Fresh climate warning after hottest September on record

AFTER the hottest September on record, the new Climate Council has warned Australia is breaking "all the wrong records" when it comes to the weather.

The council, created by former Climate Commissioners, says the rising number of tumbling hot-weather records has affirmed climate change is affecting the nation.

Climate scientist Will Steffen said 2013 had already brought the hottest day, the hottest January and the hottest summer in Australian weather records.

"This record-breaking September is just one of over 100 heat-related records already being broken this year," he said.

"Temperature records are broken from time to time in Australia, but it is the sheer number of records being broken that is really unusual."

Prof Steffen said the record-breaking hot September had come as last week's IPCC report confirmed more frequent and longer heatwaves and more extreme hot days were the result of climate change.

He said it was crucial that Australia reduced its greenhouse gas emissions in the faces of more severe weather in the future.

"It is important that the community understands the link between heat extremes and climate change," he said.

"Our efforts to reduce greenhouse gases today can reduce the risk of more and more severe extreme weather in the decades to come."

The Climate Council has already attracted nearly $1 million to support its operations, after the government axed the independent Climate Commission a fortnight ago.

Topics:  editors picks environment global warming science weather

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