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Australia Annual mean sea surface temperature anomalies 1910-2013

Australia Annual mean sea surface temperature anomalies 1910-2013

Annual mean sea surface temperature anomalies in the Australian region (compared with 1961–1990 average). The black line shows the 10-year moving average. Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology Annual Climate statement 2013, 3 January 2014.

Australia annual mean temperature Anomolies 1910-2013

Australia annual mean temperature Anomolies 1910-2013

Annual mean temperature anomalies for Australia (compared with 1961–1990 average). The black line shows the 10-year moving average. Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology Annual Climate statement 2013, 3 January 2014.

Australia had elevated sea surface temperatures for 2013

Australia had elevated sea surface temperatures for 2013

2013 (January–November data) sea surface temperatures around Australia compared to historical records. Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology Annual Climate statement 2013, 3 January 2014.

Australia sets new mean temperature record for 2013

Australia sets new mean temperature record for 2013

2013 annual mean temperatures compared to historical temperature records. Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology Annual Climate statement 2013, 3 January 2014.

Activists call for Westpac Bank to divest from Fossil Fuels

Activists call for Westpac Bank to divest from Fossil Fuels

COP19: Australia and Canada are leading the wreckers at Warsaw

WTF - Where is the Finance? COP19: Photo by Adopt a Negotiator / Flickr - Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 2.0)WTF - Where is the Finance? COP19: Photo by Adopt a Negotiator / Flickr - Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 2.0)By Ian McGregor, University of Technology, Sydney

Ian McGregor is reporting from the Warsaw Conference of Parties for The Conversation.

Australia’s and Canada’s extremely unusual action at CHOGM to deny developing nations any further climate funding has had strong negative repercussions here in Warsaw.

The other two developed Commonwealth countries, UK and New Zealand, agreed to including a statement in the final CHOGM text about the importance of climate finance. Australia and Canada decided to disassociate themselves from the statement. But providing much-needed climate finance between now and 2020 is a huge issue at Warsaw, particularly for many of the poorer developing countries.

COP19: Australia wins unprecedented fourth Fossil of the Day award for finance stance

Australia wins 4th Fossil Award COP19Australia wins 4th Fossil Award COP19While 30,000 people rallied for climate action in Melbourne, and an estimated 60,000 nationally at 130 events across Australia, it seems Australia has won an unprecedented fourth fossil of the day award in Warsaw for a statement that obligations for new, predictable and reliable finance from developed countries are “not realistic” and “not acceptable.”

As the citation points out, this amounts to "an attack on an important cornerstone of the UNFCCC." That developed countries due to their historic emissions have an obligation and commitment to provide funding for developing countries for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Australia: The Empty Chair at the Climate Change talks in Warsaw

Australian Environment Minister Greg HuntAustralian Environment Minister Greg HuntYesterday, I stood in the queues for COP registration, fumbling around in my bag for my passports. My phone was beeping with notifications from Twitter about the typhoon in the Philippines.

Australia: 2013 Hottest September on record

Australia: 2013 Hottest September on record

Map by BOM

Australian temperature anomaly 14 days to 10 September 2013

Australian temperature anomaly 14 days to 10 September 2013

Temperature map by Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

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