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The government has been urged to better articulate the dangers of climate
change after a report that shows the frequency of heat waves in parts of Australia has already surpassed levels previously predicted for 2030.
It seems obvious, but apparently it isn’t. If you remove the reality of climate
change from government decision-making you risk making the wrong decisions.
Obviously the drought
is causing extreme hardship for farmers in parts of New ...
In the late 1990s, a particularly strong El Niño oscillation scourged the world with drought
s, floods, and disruptions to the food supply. Carrying the energy equivalent of a million Hiroshima bombs, the titanic climate
event was ultimately ...
In October, huge bushfire
s devastated communities, property and livelihoods in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Tragically, two lives were lost. As the Climate
Council's first major report makes clear, our changing climate
is increasing the ...
The Abbott government is desperately constructing a straw man to help it fight the potentially big political problem of rising public concern about climate
change and scrutiny of its Direct Action policy.
The straw man is the contention ...
s that started earlier this week in Australia continue to burn around Sydney. The blazes have charred more than 143,000 acres as of Wednesday. Early signs suggest that these fires are in line with what to expect in a warming world, though ...
As people in fire prone areas across New South Wales review their survival plans or flee for their lives, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he is convinced there is no link between bushfire
s and climate
"Fire is a ...
Winter may just be ending in Australia, but temperatures are already summerlike. September was one for the record books, with hot temperatures that baked the country from the outback to the coasts and made this the hottest September in the ...
Australia has been warned: it's time to adapt to a changed climate
. The extreme weather that has rocked the country over the last couple of years is a result of human-induced climate
change, and will only get worse without immediate drastic ...
The hottest summer on record. The hottest January on record. The hottest day on record for Australia as a whole. Bushfire
s in every state and territory. Daily rainfall records and major flooding. Over a period of 90 days, these were some of the ...
Australian has been bracing for near-record temperatures, with bushfire
s ablaze in five out of six states. Police in Tasmania are still searching for those reported missing after fire swept across the island last week.
Prime Minister ...
THERE is only one way to frame tomorrow`s carbon tax announcement: a start. Assume Australia hits its very soft target, cutting annual greenhouse gas emissions by 5per cent by 2020, and the rest of the world does everything they`ve promised: we ...
THE government is announcing the details of a carbon tax and emissions trading scheme at a time when public attitudes and scientific assessments are heading in opposite directions.
Voters are becoming less concerned about the threat of ...
A bull giraffe flanked by a female strides through the Kwedi area of the Okavango delta.The Okavango delta in Botswana has suffered "catastrophic" species loss over the past 15 years, researchers have announced , in the latest sign of a ...
Here in the City of Roses, the annual Rose Festival celebration will have to proceed without the roses. For the second consecutive year, there has been record rainfall on the Portland parade. The weather finally turned, but locals are wondering ...
risk will increase by 25 per cent in less than a decade if climate
change pushes up average temperatures by just 0.4 degrees by 2020, according to CSIRO research.But that risk could more than double by 2020, with the ...
IN THE MIDST of this month's ruinous and deadly floods in Queensland and other states too, I posed the question: If weather-related disasters are the new normal, how do we pay for rescue, recovery and rebuilding?
The question flows from ...
IN A land of drought
s and flooding rains, it's often hard to remember when you're being scorched by one or submerged by the other. But lately Australia seems to be oscillating between increasingly regular and ruinous extreme weather events - and ...
The worst floods in Queensland's history, described yesterday as "a disaster of biblical proportions", have swamped an area the size of France and Germany combined and displaced more than 200,000 people.
With 22 towns inundated following ...
One of the lucky ones - Nat White on his thriving Mornington Peninsula vineyard. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer
CLIMATE change has done Nat White a big favour. It has provided his boutique Mornington Peninsula vineyard with the perfect conditions ...
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Monday launched a new push to charge for carbon pollution after being punished for a perceived failure to tackle environmental issues during recent elections.
Gillard, whose fragile coalition ...
You don't have to be Lord Stern to see how the costs of climate
change are already compounding and spiralling, out of control.
Some costs are relatively benign - such as the devaluation of waterfront properties in Byron Bay as sea levels ...
THERE are many ways to skin a camel, but none, it seems, that count towards reducing Australia's carbon footprint.
Scientists have found camels to be the third-highest carbon-emitting animal per head on the planet, behind only cattle and ...
change could more than triple the risk of catastrophic wildfires in parts of Australia, a top environmental group warned Thursday, almost a year since savage firestorms that killed 173 people.Greenpeace warned that, without a new ...
Australia faces a possible 300 percent increase in extreme bushfire
s by 2050 unless world leaders can agree to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions, a new report said on Thursday.
The report, commissioned by Australia's firefighters ...