Tim Flannery: Extreme Heat Wave Suggests A New Era In Climate Norms
Not only is the continent experiencing scorching temperatures, but it has fallen prey to numerous bushfires and been hit by Narelle—a Category 4 severe tropical storm. "There is no doubt, that climate change is playing a significant role in this," Flannery says. "If this was just one record-breaking event you might write it off as a statistical anomaly. But that’s not what we’re seeing. We’re seeing records falling around the world." As he notes in the article, these instances of extreme weather are taking place across the planet—and are indicative of new climate norms. As Australia's chief climate commissioner, his job is to convey this message to the public. And it's a message that resounds even louder when coupled with this kind of wild weather. Flannery's insights are eye-opening, but not deflating. His accessible keynotes not only show us the effects of our rapidly changing climate but also provide us with solutions to stabilize the environment and our economy.