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Old weather diaries are becoming important in climate research. Linden Ashcroft/State Library of New South Wales

Delving through settlers’ diaries can reveal Australia’s colonial-era climate

High-quality climate records only go back to the start of the 20th century. But using handwritten letters, journals and tables, researchers have access to data going back to the 18th century.
A satellite image of the 2004 boxing day tsunami striking the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. Could a similar tsunami hit Australia? AAP

Making waves: the tsunami risk in Australia

Australia is surrounded by ocean, so is not immune to the effects of tsunamis. But how significant is the risk?
CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall fronts senate estimates in February. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

CSIRO must ensure climate science is maintained

A proposal for the Bureau of Meteorology to take on CSIRO climate scientists is a good idea - but CSIRO needs to make sure nothing is lost.
Rural southern Australia has been drying out over the past several decades. Pictured here, Burra in South Australia. David Jones

Hasta la vista El Niño – but don’t hold out for ‘normal’ weather just yet

Australia is the land of drought of flooding rains, driven by events such as El Nino. But despite this variability, some parts of Australia are clearly drying out.

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