One of my geology buddies, Ian Levy, found the rather cold Australian summer was getting him down. So he wrote a paper on global temperature trends. Unfortunately for all those global meltdown enthusiasts, he put together a thesis that I concur with, Man does effect global temperatures but there are much bigger forces at play.
Ian writes "The soon‐to‐be released mean global surface temperature results for calendar year 2011 will be more important than most years for those who believe that the sun dominates our climate to such an extent that human‐induced carbon dioxide is only a minor influence on our global climate." Read the full article called 2011 – A Watershed Year for Global Temperature Trends? here
Here is an alternative paper discussing the same cooling trend
Bottom line for Aussies is dump the tax on carbon.