6 April 2010


Two of Australia’s leading scientific agencies have come together to issue a report confirming that Australia has warmed significantly over the past 50 years, and stating categorically that "climate change is real".

The "State of the Climate" report produced by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Bureau of Meteorology shows that Australia's mean temperature has increased 0.7 degrees since 1960. The statement also finds average daily maximum temperatures have increased every decade for the past 50 years.

The report also found that the 2000s were Australia's warmest decade on record; that sea levels rose between 1.5 and three millimetres a year in Australia's south and east, and between seven and 10 millimetres in the north between 1993 and 2009; and that sea surface temperatures have risen 0.4 degrees since 1960.

The release of the report comes as many Australian scientists have expressed concern at attacks casting doubts on the scientific evidence demonstrating that global warming is man-made.

Bureau of Meteorology director Dr Greg Ayres said the trends in temperatures confirmed the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings showing human processes, such as burning fossil fuels, was the main cause of global warming.

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