Report from the Climate Council
"The angry Summer: 2013/2014"
Over the 2013/2014 summer numerous extreme weather-related records were broken across Australia.
Heatwaves and hot days, drought and rainfall extremes (high and low), and bushfires dominated the 2013/2014 summer. For example:
• Sydney had its driest summer in twenty-seven years
• Canberra experienced 20 days of at least 35°C
• Melbourne experienced its hottest ever 24 hour period (average 35.5°C)
• Adelaide had a record of 11 days of 42°C or more during the summer
• Perth had its second hottest summer on record
Climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of many extreme weather events in Australia.
Many of our largest population centres stand out as being at increased risk from extreme weather events, including heatwaves, drought and bushfires.
The impacts of extreme weather events on people, property, communities and the environment are serious and costly.
Limiting the increase in extreme weather activity requires urgent and deep reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gases. The decisions we make this decade will largely determine the severity of climate change and its influence on extreme events for our grandchildren. This is the critical decade for action on climate change.
This report provides a summary of extreme weather conditions in the 2013/2014 summer, continuing the trend of hotter summers and more weather extremes in Australia.
To read the full report click here.
To watch Professor Tim Flannery explain his sacking and the Abbott government's attempted disbanding of the body, and how public donations have helped reboot the Climate Council as a completely independent scientific organisation, click here.
To read an early vintage report of the Adelaide Plains, and some of the South Mount Lofty Ranges, click here.
To read a report of the High Barossa bushfires, click here. For more images of what bushfires do to vineyards, click here.
To read a recent general vintage report, click here.
Check in tomorrow for my latest summary.