Climate Change: Australia Forecasts Hotter Climate, Longer Bushfire Season

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By Jenille Cristy Maido | March 5, 2014 3:58 PM EST

Climate change has been blamed to play a crucial role in the summer's heat wave. The Australian report released on March 4 suggested the country will experience a longer bushfire season caused by the continual rising of greenhouse gases. This means a hotter weather with increased risks of extreme fire in bushlands.


An environmental activist places his hand on a giant globe in a rally demanding more action to battle climate change during the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw November 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) released a study supporting the impact of climate change recently affecting the country's weather. The report confirmed the climate in Australia significantly warmed by 0.9°C  since 1910.

Sea-level rise and ocean acidification were also foreseen. The amount of heat in the global oceans increased, presenting a rise in the global mean temperature by 0.85°C from 1880 to 2012. Also, the report cited global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and greenhouse gases at their highest levels since 800,000 years.

"Australia has one of the most variable climates in the world. Against this backdrop, across the decades, we're continuing to see increasing temperatures, warmer oceans, changes to when and where rain falls and higher sea levels," Megan Clark, a CSIRO executive, said in a report by Yahoo News AU.

The State of the Climate Report summarizes Australia's weather conditions and provides analysis of factors that contribute to the change, through its joint project by CSIRO and BoM. 

The increase in temperature brings potential droughts in the southern half of the country.

Dr. Jim Salinger, a New Zealand based climate scientist, said Australia continues to become ''burning, drying continent."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tony Abbott noted Dorothea Mackellar's poem, "My Country" to dismiss the weather situations connection with climate change.

''They are just part and parcel of life in Australia. Australia is, to use the famous phrase, a land of droughts and flooding rains." Abbot said in a report by The Guardian.

In a recent report regarding climate change, American billionaire Warren Buffett has appeared on CNBC channel's "Squawk Box" to comment about weather disasters, and its effects on the economy, specifically, the insurance businesses. Buffet said earthquakes in New Zealand were the biggest insurance problem, not climate change.

Climate Change is a major problem seen by environmental experts across the globe today. Wildfires, hurricanes and droughts have become more rampant, and many studies confirm of its truth.

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An environmental activist places his hand on a giant globe in a rally demanding more action to battle climate change during the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw November 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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