The Bureau of Meteorology’s tropical cyclone outlook is out today.
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Cyclone season approacheth, but this year there’s a twist.
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Australia must come to terms with some fundamental shifts in our weather patterns. This month, Andrew Watkins from the BOM and climate scientist Joelle Gergis explore what's in store.
As extreme weather events, like Hurricane Florence, become more common it is time to ask what it will take for the world to finally tackle climate change. Encouragingly, there may be a historical precedent: Victoria London’s handling of the ‘Great Stink’, where growth had turned the River Thames into an open sewer.
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As climate extremes mount, let's reflect on Victorian London's 'Great Stink' sewage crisis - when things finally became so bad authorities were forced to accept evidence, reject sceptics, and act.
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Kerala floods show the relationship between climate change and extreme rainfall is complex.
A real fire in southern New South Wales - not to be confused with the metaphorical one in the halls of Canberra.
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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.
It was a hot year for many Australians.
An annual assessment of the health of Australia's environment shows mostly stable conditions in 2017, but ecosystems on land and at sea suffered ever higher temperatures.
The British First Fleet knew little of conditions in Port Jackson, later Sydney Cove, before their arrival.
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When the First Fleet sailed into Sydney Cove in 1788, they entered an ancient and unforgiving landscape. A new book charts Australians' relationship with one of the world's most volatile climates.
Floods in South East Queensland follow a 40-year cycle, and planners should take note.
Engineering practice assumes that floods are randomly distributed but science suggests they are not. This raises questions about the reliability of flood infrastructure and management strategies.
Extreme weather led to starfish mass strandings along beaches in Kent and East Yorkshire.
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But it's too early to tell whether climate change is to blame.
People collect water piped in from a mountain creek in Utuado, Puerto Rico on Oct. 14, 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans were still without running water.
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Climate change threatens to widen the health gap between the haves and have-nots. Here's why addressing environmental issues that drive poor health is a starting point.
Extreme cold weather in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 3, 2018.
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Many parts of the US have experienced extreme heat or extreme cold in the past year. Recent research projects that climate change will increase deaths from both types of weather, especially cold spells.
As many as 20 people are dead and dozens missing following the Southern California mudslides.
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A watershed scientist explains why post-wildfire landscapes are so susceptible to landslides – and why those risks are poised to rise.
Seriously cold: The ‘bomb cyclone’ freezes a fountain in New York City.
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An atmospheric scientist who studies the Arctic explains why – because of global warming – the U.S. may be in for longer cold spells in the winter.
The storm intensified rapidly off the US east coast.
The US was hit by a 'bomb cyclone' last week, bringing icy cold and driving snow. These storms develop very rapidly, forming outside the tropics, typically on continental east coasts in winter.
Frost affected many crops across WA during September 2016.
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We already know that climate change makes heatwaves hotter and longer. But a new series of research papers asks whether there is also a climate fingerprint on frosty spells and bouts of wet weather.
A flooded street in Euroa, Victoria.
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You should never try to drive through floodwater, because you never know what's beneath the surface. And new research shows some roads are more treacherous than others.
Knowing about hailstones in advance would be preferable.
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New "dual-pol" weather radars promise to spot large hailstones forming inside thunderstorms, giving people a heads-up when it's about to hail.
Breezy Point, New York off the coast of Long Island after the storm surge from Superstorm Sandy.
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Five years after Superstorm Sandy, we see how disadvantaged social groups suffered more from the storm before and after – much as we're seeing in Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
The intensity of heavy downpours in Houston has increased dramatically since the 1950s, leading some people to argue the city’s disaster planning and infrastructure are not up-to-date.
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It's not just about rebuilding infrastructure after storms: Cities need to systematically rethink their knowledge systems which are at the heart of urban resilience.