Rain made a welcome comeback to Australia in 2016 after several years of deepening drought. But Tasmania and the Top End were among several places that did not fare so well.
With little action at the national level on climate change, state and city officials are taking the lead – but by emphasizing local benefits.
New research shows that global warming has already begun to exacerbate extremes of rainfall in the Pacific region – with more to come.
The simplistic assumption that the violence in central Kenya is the result of drought mask the more complex underlying dynamics of politics, access to resources and land.
Food, water and climate are complex, interconnected systems that when disrupted can cause severe social and political shocks.
The Global Trends report provides a useful starting point to reflect on what's in store for Africa over the next five years. And how the continent should think about responding to its challenges.
October 2015 was the hottest on record for that month, and Tasmania had its driest ever spring.
Drought is a massive problem for southern Africa. The region requires adaptation and mitigation strategies if it's to cope with the changing climate.
South Africa's weather is very attractive to international visitors. Climate change could alter their perceptions unless mitigation strategies are put in place.
Extreme wet years are getting wetter and more common. This means Australia's terrestrial ecosystems will play a larger role in the global carbon cycle.
The current climate talks in Morocco are a golden opportunity for making strides on the adaptation of African agriculture. African countries need the tools necessary to do so.
Droughts are much bigger and slower than other natural disasters that hit Australia - meaning that despite their huge impacts, we still haven't figured out how best to protect ourselves.
Drought is a problem in South Africa and it affects farmers. As a result, farmers and government are working together to develop strategies.
Droughts can be a factor in some armed conflicts, but that's nothing new.
The Grampians, like much of Australia, has swung from Millennium Drought to Big Wet and back again, putting animal populations on a rollercoaster that could get worse as climate change bites.
Australia's deserts can be a harsh environment but plant life still survives there. So why not use them to develop the next generation of drought-resistant crops?
Here's another reason to stop land clearing: it's making Australia hotter and drier.
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.
Understanding how drought is impacting on livelihoods and local governments can help in the development of longer term climate adaptation responses.
Satellite rainfall data can be used to predict harsh climate events – and to identify food-insecure populations before disaster strikes.