Voters in the region have long been seen as caring more about their finances than green issues. But living through extreme heat, rain and floods has them focused on living with climate change.
If there’s an unprecedented heatwave outside, do you turn up the aircon and pretend unwelcome change isn’t happening? If so, you’re not alone
Planting trees in urban areas can reduce the impacts of urban heat islands.
In 2015, 6,700 premature deaths were caused by urban heat – this can be reduced by a third by planting more trees.
Extreme heat kills more Australians than any other natural hazard. Here’s why it’s important to keep an eye on older family and friends this summer.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
The latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast offers relief from record rain and floods brought about by La Niña. A longer-term outlook for El Niño is still up in the air – but its arrival would be disastrous.
Australian cities remain woefully unprepared for the more extreme weather we are already seeing with climate change. But some cities overseas stand out for having developed readymade solutions.
Temperature anomaly in Europe, Jan 1. Much of the continent was 10°C or more (dark red and grey) above the long-term average.
Europe’s recent heatwave was one of the most severe ever.
If you don’t consume enough water, you may experience symptoms of dehydration such as headaches, dizziness, tiredness, low concentration, constipation and a dry mouth.
Soaring power bills add to people’s worries about keeping their homes cool, especially as their health can suffer if they don’t. Fortunately, there are effective and affordable ways to beat the heat.
A heatwave across northern Australia comes as a shock to the system. The impacts of heat are worst in early summer when we’ve had less time to acclimatise, so it’s important to heed health warnings.
The report synthesises the latest science about Australia’s climate – and paints a worrying picture.
The carcass of a Grévy’s zebra, an endangered species which exists only in the northern part of Kenya, where drought is ongoing.
Photo by FREDRIK LERNERYD/AFP via Getty Images
Changing habitat ranges, competition for food and water, and biological effects of climate change all pose threats to wildlife.
Air conditioners are rare in some European countries, but the climate crisis could change that.
Our planet is undeniably in crisis and desperately needs COP27 to succeed. Without concrete action, we are condemning today’s children to a harsher future.
The first chief heat officers appointed in Australia are part of a global partnership that’s responding to the dangers of rising city temperatures and the need to manage the risks.
Insects have a weak capacity to adjust their critical thermal limits.
Climate change is exposing animals to temperatures outside of their normal limits – a new study has found that insects have a particularly weak ability to adjust.
The findings underscore the urgent need to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help animals find cool places to shelter.
Pakistani women wade through floodwaters as they take refuge on Sep. 2, 2022.
(AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
Climate change will increase the frequency of both floods and droughts in Pakistan. To address these challenges, enhancing infrastructure, building dams and educating the public are necessary.
As floods devastate Pakistan, Europe suffers from cycles of drought and flood that are hitting crops.
Waqar Hussein (EPA/AAP)/Jean-Francois Badias (AP/AAP)
The flooding in Pakistan is the latest in a sequence of exceptional disasters in the Northern Hemisphere. How much is climate change to blame?
Southsea Common in Portsmouth, UK, parched after summer heat.
Flash flooding often follows periods of drought.