Climate change looms large as Australia swelters

Jan 7, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: New Scientist

Australia is baking in a record-breaking " dome of heat ", threatening to unleash the worst firestorms since those that claimed hundreds of lives in 2009 .

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21 - 40 of 138 Comments Last updated Jan 20, 2013

Since: Apr 11

Roma, QLD

#23 Jan 8, 2013
Funny thing is, out Roma we are used to 40+ days during summer, but it's been quite nice the last week, around mid to high 30's.

One little bit of heat and all the chicken littles come out trying to pretend we used to be a winter wonderland in years gone by.
Anglo-Saxon-Celt

Sydney, Australia

#24 Jan 8, 2013
tinydropthestickgooddog wrote:
2000-2009 - hottest decade on record !
So?
Becky

Taiyuan, China

#25 Jan 8, 2013
You're all morons. You didn't believe the scientists and now you don't believe the evidence in front of your own eyes.
NT Lad

Australia

#26 Jan 8, 2013
Quite pleasant up here in the Territory

Since: Apr 11

Roma, QLD

#27 Jan 8, 2013
Becky wrote:
You're all morons. You didn't believe the scientists and now you don't believe the evidence in front of your own eyes.
Australia is a desert and has weather extremes, you aren't in Europe, this isn't evidence of climate change, it's called "summer" you nob

“shirley you cant be serious ”

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#28 Jan 8, 2013
Anglo-Saxon-Celt wrote:
<quoted text>
So?
evidence of a warming planet - non ?

“shirley you cant be serious ”

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#29 Jan 8, 2013
A United Nations report says the world's permafrost is beginning to thaw, bringing with it the threat of a big increase in global warming by 2100.
Permafrost is a deep layer of frozen soil covering about a quarter of landmass in the northern hemisphere, and is thought to contain twice the amount of carbon already in the atmosphere.
A global temperature increase of 3°C means a 6°C increase in the Arctic, resulting in anywhere between 30 to 85 per cent loss of near-surface permafrost. Such widespread permafrost degradation will permanently change local hydrology, increasing the frequency of fire and erosion disturbances.
Damage to critical infrastructure, such as buildings and roads, will incur significant social and economic costs.
If the permafrost thaws, the organic matter will thaw and decay, potentially releasing large amounts of CO2 and methane into the atmosphere.
Thawing permafrost could emit 43 to 135 Gt of CO2 equivalent by 2100 and 246 to 415 Gt of CO2 equivalent by 2200.
UN report into permafrost thaw
An accelerating melt would free vast amounts of carbon dioxide and methane which has been trapped in organic matter in the subsoil, often for thousands of years.
In the report released at climate talks in Qatar, the UN Environment Program warned that the thaw could accelerate global warming.
The report says that warming permafrost could release the equivalent of between 43 and 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, by 2100, up to 39 per cent of annual emissions from human sources.
Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate Systems Science at the University of New South Wales, says the thaw could also release large amounts of methane.
"Permafrost stores carbon dioxide, but it also has lots of little microbes in it and lots of organic matter," he said.
"And when that organic matter isn't frozen any more, it gets broken down by microbes in the soil and under certain circumstances that breakdown process releases a lot of methane."
Anglo-Saxon-Celt

Sydney, Australia

#30 Jan 8, 2013
tinydropthestickgooddog wrote:
<quoted text>
evidence of a warming planet - non ?
No.
sid

Brisbane, Australia

#31 Jan 8, 2013
Becky wrote:
You're all morons. You didn't believe the scientists and now you don't believe the evidence in front of your own eyes.
We live such a short time compared to the history of earth that what we see infront of our face may only be part of a cycle within a cycle within a cycle and be quite normal, who knows, recorded history is only a speck of sand..
Do a search on these words,“the earth is heating up”, 6,580,000 hits, then do a search on these words,“ the earth is not heating up, 6,190,000 hits, now do a search for “climate change is real, 188,000,000 hits, then search,“ climate change is not real” 159,000,000 hits.
You've got close enough to 50/50 division in scientific circles, how are us lay fools supposed to decide when the so called experts are fighting with each other. One thing is for sure about climate change is that if changes need to be made but it upsets the military, industrial, pharmaceutical complex it's going to be opposed with the full force of their power and money until it's possibly too late. Having said that, it does seem bloody hot today.
Becky

Yangzhou, China

#32 Jan 8, 2013
Australian Bigot wrote:
<quoted text>
Australia is a desert and has weather extremes, you aren't in Europe, this isn't evidence of climate change, it's called "summer" you nob
So Sydney and Wollongong (plus 42 degrees) are in a desert??? You've never been there, have you?

Since: Apr 11

Roma, QLD

#33 Jan 8, 2013
tinydropthestickgooddog wrote:
A United Nations report says the world's permafrost is beginning to thaw, bringing with it the threat of a big increase in global warming by 2100.
Permafrost is a deep layer of frozen soil covering about a quarter of landmass in the northern hemisphere, and is thought to contain twice the amount of carbon already in the atmosphere.
A global temperature increase of 3°C means a 6°C increase in the Arctic, resulting in anywhere between 30 to 85 per cent loss of near-surface permafrost. Such widespread permafrost degradation will permanently change local hydrology, increasing the frequency of fire and erosion disturbances.
Damage to critical infrastructure, such as buildings and roads, will incur significant social and economic costs.
If the permafrost thaws, the organic matter will thaw and decay, potentially releasing large amounts of CO2 and methane into the atmosphere.
Thawing permafrost could emit 43 to 135 Gt of CO2 equivalent by 2100 and 246 to 415 Gt of CO2 equivalent by 2200.
UN report into permafrost thaw
An accelerating melt would free vast amounts of carbon dioxide and methane which has been trapped in organic matter in the subsoil, often for thousands of years.
In the report released at climate talks in Qatar, the UN Environment Program warned that the thaw could accelerate global warming.
The report says that warming permafrost could release the equivalent of between 43 and 135 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, by 2100, up to 39 per cent of annual emissions from human sources.
Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate Systems Science at the University of New South Wales, says the thaw could also release large amounts of methane.
"Permafrost stores carbon dioxide, but it also has lots of little microbes in it and lots of organic matter," he said.
"And when that organic matter isn't frozen any more, it gets broken down by microbes in the soil and under certain circumstances that breakdown process releases a lot of methane."
The UN are global communists intent on one world government climate change is nothing but the fear behind their push for worldwide wealth redistribution, they also said there was going to be millions of climate refugees by 2010.
The Fixers

Anonymous Proxy

#34 Jan 8, 2013
NT Lad wrote:
Quite pleasant up here in the Territory
NT Lad Adelaide, Australia are you The real ADELAIDEAN hiding up here in the Territory?
The Fixers

Anonymous Proxy

#35 Jan 8, 2013
Australian Bigot wrote:
<quoted text>
The UN are global communists intent on one world government climate change is nothing but the fear behind their push for worldwide wealth redistribution, they also said there was going to be millions of climate refugees by 2010.
Muppet.

Publish, publish Ade SCATAPOO's #201.
Raiderpete

Australia

#36 Jan 8, 2013
_0rion_ wrote:
<quoted text>
Can't you handle the heat?
And no I wasn't, Last time it got proper hot here was 4 years ago.
We're heading for 48 later in the week they tell me, that should be nice.
haha u have no idea. Have humidity here (north queensland ) which puts the heat index up more. Temperatures will hit above 50 in south Australia later this week and next week by the looks.

“shirley you cant be serious ”

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#37 Jan 8, 2013
Anglo-Saxon-Celt wrote:
<quoted text>
No.
au contraire - oui !
The Fixers

Anonymous Proxy

#38 Jan 8, 2013
sid wrote:
<quoted text>
We live such a short time compared to the history of earth that what we see infront of our face may only be part of a cycle within a cycle within a cycle and be quite normal, who knows, recorded history is only a speck of sand..
Do a search on these words,“the earth is heating up”, 6,580,000 hits, then do a search on these words,“ the earth is not heating up, 6,190,000 hits, now do a search for “climate change is real, 188,000,000 hits, then search,“ climate change is not real” 159,000,000 hits.
You've got close enough to 50/50 division in scientific circles, how are us lay fools supposed to decide when the so called experts are fighting with each other. One thing is for sure about climate change is that if changes need to be made but it upsets the military, industrial, pharmaceutical complex it's going to be opposed with the full force of their power and money until it's possibly too late. Having said that, it does seem bloody hot today.
It will get hotter as the day progresses for you dalit Uncle senile sid coward porn star.

Since: Apr 11

Roma, QLD

#39 Jan 8, 2013
Becky wrote:
<quoted text>So Sydney and Wollongong (plus 42 degrees) are in a desert??? You've never been there, have you?
You've obviously never been to Australia, these temperatures are normally reached by the entirety of the country every summer, this year is like 0.2 of a degree higher in a NATIONAL average than previous years, that's not global warming. That's just summer in Australia, we've had 3 cooler years before hand due to a certain weather pattern, we are now back to a basic hot, bush fire summer.

Since: Apr 11

Roma, QLD

#40 Jan 8, 2013
The Fixers wrote:
<quoted text>Muppet.

Publish, publish Ade SCATAPOO's #201.
ILY #207
Raiderpete

Australia

#41 Jan 8, 2013
That is the biggest load of rubbish I've heard in a long time. Haarp and their chemtrails stupididity is nothing but a stupid theory The chemicals must have edfected their brains
Anglo-Saxon-Celt wrote:
<quoted text>
It looks like this summer has been geo-engineered.
In november and december there were so many days where the weather man said it was going to rain but it didnt. That was due to the chemical spraying above the rain clouds. I reckon they've been gearing up for this summer so they can hit us with a heatwave.
Its just the elites way of saying "Australia you have pissed us off so here cop this!"
Look what they did to japan. And that was for not becoming a multicultural country.
Raiderpete

Australia

#42 Jan 8, 2013
7 day forecasts will never be as accurate as a 2 to 3 day forecast
_0rion_ wrote:
<quoted text>
Lol, Im not sure I agree with your reasons for it, but from about late October through until now one thing I did notice was the 7 day forecasts quite often said rain was coming in 6 or 7 days time, then as it got to 3 or 4 days out it changed to chance of rain, then in the 24 / 48 hr forecast, which is usually spot on from the BOM, cloudy with little or no rain.
And they were right, cloudy with little or no rain.

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