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CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology launch State of the Climate 2014

on Tuesday, 04 March 2014.

The State of the Climate is a bi-annual roundup from two of Australia's most respected scientific bodies – CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology – of the past, current, and future climate we're experiencing in Australia. The latest and third report in the series was released at the beginning of 2014, and tries to stay away from the politically charged question of why the climate is changing, and instead sticks to the measurable facts about how it is changing. The full report is available on the Bureau of Meteorology website http://csiro.au/Outcomes/Climate/Understanding/State-of-the-Climate-2014.aspx but the summary is reproduced below:-

"Data and analysis from the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO show further warming of the atmosphere and oceans in the Australian region, as is happening globally. This change is occurring against the background of high climate variability, but the signal is clear.

Air and ocean temperatures across Australia are now, on average, almost a degree Celsius warmer than they were in 1910, with most of the warming occurring since 1950. This warming has seen Australia experiencing more warm weather and extreme heat, and fewer cool extremes. There has been an increase in extreme fire weather, and a longer fire season, across large parts of Australia.

Rainfall averaged across all of Australia has slightly increased since 1900. Since 1970, there have been large increases in annual rainfall in the northwest and decreases in the southwest. Autumn and early winter rainfall has mostly been below average in the southeast since 1990"

The message is clear - whether you believe climate change is due to human activity or natural variation, the climate in Australia is changing, and firms should understand the nature of those changes and the ramifications to their business. It doesn't all have to be negative, changes also present opportunities, and CCR can help your business identify both the risks and opportunities presented by climate change, and produce a plan to address them. Talk to us today.