Last year these morons claimed Australia was in a permanent drought due to global warming. Now they say the rain is becoming more common due to global warming.
But Prof Steffen said there was evidence that extreme weather events appear to be increasing.
“We are getting more intense rainfall events as the earth warms, but it’s difficult to pin down any individual event,” he told AAP.
“Rainfall events like the type we’ve seen in Queensland are becoming more likely as the earth warms.
“There is a long-term warming trend with or without La Nina.”
The La Nina effect, the inverse of the drought-inducing El Nino effect, results in higher-than-average sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean leading to heavy rain.
Prof Steffen said he would produce an update on the science for the committee, as part of the Garnaut climate change review update, as well as write his own independent report.
He said there was no doubt that burning coal contributes to climate change and that the increasing burning of fossil fuels meant “we’ve now got a problem on our hands”.
Global reinsurer Munich Re says the high number of weather-related natural disasters and record temperatures around the world provide “further indications of advancing climate change”.