From today’s WA Today:
The average global temperature, for night and day, is now 19 degrees, up from 14 degrees at the turn of the 20th century.
The best scientific estimates suggest that the last time it was this hot was during the Eocene, more than 30 million years ago, and long before humans turned up. Back then, temperatures rose gradually over many thousands of years. We’ve watched it happen in 100.
What is life like? Australia is both unrecognisable and strangely familiar. In the south-east, where the population is increasingly concentrated, it is hot and dry. If the average day is warmer, the warmest days are that much hotter again. Daily temperatures above 35 degrees are more frequent: there are twice as many of these scorchers in Sydney and Melbourne than a century ago.
The interactive graph (screen capped above) is worth having a look at.
In the last few months scientists and the media have been more forth coming on what many have known for some time – we are not going to restrict warming to 2 degrees. Four – even six – degrees of warming is likley.
It is even sinking in for the Murdoch press, for so long a bastion of denial.
The Australian – yes, the Murdoch paper that has waged war on science – is starting it appreciate just what is about to happen:
CLIMATE change is real. The earth is warming and the outlook is worse than scientists had previously assessed. These are the findings of a set of reports released ahead of a UN climate change conference held in Doha, Qatar, this week.
They are not reports prepared by groups committed to the destruction of global capitalism, unless you believe this is the agenda of the World Bank and the World Meteorological Organisation.