Australia data highest temperature in 62 years

A normal view of dried-up river beds and hills within the Pilbara area of Western Australia December 2, 2013. REUTERS/David Grey/File Photograph

SINGAPORE: One other day, one other warmth document.

Australian authorities warned individuals to remain indoors on Friday as a extreme heatwave alongside the northwestern coast pushed temperatures to a blistering 50.7 levels Celsius (123 levels Fahrenheit), hitting a excessive final seen 62 years in the past.

Local weather scientists and activists have raised alarm bells that international warming as a result of human-driven greenhouse fuel emissions, particularly from fossil fuels, is near spiralling uncontrolled.

The planet’s hottest years on document have all been inside the final decade, with 2021 being the sixth-hottest, knowledge from the U.S. Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed this week.

An iron ore mining area within the northwest, Australia’s Pilbara, the place temperatures hit the document excessive on Thursday, is understood for its sizzling and dry situations, with temperatures normally hovering within the higher thirties this time of yr.

Australia is among the world’s greatest carbon emitters per capita, however the authorities has refused to again down from its reliance on coal and different fossil gas industries, saying to take action would price jobs.

Scientists have discovered that rising temperatures can hit public well being and outside labour productiveness, leading to billions of {dollars} in financial losses.

Australia misplaced a median of A$10.3 billion ($7.48 billion) and 218 productive hours yearly within the final 20 years due to warmth, in response to a world examine printed this week by researchers at Duke College. These losses will solely deepen within the coming a long time because the world heads towards international warming of 1.5 levels above pre-industrial occasions, they warned.

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“These outcomes indicate that we do not have to attend for 1.5°C of worldwide warming to expertise impacts of local weather change on labour and the economic system … Extra future warming magnifies these impacts,” stated lead creator Luke Parsons.