RAPID REACTION: State of the Climate 2012 – experts respond

Thu Mar 15, 2012

Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station

On March 14, 2012, the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology released State of the Climate 2012, an update of their 2010 report.

-The paper is available online here.

-There is a CSIRO media release, with a link to images/audio/video available here.

Below experts respond.

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Professor Will Steffen is Director of the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute

“This statement is an excellent summary of our current understanding of the changing climate in Australia in the global context. It leaves no doubt that the Earth is warming and that human emissions of greenhouse gases are very likely the main cause of the warming observed since the mid-20th century.”


Professor Dave Griggs is the CEO of ClimateWorks Australia and Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute at Monash University

Nothing in the report surprised me because it confirms conclusions from the IPCC and other reports and reinforces that Australia is not immune from climate change. In fact temperatures in Australia have increased by nearly 1C in the last 100 years.”


Professor Nathan Bindoff is Climate Futures Program Leader with the Antarctic Climate Ecosystem Cooperative Research Centre and Climate Change and Ocean Processes Program Leader at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

“This brief synopsis covers most of the underlying facts about the warming of the earth and the Australian region. It is clear, and brings to the public some of the amazing facts about the warming of the globe and Australian region.

A great example is the rising carbon dioxide levels and the corresponding decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. Proof of the burning of carbon (ie coal) producing carbon dioxide, and consuming atmospheric oxygen.

Global and Australian region temperatures have increased on the long term, but the recent flattening of temperature increases over the last decade has not been seen in either the global average ocean heat content or sea level. This nicely illustrates the point that surface temperature and other climate indices do have internal variability, that can mask the short term trends, and that it is necessary in assessing climate change to include a range of important climate variables like ocean heat content and sea level.  A good read.”