A new Australian climate change forecast predicts that the annual number of hot days down under may double in the next 75 years.
A forecast of the effects of climate change by Australian science agency CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology predicts temperature rises of up to 5.3 degrees celsius in inland Australia by 2090. Their projections are based on 40 global climate models and depend on how greatly greenhouse emissions are cut.
Here’s a glimpse of what Australia’s weather and environment will be like if climate change continues to go unchecked:
Inland towns such as Alice Springs will experience an average of 190 days a year over 35C. Currently only 94 days a year cross 35C
Hot, dry weather will result in a greater number of days with severe fire danger
There will be an increase in extreme rainfall
Sea levels will rise between 45cm to 82cm by 2090
Seas will warm by a further 2C to 4C, negatively impacting the entire marine system
Even a 1C rise can have severe implications for the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo reef
Droughts will be more extreme with lengths increasing by between 5% and 20%
Snow cover will decline as a result of substantial decreases in snowfall
Australia is one of the world’s worst per capita greenhouse gas emitters and is often accused of being ignorant toward the dangers of climate change. Australia’s climate will change tremendously if greenhouse pollution is not controlled, according to the report.