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Carbon Tax Adds to Australia’s Climate Confusion – February 14, 2013

The fierce political debate over the country's carbon legislation has led to mixed messages and public mistrust in climate science

Sydney, Australia: Since the year began in Australia, bushfires have raged, heat records have been broken across the country, a cyclone devastated the north, and rivers have flooded. In early January, the heat waves were unprecedented, not only in their intensity but also in their duration and reach across large parts of the continent. Sydney recorded its hottest temperature ever at 114.44°F (45.8°C). The hot and dry conditions caused widespread bushfires, and destroyed more than one hundred homes in Tasmania. It got so hot that the country’s meteorology department extended Australia’s temperature range and added two new colors — purple and pink — to its weather map,


by: Jemma Williams

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