Heatwaves and bushfires perdicted to hammer NSW, Australia

May 15, 2012 AUSTRALIA The Climate Commission has released a report predicting record heat-waves, bushfires and rising sea levels in New South Wales because of climate change. The report says the temperature in Sydney tops 35 degrees on just three days a year, but based on climate modeling, it will be 14 days per year by the end of the century. Federal Climate Commissioner Professor Lesley Hughes says western Sydney is getting disproportionally hotter and drier than the rest of Sydney. “If we compare western Sydney with the rest of Sydney, the number of hot days in western Sydney used to be three times as many as eastern Sydney, and now it’s four times,” she said. “So what we are seeing is not only rising temperatures but some parts of the country are getting disproportionally hotter.” The report, part of the Commission’s series titled “The Critical Decade”, predicts by century’s end that sea-levels will rise by 1.1 meters, putting more than 40,000 New South Wales homes and 250 kilometers of highway at risk. Particularly vulnerable areas include Lake Macquarie and Wollongong. Professor Hughes says there will also be more bushfires. “The number of very high fire danger days could increase by over 20 per cent by 2020, by up to 70 per cent by 2070,” she said. Chief climate commissioner Tim Flannery says some of the negative impacts of warmer weather in Sydney’s west are not immediately obvious. “What happens when we get these very, very hot days is that elderly people and the very young particularly are vulnerable and people get a little bit confused because they’re heat stressed,” he said. But Professor Hughes does say New South Wales is well-placed to capitalise on the trend towards clean energy, citing the state’s uptake of solar panels. A climate scientist with the University of Newcastle, Stewart Franks, has questioned the tone of the report, saying it tends towards scare mongering. “The whole thrust of the report is what the climate’s going to be, going into the future,” he said. “Now unfortunately, we know that the climate models that are used to actually do that job actually don’t represent key modes of climate which are very important. I’m thinking specifically things like El Nino and La Nina.” Professor Tim Flannery says the report is not political. “The job is to provide the best quality information we can from a scientific perspective,” he said. Greens Senator Christine Milne says the climate science is clear. “Every report that comes out anywhere in the world has shown that climate change is accelerating,” she says. –Yahoo 7 News
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11 Responses to Heatwaves and bushfires perdicted to hammer NSW, Australia

  1. Carla Burgers says:

    Tim Flannery ? Isn’t he the professor who predicted that Sydney would be a dustbowl soon! And how wrong has he been for the past years with all the flooding !


    • nickk0 says:

      He may be still right, “in the long term”.
      Flash floods will contribute substantially to erosion and wash topsoil away.


  2. Funcotech says:

    Greens Senator Christine Milne says the climate science is clear. “Every report that comes out anywhere in the world has shown that climate change is accelerating,”. What a preposterously, stupidly false claim!


  3. and Christine Milne is the new Greens / red leader, pro abortion, pro gay marraige anti logging anti industry, anti mining – for all intents and purposes she has put – or wants to put – a Closed for business sign around the entire Australian continent.


  4. Bone Idle says:

    Carbon tax is due in six weeks. The Government needs all the propaganda available to justify it.


  5. AWM says:

    Oh yes, the “Global Warming” “Climate Change” crowd hard at work. “Just a few billion more in grant money”, he probably said, “then everything will be fine!”
    Continental sinking/tilting but no, it’s all due to rising sea levels caused by man’s machinery or dino farts. The longer the truth is discarded, the harder/greater the carnage.
    I was one of the first to say they won’t let go of all this “Climate Change” money, not because of some leaked emails. A few scapegoats, and on with the class warfare, against those least equipped to defend themselves.
    Yes, climate change is accerlerating, that’s for sure, but solar panels will do nothing to influence it.
    Anxiously waiting on the next great suggestion from these “experts”.


  6. Joal says:

    All their models are wrong. They are peddling fraud to further an agenda to reshape society.


  7. Already there are brush fires in the US Southwest, mostly in Colorado. I had to evacuate my New Mexico home last summer for three weeks. It was our second big evacuation. This summer again?


  8. Emanni says:

    Worldwide: April Sizzles as La Niña Fizzles

    An informative video in the article.

    The waning influence of La Niña helped April 2012 to become the fifth warmest April worldwide in 133 years of recordkeeping, and the warmest April on record in the Northern Hemisphere, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.


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