The real risk is from sudden storms – but there are ways to limit the damage, if cities start planning now.
The beach lies at the edges of the country, and can feel like another place entirely. French hand-wringing over Muslim dress for paddling should make us look again at our own attitudes.
Storm damage and a high tide in Adelaide.
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Australia's coastal towns are already facing storms and erosion – problems that are set to get worse with rising seas.
While some councils wish to take a long-term view of what can reasonably be done in the face of sea-level rises, private property owners just want their homes protected.
Many properties are at risk from rising sea levels, with owners and councils at odds over the costs of defending these. NSW law reform may lead to more forward-looking climate change adaptation.
Coastal communities around Australia are facing the rising threat of coastal erosion.
Coastal communities include 24 federal seats held by margins of 5% or less, and their local councils are pressing the Australian government to show more urgency about the impacts of climate change.
The odds of being hit again by a large flood are higher for cities that have already been flooded before. Here's why we still don't move away.
Coming to a classroom near you?
Nicky Morgan has announced a scheme to give incentives for the best teachers to go to struggling schools. Will it work?
South Africa’s tropical fish may be hardest hit with climate change.
Climate change will hit South Africa's fish population.
Groynes at the Keta Sea Defense Project on Ghana’s coast.
Kwasi Addo Appeaning
Unless something is done to curb erosion, Ghana's coast could soon whither away.
Scarborough, Queensland: no longer allowed to factor in sea-level rise in its planning laws.
Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney’s decision, revealed this week, to order a Brisbane council to remove future sea-level rise from its planning regulations seems a rather short-sighted thing to do…
Apollo Bay in Victoria. Australia’s coastal towns are vulnerable to changes in the surrounding seas.
Australia’s coastal towns, many built around fisheries and tourism, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. South east and south west Australia are marine hotspots — they are warming much faster…