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Bushfires and heatwaves are expected to increase and significantly impact on Australian cities and urban communities. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Hot cities: the ‘smart’ response to urban heat threats

How well does the 'smart' city respond to the devastating scale and impact of urban heat threats such as bushfires and heatwaves?
CSIRO has contributed to surprising discoveries in climate science. Pictured here is the research ship RV Investigator. AAP Image/University of Tasmania

CSIRO cuts to climate science are against the public good

CSIRO's climate science has contributed a number of important, and unexpected, findings.
The devastation of bushfires gives way to the hope of new life – usually. William Strutt, Black Thursday, 1864. Via State Library of Victoria.

Bushfire art isn’t changing, but our response to it might

Bushfires are an integral part of the Australian landscape and psyche. These awesome forces are part of the cycle of renewal, but how can art help us come to terms with increasingly destructive fires?
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.
A hot end of the year contributed to Christmas Day fires in Victoria. AAP Image/Keith Pakenham

Australia’s climate in 2015: cool to start with a hot finish

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.

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