Australia swelters through hottest summer on record

Over 200 extreme weather records have fallen after the country sweltered through the hottest summer on record, according to a new Climate Council report.

The Angriest Summer report shows the past three months were characterised by extreme weather events, record heat waves and bushfires across the length and bredth of the country.

“Every state experienced serious bushfires with properties lost in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania,” said Climate Councillor and former Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW, Greg Mullins.

“Climate change has lengthened bushfire seasons. In NSW, firefighters battled blazes for most of the year, while firefighters in WA, Qld and Tasmania experienced fires outside the normal fire season. This puts a great deal of pressure on fire fighters; we simply don’t have the resources for this new reality,” said Mr Mullins.

“In Queensland and Tasmania we have witnessed pristine rainforest, previously not prone to bushfires, suffering irreparable damage,” he said.

The report’s key findings include:

  • The Angriest Summer of 2018/19 was characterised by prolonged, continental-wide heatwaves and record hot days, bushfires throughout Australia, and heavy rainfall and flooding in northern Queensland.

  • In just 90 days, 206 records were broken around Australia.

  • The Angriest Summer was driven by greenhouse gas pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, like coal, oil and gas, and land clearing.

  • The window to effectively tackle climate change is rapidly closing but many of the solutions we need are already at hand.

The full report can be found here

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