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Winter Will No Longer Exist In Australia By 2050, Researchers Warn



Winter, as we know it in Australia, will no longer exist in 30 years from now. Instead, we would get a new season that scientists are calling the “new summer. ”

In an interesting project to show Australians what the climate would look like in 2050, a team of scientists linked up with designers to create a tool. And it led to an astonishing discovery on another way climate change will dramatically alter our planet.

According to researcher Geoff Hinchliffe:

“In 30 years, winter as we know it will be non-existent,”

How The Project Began

While we’re already experiencing the effect of climate change, the impact to the planet is still a bit subtle. As such, convincing an average person that climate change should be taken seriously is more difficult than you would imagine.

A new poll shows that only 45 percent of Americans think that global warming will pose a severe threat in their lifetime. Also, just 43 percent say they worry a great deal about climate change.

But, it’s not just the United States; climate change apathy is a global thing.

That’s why researchers at the Climate Change Institute in the Australian National University teamed up with the School of Art and Design. They wanted to present the issue in a way that would resonate with the public.

Using existing data the Bureau of Meteorology and Scientific Information for Land Owners, they sought to communicate the impact of climate change concisely and engagingly.

According to Hinchliffe,

“that meant using color, shape, and size around a dial composition showing a whole year’s worth of temperature values in a single snapshot.”

Not only did it make a visually vibrant and exciting ensemble, but it also contains details that connect emotionally with people.

The Discovery of A “New Summer”

While creating the tool, the team noticed something odd; the projections did not follow the pattern of the regular seasons.

Hinchliffe explained that:

“We looked at the historical average temperatures of each season and compared them to the projected data and what we find everywhere is that there’s really no period of a sustained or lasting winter.”

Alongside autumn and spring, the researchers suggest that Australians will experience what they refer to as “new summer.” Also, the researchers predicted that temperature during the new season would consistently reach 40 degrees Celsius.

The researchers believe that a climate prediction that the public can relate to would convey how critical the impact of climate change is.

The researchers prepared the visual climate tool for the Australian Conservation Foundation, and you can view it here.

Read More: Study Claims Climate Change Could Soon Eradicate Clouds

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    Isaac Hesson March 20 at 1:11 am GMT

    This is quite depressing. All I can do is admit that we are powerless.

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      Derrick Vanwyk March 26 at 10:10 am GMT

      the collaboration of science, technology, arts, and design will make a great difference.

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    Lisa Gaillard March 20 at 10:54 am GMT

    I just don’t understand how people enjoy winter. Do they not have cars? and the stress that comes with layering? Winter can be a very disturbing period. 🙁

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      Isaac Hesson March 21 at 10:11 am GMT

      I love winter. It’s my license to be lazy. 🙂

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