Somewhat enigmatically, the latest climate report was launched and the day came and went with very little reporting or commentary on the report's contents. Even the minister herself took the position that "it shows what we already knew, to some degree – that extreme weather events are getting worse, our country is getting hotter and dryer, and when it does rain, the rain is more extreme."
AND YET - CONCENTRATIONS OF ALL THE MAJOR LONG-LIVED GREENHOUSE GASES IN THE ATMOSPHERE CONTINUE TO INCREASE, WITH GLOBAL ANNUAL MEAN GREENHOUSE GASES REACHING 516 PPM. THESE ARE THE HIGHEST LEVELS ON EARTH IN AT LEAST TWO MILLION YEARS.
Given this minister is actually known to give a toss about climate change, it's interestesting that we we seem to have passed 1.5°C warming (since 1910) and the fact has rolled on past like tumbleweed (or these days, more likely, micro-fibre.)
Australia’s climate has warmed by an average of 1.47 ± 0.24 °C since national records began in 1910 and:
Read the report. Ed Husic's comments pretty much sum it up - and we know what to do:
"IT IS DIFFICULT READING, IN LARGE PART, SEEING THE LONGER-TERM TREND LINES ABOUT WHAT WE’RE WITNESSING WITH RESPECT TO THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE CLIMATE.
AS HAS BEEN REMARKED BY OTHER PEOPLE, PARENTS DON’T LEAVE THE CLIMATE TO THEIR CHILDREN; THEY BORROW IT FROM THEM. THIS GIVES US A NEW PERSPECTIVE TO THINK ABOUT THE TYPES OF THINGS WE CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE."