Fires are increasing: time to prepare.
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New data analysis shows bushfires have increased by 40% in the past five years.
CSIRO has contributed to surprising discoveries in climate science. Pictured here is the research ship RV Investigator.
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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.
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?
Fighting fires in remote wilderness requires a different way of thinking.
Fires in Tasmania have burnt thousands of hectares of wilderness. Other remote fires it's better to put them out quickly.
Pencil pines are found nowhere else in the world, and are extremely sensitive to fire.
Bushfires are threatening Tasmania's World Heritage area and ancient plants, warning us of a possible future under climate change.
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.
116 houses were lost at Wye River in Victoria, but nobody was killed.
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The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
The town of Yarloop was engulfed by an inferno on January 9.
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Why do people still die in bushfires? Recent fires have triggered a debate about emergency warnings.
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.
Men and women prepare and respond differently to the threat posed by bushfires.
It is now well documented that women and men are exposed to bushfire risk in different ways and degrees due to everyday divisions of labour and gendered norms.
Measuring a risk based approach to fuel management presents many difficulties.
Victoria is moving away from burnoff targets to a new strategy for managing bushfire risk.
Fires in Esperance killed four people last week.
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Four people have died in catastrophic fires in Western Australia. Long-term data show more females and people leaving their homes late are dying in fires.
Around 20% of Australians are not insured against disasters, and even a quarter of those who do may be under-covered.
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As the fire season returns, insurance claims against disasters will only increase. But new research suggests that under-insurance is a major problem facing many Australian households.
The fire season is well underway in southern Australia.
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Australians are still underprepared for bushfires. And with fire seasons getting longer thanks to climate change we need to look at why people are still dying in fires, and what you can do to get prepared.
While firefighters battled widespread fires in New South Wales in October 2013, hundreds of thousands of people turned to social media and smartphone apps for vital updates.
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When disaster strikes, more people than ever are turning to social media to find out if they're in danger. But Australian emergency services need to work together more to learn what works to save lives.
Huge fires in September and October burn the most land in northern Australia.
More land is burned in northern Australia during August and October than any other time of the year, and it's not just a natural disaster.
Firefighters mop up after bushfires in Victoria.
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The tragic loss of homes and property after an escaped burnoff shows the complexities of managing risk in a fire-prone land.
Could media reports of natural disasters reduce people’s risk perception?
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Are you at risk from natural disasters? Research shows media reports could actually reduce people's perceptions of risk.
The fire season has arrived in southern Australia, but with a big El Niño driving hotter temperatures, will this be worse than other summers?
Coming to a forest near you?
A huge El Niño on the horizon bodes ill for drought and forest fire.