The latest climate change assessment by scientists is a ‘code red for humanity’, according to the UN.
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One year following the 2019/20 fires, this forest has been slow to recover.
Many plants are really good at withstanding bushfires, but the combination of drought, heatwaves and pest insects under climate change may push them to the brink.
The aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Barataria, Louisiana, US.
Rapid attribution studies reveal climate change’s influence on the weather, but they’re expensive and time-consuming.
The research, focused on the Jordan Springs estate in Western Sydney, found houses were built close together and made from materials which exacerbate hot weather.
Flooding is projected to increase in eastern Africa.
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The report projects an increase in mean temperatures and hot extremes across the continent. Worryingly the rate of temperature increase across the continent exceeds the global average.
Scientists tend to study heatwaves and floods as discrete events – but this overlooks the crucial connections between them.
One quarter of monitored social housing properties recorded winter temperatures below World Health Organisation standards for more than 80% of winter, new research shows.
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Extreme heat warnings can help change our dangerous relationship with hot weather.
River fish like trout swim close to the river surface as water temperatures rise.
The growing frequency of climate extremes affected human health and caused wide-scale damages to the ecosystems that people depend upon, including agriculture, fisheries and freshwater.
Rain near Japan triggered a heat wave in North America. To know our future, we have a lot to learn about what drives extreme weather.
People cooled off at a beach in Chestermere, Alta., as a heat wave settled over Western Canada.
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New normal. Record-breaking. Unprecedented. In recent days, as Western Canada and the United States have been broiling under a climate-fuelled heat crisis, all sorts of superlatives have been used to describe…
The lives of one in ten of Earth’s species are connected to lakes and their tributaries.
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Climate change has profound, but often overlooked, consequences for human health.
The Red Gully bushfire near Gingin, WA.
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We know heatwaves and drought can turn bushfires into infernos, but the reasons why were poorly understood in science.
As you swelter during this heatwave, it may not be all bad news for our urban and natural environments. Sometimes, positive outcomes arise when and where we least expect them.
As the climate changes and heatwaves become more frequent and severe, it’s vital we do more to understand who is most vulnerable and how we can reduce their risk.
The small fire and heatwave prone town of Tarnagulla got together, applied for funding and co-produced a resilience action plan so they’re better prepared for the next disaster.
The aftermath of Hurricane Delta. Louisiana, US, October 2020.
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Many storms, heatwaves, fires and droughts slipped under the radar this year.
Zebrafish are small, freshwater fish native to South Asia.
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Species can evolve to tolerate higher temperatures – but there’s a ceiling beyond which adaptation isn’t possible.
From heatwaves to droughts to storms, climate change poses one of the biggest health threats to Australians. Yet the federal government makes no mention of it in its strategic health planning.