The following are a wonderful set of climate myths that I am sure many of you have heard. Many thanks to Environment Victoria http://environmentvictoria.org.au for allowing me to share the whole set here. I appreciate this.
I think they are particularly relevant after yesterday’s news from the Bureau of Meteorology that confirmed 2014 was Australia’s third-warmest year since national records began. Temperatures across Australia were well above average for most of 2014.
2013 was Australia’s warmest year on record. Australia has recorded seven of its ten warmest years on record since 2002, so if you think the weather has been hotter, you are right.
“Since 1985, no year has recorded a below-average global mean temperature, & all of the world’s 10 warmest years have occurred since 1998, the Bureau’s report notes.”
“A difference of one or two degrees doesn’t sound like much, but it’s actually the difference between one climate zone & the next across Australia.” ~ Dr Karl Braganza, Climate Monitoring Manager, Bureau of Meteorology. http://ab.co/1xM5i2w
In 2014 –
- Australia experience six significant heatwaves.
- Spring was the warmest on record.
- Queensland experience six tropical cyclones & the driest years since the Depression in the late 1920s.
- However, North, West & Central Queensland experience severe flooding.
- Many of Australia’s major agricultural regions are experiencing worsening drought.
- NSW experienced its warmest year since records started being collected.
- It was the second-warmest year on record for Southern Australia as a whole with temperatures 1.28 °C above average.
- Sea surface temperatures are high around Australia “with all five years between 2010 & 2014 within the eight warmest on record.”
- “Below-average annual sea surface temperatures have not been observed for the Australian region since 1994.”
- “Australian-region sea surface temperatures have seen a total increase of approximately 1 °C since 1910, very similar to the increase in temperature over land.” For more information see the Bureau of Meteorology’s report here – http://bit.ly/1hjQNgA