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https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/26/australia/australia-heat-wave-intl-wxc/index.html

Australia suffers extreme heat wave up to 14 C above average
By James Griffiths, CNN

Australians are suffering a brutal post-Christmas heatwave, with temperatures in most parts of the country's southeast up to 14 degrees Celsius (24 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the average for this time of year.

Some areas of the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia had temperatures above 40 C (104 F) on Thursday -- the fourth day in a row.
Extreme and severe fire warnings have been issued for parts of South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

"The cause of the heat is a dome of high pressure settling in over much of the continent over the past few days," CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.

"In addition to the sweltering temperatures, there is an enhanced fire risk in Victoria, with total fire bans declared for Thursday in the Mallee and Wimmera regions. South Australia has bans in place in 10 areas including the Mount Lofty Ranges and Yorke Peninsula. Western Australia has total fire bans in 13 districts, where temperatures are expected to exceed 45 C in parts."

Australians are suffering a brutal post-Christmas heatwave, with temperatures in most parts of the country's southeast up to 14 degrees Celsius (24 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the average for this time of year.

Some areas of the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia had temperatures above 40 C (104 F) on Thursday -- the fourth day in a row.
Extreme and severe fire warnings have been issued for parts of South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
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Sydney endured its hottest temperature in nearly 80 years in January 2018, with the mercury rising to 47.3 C (117.14 F) -- just half a degree off the all-time recorded high of 47.8 C (118.04 F) in 1939.
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Even as Australia has suffered the effects of ongoing climate change, the government drags its feet on crafting a comprehensive environmental policy.

Despite a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warning of "global catastrophe" should world temperatures rise above 1.5 C by the middle of the next decade, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's administration has refused to phase out the use of coal-fired power.

"I'm very much supportive of the coal industry," Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack told Sky News in October


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  Reply # 2151697 28-Dec-2018 22:14
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Ironically, they will be burning more fossil fuels right now. To supply the extra electricity needed to keep the nation's aircon systems running in that crazy heat.





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  Reply # 2153551 3-Jan-2019 07:48
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And even more ironically they have one of the world's biggest supplies of uranium. Why not use that?




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  Reply # 2153845 3-Jan-2019 13:31
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Dingbatt: And even more ironically they have one of the world's biggest supplies of uranium. Why not use that?


Yeah, it's weird that Japan has nuclear power, after being nuked by the US, but Australia doesn't.

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  Reply # 2153860 3-Jan-2019 14:11
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Dingbatt: And even more ironically they have one of the world's biggest supplies of uranium. Why not use that?

 

Or solar FFS.  If it's not raining, it's probably sunning.  And it is a country where plenty of electricity is used on daytime cooling.





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MikeAqua:

Dingbatt: And even more ironically they have one of the world's biggest supplies of uranium. Why not use that?


Or solar FFS.  If it's not raining, it's probably sunning.  And it is a country where plenty of electricity is used on daytime cooling.



Two things they are not short of is sunshine and red dirt to build solar farms on. Virtually a whole continent worth. The only difficulty is piping the power to the population centres.




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  Reply # 2156422 8-Jan-2019 14:21
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I glanced at this the other day, but didn't have time to formulate a decent reply. Now I do. 

 

 

 

laughing

 

 

 

Aredwood: Ironically, they will be burning more fossil fuels right now. To supply the extra electricity needed to keep the nation's aircon systems running in that crazy heat.

 

Possibly weren't, being daylight. We do have other ways of generating power. 

 

Solar becoming no1 power source in SA during the day

 

Ok, that's just one state, but they're interconnected and all these changes have just happened recently.

 

 

 

Dingbatt: And even more ironically they have one of the world's biggest supplies of uranium. Why not use that?

 

Plenty of federal govts have tried for nuclear power, even states have tried. We have learnt that anything supported by the likes of Tony Abbott and John Howard will end up having a sting in its tail!

 

Water shortages are an issue for having them "outback". Turns out they like being cooled.

 

Nuclear Power in Australia

 

60 Minutes Is it time for Nuclear Power in Australia?

 

 

 

MikeAqua:

 

Or solar FFS.  If it's not raining, it's probably sunning.  And it is a country where plenty of electricity is used on daytime cooling.

 

 

In a country with one of the highest uptakes of rooftop solar too....

 

Today, Australia has the highest per capita uptake of rooftop solar in the world.

 

Rooftop solar passes 2 million milestone

 

See above about daytime electricity.

 

 

 

Dingbatt:

Two things they are not short of is sunshine and red dirt to build solar farms on. Virtually a whole continent worth.

 

And new ones are being built or approved every day. 

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-10/two-of-australias-biggest-solar-farms-set-for-balranald/10359110

 

Three biggest solar farms join grid

 

5 MW solar farm north of Murray Bridge enters construction phase

 

7 Jan 1019

 

Not to mention the other 2 near me.

 

Dingbatt: The only difficulty is piping the power to the population centres.

 

Always has been and always will be an issue, especially since the govt sold the supply networks.

 

 

 

 

 

You guys saying things like this is the equivalent of me asking "why doesn't NZ use geothermal power everywhere, they're got volcanoes"?  or "why does (wellington region) keep having water shortages, why don't they build reservoirs, surely it rains enough"?

 

Why no solar farms in Hawkes Bay? Taranaki? Northland? Coromandel?
Obviously it's not feasible everywhere.

 

And contrary to what you guys may have heard, it's pretty obvious to most Aussies that not only is the writing on the wall for fossil fuels, it's also on the wall for any govt that denies climate change and does nothing about it.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2156524 8-Jan-2019 16:52
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You guys saying things like this is the equivalent of me asking "why doesn't NZ use geothermal power everywhere, they're got volcanoes"?  or "why does (wellington region) keep having water shortages, why don't they build reservoirs, surely it rains enough"?


Why no solar farms in Hawkes Bay? Taranaki? Northland? Coromandel?
Obviously it's not feasible everywhere.


 


 



Because it might drown a snail, scare some fish, or disturb a Taniwha. :-/

Edit: And I completely agree. We should get out of our own way and be building hydro, geothermal, solar, tidal and wind for all its worth. And close Tiwai Point Aluminium smelter and stop enriching a multi-national at the expense of the nation's energy security. Unfortunately I think we have signed that option away for the foreseeable future.




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  Reply # 2162027 16-Jan-2019 14:54
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/109967182/the-worlds-15-hottest-sites-on-tuesday-were-all-in-australia

The world's 15 hottest sites on Tuesday were all in Australia

Australia was home to all 15 of the world's hottest temperatures on Tuesday, a feat it may well repeat on Wednesday and beyond as a huge swathe of the nation bakes in 45 degree-plus heat.

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