Bushfires ravaged parts of central Queensland amid heatwaves in November 2018.
Australia's environment took a beating in 2018, as temperatures rose, rainfall declined, the health of rivers and ecosystems worsened, and floods, droughts and bushfires all took their toll.
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Marine heatwaves have caused coral bleaching in one of the most isolated ecosystems in the world.
Recent marine heatwaves have devastated crucial coastal habitats, including kelp forests, seagrass meadows and coral reefs.
Marine heatwaves, like their land counterparts, are growing hotter and longer. Sea species in southeastern Australia, southeast Asia, northwestern Africa, Europe and eastern Canada are most at risk.
Firefighters tackle a large blaze on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester, England, February 2019.
West Yorkshire Fire Service
Wildfires broke out across the British Isles during a recent heatwave. But the burning question of the link to climate change does not have an easy answer.
A shade tree makes a big difference to the comfort of this couple.
Two trends in Australia, an ageing population and warming climate, are increasing the threat that heatwaves pose to our health. Increasing vegetation cover is one way every city can reduce the risk.
A ‘stuck’ monsoonal system dumped a year’s worth of rainfall on Townsville in just a week.
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What do the recent Townsville floods and Tasmanian heatwave have in common? Both were caused by weather systems that stayed put for days or weeks on end. And global warming could worsen that trend.
Dozens of brumbies were found dead near Santa Teresa in Australia’s remote interior.
Mass wildlife die-offs, such as those wrought by Australia's recent heatwaves, make for grim headlines. But the wider effects of extreme weather are more complex, and can be remarkably long-lasting.
Lochiel Park in Adelaide was Australia’s first large-scale attempt to create homes that use near net zero energy.
Air conditioning changed both building design and people's active management of home temperatures. A return to houses designed for our climate can keep us comfortable and cut energy use and emissions.
Parts of Australia have broken multiple heat records over the past week.
Much of Australia is sweltering due to a high pressure system parked over the Tasman Sea – and there's no sign it's moving any time soon.
Queenslanders have taken to the water in the face of record-breaking heat.
The summer forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology predicts a hot, dry summer.
In most states where temperatures are increasing, Australians are at a higher risk of suicide.
Pollutants from fossil fuel combustion cause thousands of premature deaths nationwide every year. This is just one way our climate change policies impact on the nation's health.
A hot summer will mean wetlands dry out faster than ever, so how will pest mosquitoes respond?
Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology)
The forecast arrival of El Niño may mean the east coast of Australia will experience an exceptionally hot and dry summer, but does this mean there will be fewer mosquitoes buzzing about?
People use misters to cool down in Montréal, Monday, July 2, 2018, during a heatwave in the city.
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Climate change poses a threat to our mental health. Building connected communities is one way to combat a rise in suicide rates as global temperatures increase.
A real fire in southern New South Wales - not to be confused with the metaphorical one in the halls of Canberra.
AAP Image/Darren Pateman
With New South Wales suffering winter bushfires and temperature records tumbling around the globe, our leaders in Canberra have picked a bad time to jettison climate policy in favour of political bickering.
Melbourne’s temperatures have periodically spiked far beyond what its residents are used to.
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Heatwaves can cause a large number of deaths, especially when vulnerable groups are unprepared and are not acclimatised to hot temperatures.
A woman cools down in a water fountain as she beats the heat in Montreal on Monday, July 2, 2018.
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Heatwave deaths this summer make it clear: climate change is a severe public health threat, and those who live alone are at greatest risk.
Firefighters and volunteers battle a blaze near Loutraki in southern Greece.
From Greece, to the UK, to Japan and even Sweden, a slew of places in the Northern Hemisphere are suffering extreme heat. And the chances of extreme heat records tumbling are growing all the time.
Hot hot heat.
How to move beyond the warm words about tackling urban heat islands to doing something about them.
‘Soft fall’ surfaces are widely used in play areas where children might fall, but can also get very hot in the sun, which undermines this safety benefit.
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Commonly used surfaces in play areas, such as "soft fall" materials and Astroturf, can heat up to 80-100°C in the sun. This makes them a hazardous design choice, especially as the climate gets hotter.
A survey of recent global trends in temperature and rainfall – and a lesson for Mr Trump on the difference between weather and climate.