Cities are facing more heatwaves, but not all strategies to keep us cool are equal.
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Our cities are getting hotter. Luckily, as a built environment, we can actually do something about it.
Sydneysiders cool off in heatwave conditions gripping eastern Australia in January 2017.
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2016 is the third consecutive hottest year on record. How can we adapt?
Climate change can cause higher pollen counts.
Irrespective of whether climate change contributed to the thunderstorm in Melbourne last week, we can be sure Australia’s climate projections herald new risks to health that cannot be ignored.
More heatwaves in store, but the exact effects on people are harder to predict.
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Heatwaves are Australia's deadliest type of natural disaster. But while we know a lot about the weather patterns behind them, more research is needed to forecast accurately their impacts on people.
Half a degree could make all the difference for the Great Barrier Reef.
A new report published by the Climate Institute says Australia could avoid lengthy heatwaves and help save the Great Barrier Reef by meeting the Paris Agreement's 1.5C global warming goal.
Scorching temperatures in Jammu, northern India. This month has seen records smashed in nearby Rajasthan.
The city of Phalodi has set a temperature record for India, hitting 51℃. Until now, India's smog problem has curbed extreme temperatures. But that could be about to change.
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?
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.
People living with chronic illnesses are more vulnerable to heat effects.
Rising temperatures affect people living in the developing world differently to those living in Europe and North America.
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.
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.
India has been sweltering recently – but plants can cope better than people.
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Hardy new grains are being developed that can cope with extreme bursts of heat.
Heat is costing the Australian economy through productivity losses.
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Heat cost Australia nearly A$7 billion in 2014, which is bad news given climate forecasts of hotter and more frequent heatwaves.
Drought-reduced crop yields could threaten food supply in Australia.
The Australian Academy of Science has warned that sick, older, poor and isolated Australians are at most risk from the health impacts of climate effects such as drought, fires, floods and heatwaves.
Nationals MP George Christensen told Parliament that the hot temperatures of 1896 have been “wiped from the official record”. It’s a bit more complicated than that.
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“How could it be getting hotter … if it was really hotter 118 years ago? It’s relatively simple: the early years are simply wiped from the official record.” – Nationals MP George Christensen, House of…
When it gets hot in the city, where’s the best place to go?
Heatwaves — Australia’s biggest natural killers — are getting more frequent and hotter thanks to climate change. One day cities such as Melbourne may see unprecedented heat, perhaps 48C or higher. But…
Fiery future: evidence is growing of a link between climate change and extreme events.
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The new World Meteorological Organization statement on the status of the global climate of 2013 highlights a fact that some still wilfully prefer to ignore – climate change is already making many extreme…
Melbourne beachgoers battle January’s heatwave. They may need to get used to it.
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The State of the Climate 2014 report, released today by the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology, confirms that Australia is heating up. It has warmed by 0.9C since 1910, with more in store thanks to the…
Summary of findings from the State of the Climate 2014 report.
State of the Climate 2014
Australia is almost a degree warmer, on average, than it was a century ago, according to the State of the Climate 2014 report…
Green and gone: Perth’s Burswood Park Golf Course is about to make way for a football and casino complex.
Australia’s major cities routinely rank among the world’s most liveable. But for all our clean streets, good healthcare and educational opportunities, one of the things we have to contend with is our sweltering…