By Bill Frilay.
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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