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Australia just had its warmest winter ever and that’s not a good thing

Australia’s Climate Council has released a new report which claims that we’ve just had the warmest winter on record.

Across the nation, the average maximum temperature was nearly 2 degrees above the winter average according to the report released on Tuesday.

The previous record was set in 2009, but 2017’s winter beat that by 0.3 degrees.

There are no prizes for guessing what is driving this increase in temperature: climate change.

Despite what people like U.S. President Donald Trump think, climate change is very real and the Climate Council report directly links Australia’s warm winter to its effects.

The report, titled “Hot and Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter” estimates that climate change makes an exceptionally warm and dry winter 60 times more likely and predict that these warm spells will continue to last longer and become more frequent and intense.

In total, more than 260 weather records were broken this year, including ones for high temperatures and low rainfall.

The Australian Government has some ‘splaining to do when it comes to climate change.

The Climate Council began its life as the Climate Commission in 2011, but Tony Abbott’s Government thought it would be a good idea to kill it in 2013. The same Tony Abbott who now opposes same-sex marriage.

Yep, he is not very bright and definitely on the wrong side of history.

Relaunching as the Climate Council the same year Abbott slayed it, the organization is an independent non-profit that aims to educate Australians about the dangers of climate change.

Current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull isn’t doing much better. He is a big fan of coal and even believes in the mythological “clean coal”.

Coal is a perfectly good energy source – for the nineteenth century. But now we have 21st-century problems we need new solutions. Which is why reducing emissions and looking to renewables makes so much sense.

In the short term, rising temperatures and dry weather in Australia can lead to increased risk of destructive and deadly bushfires, and worse food crops.

In the long term, temperatures growing in Oceania means nearby large chunks of ice will melt and sea levels will rise. When that happens, the world will probably wish it fought harder against climate change.

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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