Climate change: Global temperatures continue to rise

Font Size:

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and CSIRO’s biennial State of the Climate report shows that since reliable surface air temperature records began in 1880, last year was the warmest on record for the globe. With records showing that Australia has warmed 1°C since 1910, it comes as no surprise that that, globally, 15 of the last 16 years have been the warmest ever recorded.

The report also revealed that, since 1970, the rainfall in the south-west of Australia decreased by around 19 per cent, while rainfall across parts of northern Australia increased. The key results to come out of this year’s report are that, since 1970, the duration, intensity and frequency of extreme heat events has increased all across large parts of Australia.

Australia is already feeling the effects of climate change, with ocean temperatures causing the loss of large parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists and the BOM’s Dr Braganza agree that every country needs to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and lower their CO2 emissions. Dr Braganza believes that, even if this direct action occurred today, there would still be more warming over the next few decades.

Are you worried about how we are leaving the planet for future generations? Would you comply with extreme energy and fuel restrictions if implemented?



Climate change: “we’re not winning the battle”

Scientists say we're fighting a losing battle against climate change.

Will Australia go coal-free?

Australia's new chief scientist is advocating the end of coal-fired power.

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).


Sign-up to the YourLifeChoices Enewsletter

continue reading

Health Insurance

Ageing baby boomers are missing out on health cover savings

Most older Australians see their health insurance premiums rise every year but don’t realise these high costs can be for...

Travel News

Vaccination no guarantee of open borders, says health minister

Australia's international border could remain closed even after the vaccination rollout is complete, according to health minister Greg Hunt. Mr...


The 'risk' of letting your grey hair grow out

At what point do you stop dyeing your hair and allow the grey to grow out? Is it after you...


Five running shoes reviewed

With the cooler weather, autumn and winter are arguably the best seasons to run in Australia, so it might be...


How large is Rupert Murdoch's reach in Australian media?

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd's petition to establish a royal commission into media diversity in Australia attracted more than half...


Coronary heart disease is the biggest killer of women worldwide

Heart attacks are still often seen as a 'male health' issue, yet coronary heart disease - which is the main...


Another vaccine ruled out as second blood clot case emerges

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has announced that a second case of blood clots is believed to be linked to...

Superannuation News

Super funds fight for changes to reforms

Your Super, Your Future legislation will be enacted within three months and leading players are weighing in on the impact...