There’s nothing particularly new to the joint State of the Climate report from the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, more a reiteration of the fact that factors such as temperatures, sea levels and sea surface temperatures are tracking at a really pretty alarming rate.

As outlined in our story today, this is alarming:

Last year was the world’s 11th warmest year on record. The earth’s average surface temperature has increased by 0.8 degrees in the past century, while Australia warmed by 0.9 degrees.

This is alarming:

Sea levels rose seven to eleven millimetres per year since 1993 in the north and north-west of Australia, which is two to three times the global average. Rates across the central east and southern coasts have been mostly aligned with the global average.

And this is pretty alarming too:

…in 2011 the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere reached an 800,000-year high with 390 parts per million. Half of all carbon emissions stay in the atmosphere, while the rest are absorbed into oceans and land vegetation. The increase of CO2 in oceans accounts for a 30% increase in ocean acidity since pre-industrial times.

But possibly the most alarming aspect to the report is the fact that the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology still feel compelled to include this line at the end:

“CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology observations provide further evidence that climate change is real.”

Peter Fray

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