Tasmania’s bushfires damaged pristine bushland and stretched emergency services to the limit.
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This summer has seen Tasmania suffer through drought, bushfires, floods and the worst marine heatwave on record. Is this what life under a climate-changed future will be like?
Bushfires and heatwaves are expected to increase and significantly impact on Australian cities and urban communities.
How well does the 'smart' city respond to the devastating scale and impact of urban heat threats such as bushfires and heatwaves?
Nice day for the beach. In fact there have been rather a lot of those in Sydney lately.
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Sydney is in the process of smashing the record for the longest run of days above 26℃. Weather, El Nino and climate change are all playing their part.
Extreme weather could trigger ecosystem collapse, including mass tree deaths.
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Extreme weather will affect people and animals, as well as whole ecosystems. Research using satellites shows that ecosystems worldwide are vulnerable to collapse.
The cover that trees provide transforms cities into much more hospitable places, especially in hot weather.
Six years after Black Saturday, it's worth remembering that heatwaves kill more people than bushfires do, so shade can be a life-saver. But tree cover and shade are not evenly distributed in cities.
Rural southern Australia has been drying out over the past several decades. Pictured here, Burra in South Australia.
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.
A hot end of the year contributed to Christmas Day fires in Victoria.
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El Niño dominated global climate in 2015, but in Australia the story was more complicated. 2015 was Australia's fifth warmest year on record, and saw the return of very dry conditions to parts of Australia.
Health issues from extreme heat are a reality for many in Africa.
Africa must find ways of dealing with extreme heatwaves or suffer a range of health problems, including fatalities.
We all love a shady courtyard, but it's tough to know just how effective trees are at beating the heat.
Tennis fans at the 2014 Australian Open were treated to days of temperatures above 40C.
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2014 saw heatwaves of all kinds and other wild weather. Research can now explain that climate change made these events much more likely.
Early heat in Victoria helped fan bushfires in October.
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This has been Australia's hottest October on record. And the record-breaking temperatures are at least six times more likely thanks to human-induced global warming.
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We can live comfortably and sustainably in hot places – but we'll have to ditch the glassy skyscrapers.
Temperatures are set to rocket throughout the 21st century, but design lessons from history could help the gulf states stay cool.
This summer’s El Niño is likely to bring more frequent heatwaves to a large swathe of Australia’s north and east.
The link between El Niño and heatwaves is complicated. But what we can say is that this summer's strong El Niño conditions are likely to bring more heatwaves to much of Australia's north and east.
Yes, it’s been cold. But the hot weather just keeps on getting hotter.
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Melbourne, Canberra and much of southern Australia have shivered through a cold winter. But on a longer view, record cold snaps are disappearing, while Australian heat records continue to be broken.
We know a lot about what climate change will do, but ‘when’ is a tougher question.
What we think we know, don't know and things that might surprise us about climate change and the environment.
Keeping cool as Paris sees its hottest temperatures in six decades.
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Shifting air currents high up in the skies can have a big impact down on the ground.
It’s hot – but some people aren’t too bothered.
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Parts of the UK are sizzling thanks to Iberian air.
Cutting emissions will limit health damages and bring about important health improvements.
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Tackling climate change is the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century, a team of 60 international experts today declared in a special report for the medical journal The Lancet.
An air conditioning salesman, one of few happy people in Ahmedabad.
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Regular statistics isn't much good at predicting the improbable.