Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why 2°C of global warming is much worse for Australia than 1.5°C

Australia is a land of extremes. We’ve experienced all manner of climate extremes over the past few years, from heatwaves (both on land and over the Great Barrier Reef), to droughts and flooding rains.
Fires in Blue Mountains Australia, October 22, 2013. 
We can already link some of these recent extreme events to climate change. But for others, the link is less clear.

So far we have had about 1°C of global warming above the average pre-industrial climate. So how will extreme weather events change with more warming in the future? Will they become more frequent? Will they become more severe?

We have investigated these questions in our new research, published today in Nature Climate Change.

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