What exactly does research say on heatwaves and hot days?
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Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie told Q&A that heatwaves were 'worsening' in Australia and 'hot days' had doubled in the last 50 years. Let's take a look at the evidence.
Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie, speaking on Q&A.
Response from a spokesperson from the Climate Council in relation to an article on CEO Amanda McKenzie’s claims about worsening heatwaves and increasing numbers of hot days in Australia.
Nowhere to hide? With 2℃ of global warming, the stifling heat of January 2013 would be the norm for Australia.
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Global warming of 2℃, the higher of the two Paris targets, would see current record-breaking temperatures become the norm in the future, potentially bringing heatwaves to both land and sea.
Sydney’s summer was the hottest on record.
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New South Wales has just had its hottest summer on record – an event that was made 50 times more likely by humans' impact on the climate.
Cows don’t do well in the heat.
As the climate changes and extreme weather effects become more common, cattle and other livestock are becoming more stressed.
Sometimes only a water fountain will do.
Schools need to have a formal policy in place for how to deal with heatwaves effectively and keep children cool and well.
Emergency crews tackle a bushfire at Boggabri, one of dozens across NSW during the heatwave.
Heat records have tumbled across New South Wales as the state suffered through the weekend's heatwave. A new analysis shows that climate change made this kind of event much less of a rarity.
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?
Cyclone Oswald caused flooding that forced the evacuation of more than 100 patients from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane in January 2013.
Most of our hospitals were not designed to cope with the health impacts of future extreme weather. And hospital infrastructure has not been adapted to secure health care during such events.
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.
When New South Wales burned in 2013, Tony Abbott was quick to point out that individual events can’t be attributed to climate change. But they can.
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The science of attributing extreme weather events to human-induced climate change has evolved rapidly in recent years. But how we communicate it to the public has not kept pace with this advance.
Australia’s oceans are heating up.
The new State of the Climate report outlines Australia's rising temperatures and its regional rainfall declines - and the trends that are locked in for the coming few decades due to greenhouse emissions.
Huge swathes of Tasmania have burned this year.
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A comprehensive analysis of Tasmania's natural disaster risks has identified bushfire as the biggest threat, alongside emerging issues such as disease epidemics and heatwaves.
An electric fan cools you down in extreme heat, but not if you're old.
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.
The Great Barrier Reef is already feeling the effects of climate change.
Limiting global warming to 1.5℃ already looks out of reach, so where do we go from here?
Victoria was one of several states to suffer bushfires as temperatures soared in late 2015.
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2015 was the world's hottest year on record. The US State of the Climate report has rounded up the litany of temperature and other records that were broken all over the globe.
Around 15,000 Parisians died in the August 2003 heatwave. So what lessons have been learned?