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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:22 AM

Humans play role in Australia’s “angry” hot summer

http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/news/humans-play-role-australia%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cangry%E2%80%9D-hot-summer
[font face=Serif][font size=5]Humans play role in Australia’s “angry” hot summer[/font]

27 June 2013

[font size=3]Human influences through global warming are likely to have played a role in Australia's recent “angry” hot summer, the hottest in Australia’s observational record, new research has found.

The research led by the University of Melbourne, has shown that global warming increased the chances of Australians experiencing record hot summers such as the summer of 2013, by more than five times.

Lead author, Dr Sophie Lewis from the University of Melbourne and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Systems Science said the study showed it was possible to say with more than 90 per cent confidence, that human influences on the atmosphere dramatically increased the likelihood of the extreme summer of 2013.

“Our research has shown that due to greenhouse gas emissions, these types of extreme summers will become even more frequent and more severe in the future,” she said.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/grl.50673

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