By Bill Frilay.

extreme floodsOn13 March 2012, the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology jointly released an updated State of the Climate Report (their previous one was two years ago).

The Report’s key findings were:

  • Climate change is continuing.
  • Warming has been measured around Australia and globally during recent decades.
  • 2010 Global temperatures were the warmest on record (slightly higher than 2005 and 1998).
  • Australia experienced record rainfalls and the coolest temperatures since 2001 due to a very strong La Niña event in 2010 and 2011.
  • Concentrations of long-lived greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new high in 2011.
  • Australian temperatures are projected to increase in coming decades.
  • Rising CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels has affected global temperature much more than natural climate variability during the past century.

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Photo Extreme Floods in Punjab Pakistan by United Nations Photo, flickr cc.
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