon tax scrapped: the carbon tax was repealed in Canberra this morning after Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Coalition government managed to procure enough votes to push the repeal through the Senate.

It's Official: Australian Carbon Tax Scrapped

The carbon tax repeal was won by seven votes, with the final tally reading 39 to 32, and was made possible with the help of the support of the Palmer United Party as well as other marginal seats in the senate. It was the Coalitions third attempt to have the carbon tax scrapped, with both the Labour party and the Greens voting against the repeal each time. Mr Abbott held a press conference following the vote in order to express his relief that the tax was repealed. “With the carbon tax gone, goes also a 9% impost on the price of power, a 9 billion a year hand break on our economy and a $550 a year hit on our household budgets”.

Opposition Backlash to Carbon Tax Repeal. Australia's IPA Think Tank Adds Coal Lobbying To Its Climate Science Denial. The Institute of Pubic Affairs holds the unofficial and dubious title of being Australia’s leading climate science denial organisation.

Australia's IPA Think Tank Adds Coal Lobbying To Its Climate Science Denial

The so-called “think tank”, based in Melbourne, promotes fringe views on climate science from non-experts while attacking renewable energy. Now if you were a coal company, you’d be concerned how for many decades scientists have linked the burning of your product to climate change. You might be worried too that investment in renewable energy is going through the roof while the cost of power from aforementioned renewables is going in the opposite direction.

A short-sighted coal company might decide to start launching critiques of the science of climate change and start having a crack at renewables while at the same time selling its product as some sort of silver bullet that can solve global poverty with a single well-aimed shot. The report’s headline figure focuses on the huge coal reserves in Queensland’s as-yet-untapped Galilee Basin. Climate change: Australia sets new emissions target. Australia plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by between 26% and 28% below 2005 levels by 2030, PM Tony Abbott has said.

Climate change: Australia sets new emissions target

It is less than cuts pledged by countries such as Canada and the US. Australia's previous target was to cut emissions by 5% by 2020, based on emissions in 2000. The announcement comes ahead of a key international meeting in Paris in December to agree on a new global climate strategy. Australia is still largely powered by carbon-polluting coal and is one of the world's biggest coal exporters.

Mr Abbott said Australia had to protect economic growth at the same time as it reduced emissions. "It is very much that everything we do has this in mind: how do we promote jobs and growth... and climate change policy is no different," he said at a press conference in Canberra. "We have to reduce our emissions... but in ways that are consistent with continued strong growth.

" 'Vastly inadequate' How does Australia compare to other countries? Climate change and variability. The period from 11 to 17 July 2015 saw a sequence of strong cold fronts affect eastern Australia.

Climate change and variability

The most significant feature of this sequence was the occurrence of widespread snow outside of the Alpine region of southeastern Australia, extending along the Great Dividing Range from west of Sydney to the Granite Belt in southern Queensland. While few notable temperature extremes were observed during the period, the extent and depth of snow was remarkable by recent decades and resulted in disruptions at several major centres.