Saturday, January 19, 2013

Crazy Hot

It's been hot here. Really hot. Yesterday was Canberra's hottest January day since records began in 1939 and it was the second hottest day ever on record with a high point of 41.6 degrees C (106.8 F). Sydney also set a new record for temperature with a peak of 45.7 degrees C (114.3 F). It's been so hot that the Bureau of Meteorology had to add a new color to its heat mapping index to represent temperatures above 50C (122 F)!

The fire danger rating for the ACT is at severe and while we're fortunate to have no active fires at the moment, many other parts of the country are facing devastating bushfires.

GetUp Australia put together this great infographic summarizing the most sobering facts about our warming planet and it's worth taking a moment to read.

According to the National Climate Data Centre, nine of the ten hottest years on record have been since 2000 (the other was 1998).  Globally it has now been 27 years since the world experienced a month that was colder than average. The last four months of 2012, globally, were the hottest on record and 2012 was the hottest year the continental US has ever recorded.

Want to read more?  Check out the Climate Commission's short report on climate science and extreme temperatures (pdf).

It's time we start having more serious conversations about the realities of climate change and more importantly, find the political will to take decisive action. If not for own comfort, than for the sake of our children's future well-being. 

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