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Huge swathes of Tasmania have burned this year. Warren Frey/Tasmania Fire Service

After Tasmania’s year of disasters, bushfire tops the state’s growing list of natural hazards

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.
U.S. Coast Guard personnel rescue stranded residents in Baton Rouge on August 14, 2016. U.S. Department of Agriculture/Wikipedia

Suburban sprawl and poor preparation worsened flood damage in Louisiana

Recent floods in southeast Louisiana were the most severe U.S. natural disaster since 2012's Hurricane Sandy. Suburban sprawl and slow execution of flood control projects worsened the damage.
Tasmania’s bushfires damaged pristine bushland and stretched emergency services to the limit. AAP Image/Patrick Caruana

Was Tasmania’s summer of fires and floods a glimpse of its climate future?

This summer has seen Tasmania suffer through drought, bushfires, floods and the worst marine heatwave on record. Is this what life under a climate-changed future will be like?
Extreme weather could trigger ecosystem collapse, including mass tree deaths. Dead tree image from www.shutterstock.com

Rising extreme weather warns of ecosystem collapse: study

Extreme weather will affect people and animals, as well as whole ecosystems. Research using satellites shows that ecosystems worldwide are vulnerable to collapse.
CSIRO has contributed to surprising discoveries in climate science. Pictured here is the research ship RV Investigator. AAP Image/University of Tasmania

CSIRO cuts to climate science are against the public good

CSIRO's climate science has contributed a number of important, and unexpected, findings.
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Why do flood defences fail?

We accept the risks of flooding because the costs of making our towns and cities flood-proof are too high.

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