It's not global warming, it's Australia!
Scientists caution against blaming global wamring for Australian wather
Scientists are cautioning people against jumping to conclusions and blaming the most recent series of heatwaves in Australia on climate change, saying that while such events may become more frequent, Australia has always had its share of very hot weather.
A brush fire rages near Hobart, on Jan. 3, creating this spectacular site for rural residents. Such events are expected to be more common in the decades to come.
Scientific consensus is strong, backing global warming as the cause of much of the world's increasingly extreme weather, however scientists say global warming is not just about hotter temperatures. More correctly, global warming is about extreme weather, brought about by the increased energy trapped in the Earth's atmosphere.
That means weather may be both hotter and colder, as the average temperature around the globe increases. Some places will see increased moisture in the form of rain, snow, or ice, and others will see drought.
However, scientists in Australia are pointing out that the continent is one of the world's driest and that heatwaves and brush fires have been endemic throughout all of Australia's modern history.
Dr. Scott Power, an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) member told the media about the heatwaves, "Extreme temperatures, heatwaves, bushfires - it's all part and parcel of living in Australia during summer, so that's nothing new. What climate change does is increase the likelihood of such events and also increases the intensity."
He continued, "So far in Australia we have seen warming of about 0.9C since 1910 and that's projected to go up . . . if emissions aren't brought down over coming decades."
"So these sorts of events will become increasingly more common and the temperature records that are set will tend to go up with each passing decade."
So while Australians can expect longer and hotter heatwaves, the necessary adjustment isn't severe. Australians are hardy folk, always facing such challenges living on one of the most inhospitable continents on the planet.
Global warming or not, tolerating heatwaves are just part of living in Australia.
© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Green News
- Fearsome beast once stalked Europe: New dinosaur identified
- Resident Evil: Extinction. 30,000-year-old giant virus revived from frozen Siberian tundra
- The world's getting hotter - in spite of reductions in global warming
- BAD PARENTING: Ants use their newborns as rafts in flood situations
- Powered by Google. Online monitoring system tracks global deforestation
- TOLD YOU SO: Human behavior now causing greatest mass extinction ever, and it's finally hitting you in the wallet
- Cereal giant Kellogg pledges only to use ethically supplied palm oil
- World's largest solar farm in Mojave Desert frying birds which flies over
- Source of Amazon River may be 57 miles longer than previously believed
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?