As with so many staples and foods in the past two years – lettuce, milk and eggs to name a few – the problem is a temporary imbalance between supply and demand. Here’s what’s happening with potatoes.
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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.
Globally, the air is getting hotter and drier, which means flash droughts and risky fire conditions are developing faster and more frequently.
England may flood in February.
The Met Office has predicted that England is to be affected by flooding this February.
Wet weather is great for some species of bugs. But Christmas beetle swarms look to be a thing of the past
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.
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Rain and floods mean mozzie numbers are booming. Australia has around 300 different mosquito species, but they can’t all make us sick, or even bite.
The rain comes as coal demand surges and pressure mounts for the industry to wind back production to help tackle climate change.
The findings have big implications for how Australians prepare for extreme weather events.
Brush turkeys, bats, and cockroaches are crucial for the environment – including our gardens. Each have fascinating ways of coping in wet weather.
A woman at a camp for those displaced by drought in Baidoa, Somalia, in September 2022.
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States with more capacity, more political inclusion and that make good use of foreign aid tend to see better outcomes.
Processes like La Niña set the scene for the sort of extreme weather that has hit eastern Australia. But what decides which towns and suburbs are hit hardest, and which ones are spared?
Rain has fallen across almost all of Australia’s mainland in the last two weeks. Our rain events are usually regional – not national like this.
Storm damage at Collaroy Beach, NSW, in 2016.
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We must heed lessons from past storms and plan ahead, as climate change will only exacerbate future coastal disasters.
On Australia’s rainiest days, more than 30 trillion litres can fall from the skies.
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Floodwater carries dense clouds of sediment, choking the lush seagrass meadows on which these gentle grazers rely.
About a third of Pakistan flooded during the extreme monsoon in 2022, affecting an estimated 33 million people.
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A climate scientist explains the forces behind the summer’s extreme downpours and dangerous heat waves, and why new locations will be at risk in the coming year.
Millions of mangroves died off along Australia’s northern coast. The cause? El Niño - and the moon’s wobbly orbit causing extremely low tides.
A third La Niña event in a row could bring dangerous conditions for people with allergies – but we’ll need better continuous monitoring to be sure what’s coming in the future.
La Niña is officially here for the third year in a row. You probably associate it with flooding, but how might it affect future drought and bushfires? And could a fourth La Niña be possible?