The Australia Institute, which describes itself as an “independent and nonpartisan” think tank that “conducts original research that contributes to a more just, sustainable and peaceful society” has released new research based on Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) data. Summer is now 31 days longer than it used to be. The blue columns denote 1950-1969, while the orange represent 1999-2018. Picture: The Australia InstituteSource:Supplied “Over the last two decades, summers in the most populous areas of Australia are a month longer than in the 1950s and 1960s,” the Institute said in the report. “Summers over the last five years were longer still, reaching twice the length of winters in those years. Longer, more extreme summers will have increasingly profound impacts on Australian health, food production and quality of life,” the report warns. A glimpse of those “increasingly profound impacts” was presented to Australians in the past summer that officially “ended” on Saturday. RELATED: Why Antarctica looks like a crime scene Crowds flocked to beaches around the country during the recent heatwave. Picture: AAP Image / Bianca De MarchiSource:AAP Widespread and devastating bushfires (in a fire season that, like the summer heat, also started weeks earlier than usual) provided an extreme example,… Read full this story
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