- The scientific relationship between atmospheric CO2 and global temperatures has been understood for over a century.
- Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 due to burning of fossil fuels have contributed to 75% of the observed 1°C rise in global temperatures since the start of the industrial era (about 1750).
- Global warming is associated with intensifying climatic extremes and disruption to human society and human health.
- Mitigation is vital for human health as continued current emission rates are likely to lead to 4°C of warming by 2100.
- Further escalation of Australia’s hot and erratic climate will lead to more extreme climate-related disasters of heatwaves, droughts, fires and storms, as well as shifts in disease burdens.
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