Hottest summer ever? Yes it was, say experts

Western Sydney has just had its hottest summer on record and scientists say it is undoubtedly a result of human-induced climate change.
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But much of the heat has dissipated from debate on how to dampen the effects of climate change.

In Parramatta at least, a grass-roots conference of residents, activists, politicians and community groups has kept climate change on the agenda and will meet again next week.

“Climate change is here – that’s the word from climate scientists,” climate change activist Fred Fuentes said.

‘‘And it’s going to be worse for western Sydney.

‘‘The Climate Commission has shown that the number of hot days in western Sydney has increased by 60 per cent (since records started).

‘‘It’s critical that we act now, to reduce carbon emissions and replace fossil fuel-driven energy with sustainable, renewable forms.’’

Mr Fuentes said increasing temperatures in western Sydney were exacerbated by large islands of concrete and asphalt that absorbed and radiated heat from the sun.

‘‘The conference will be a crucial opportunity for those in Sydney who are concerned to stop the slide into runaway climate change to get together to discuss the way forward,’’ he said.

Speaking at the conference will be journalist and author Simon Butler, anti-coal seam gas activist Jess Moore, and Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

The advocacy group, Beyond Zero Emissions, will give a presentation on the possibility of powering the economy solely from renewable energy.

Details: The second annual Climate Change Social Change Conference, Parramatta Town Hall on Saturday, May 11.

■Summer 2012/13 was the hottest on record;

■Parramatta experienced its hottest temperature, of 45.5 on January 18;

■Australia’s average maximum temperature on January 14 was a record-breaking 40.33;

■In March the Climate Commission said there was a 500:1 chance the number of broken records was a natural event.

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