Australia has just experienced its warmest 12 months since climate records began.
Data monitoring by the Bureau of Meteorology shows the average temperature throughout Australia in the year to August 31 was 1.11 degrees above the long-term average. (Note from Sou - that's the 1961-1990 average, which is warmer than preceding periods)
The nation's fourth-warmest spring on record morphed into the hottest summer on record. And now the seventh-warmest autumn has been followed by the third-warmest winter Australians have ever experienced.
In Victoria, it was the warmest winter on record, just pipping the winter of 2005.
In New South Wales, it was the second warmest, eclipsed only by the winter of 2009.
And across the nation, winter was 1.29 degrees warmer than the long-term average – defined as the years from 1961 to 1990 (which were themselves warmer than the first half of their century).Read the rest here in The Age.
And the dreadful thing is that we could be electing a government that is pretty well intent on making the climate worse, with a potential PM who doesn't care about climate change or global warming and has even said it's "crap". What to do? Let's just hope the Senate doesn't cave.