SYDNEY, Australia — Average temperatures in Sydney will rise by about 9 degrees during the next 65 years, with devastating consequences including 1,300 more heat-related deaths per year, according to a government study released Wednesday.
With Australia gripped by its worst drought on record, the issue of climate changehas emerged as a battleground in this year’s national elections. Prime Minister John Howard has come under renewed criticism for not ratifying the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, making Australia the only major industrial nation other than the U.S. to reject the treaty that mandates lower emissions of global-warming greenhouse gases.
Howard did not comment on the study, which was commissioned by New South Wales, the state that includes Sydney, Australia’s largest city.
But New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma called the report “frightening reading” and said the federal government “can no longer put its head in the sand on this issue.”Iemma is a member of the Labor Party, which is hoping to oust Howard’s conservative coalition in elections later this year.
Summer temps could rise 13 degrees
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia’s main scientific group, said average annual temperatures in Sydney will rise from the current 78.8 to around 88 by 2070.
Meanwhile, back in the real world – outside of James Hansen’s psychotic brain.
11 APR 2012
Sydney feels big chill
North shore residents endured a chilling vision of the winter to come this week, with reports claiming temperatures have dropped to an 80 year low over the past two days.
According to weatherzone.com.au, temperatures recorded this morning and yesterday morning are the coldest to be recorded this early in the year since 1933.