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# How do you know the climate is warming?

There  is overwhelming  evidence that our  planet is warming at  an unprecedented rate, demonstrated most recently in this report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which brings together the world’s leading scientists, and, more locally, in the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology’s State of the Climate report.  This is driven  by greenhouse gases  from human activities,  primarily from burning fossil  fuels like coal, oil and gas.

Australian  farmers know  climate change  is real because  it’s affecting us  now. This is not normal  – and this is not something  far away on the other side of  the world, or in the future, this  is happening now.