The warming planet

What does the latest IPCC report say about the warming planet?


Australia's warming climate

Australia's warming climate
Photographer:  © Australian Government

 According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

  • each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than in any preceding decade since 1850
  • average global land and ocean surface temperatures have warmed by around 0.85 degrees Celsius since 1880
  • global average sea levels have risen by 0.19 metres over the twentieth century
  • atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years
  • the oceans have absorbed about 30 per cent of the emitted anthropogenic carbon dioxide, causing them to become more acidic.

Further reading

IPCC, 2013. Climate change 2013: the physical science basis. 5th Assessment Report. World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Find the report at



Brendan Atkins , Publications Coordinator
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