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Lesley Hughes

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Climate Council

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18 Sep 2017

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  • Australia had its warmest winter on record, in terms of average maximum temperatures, reaching nearly 2ºC above average.
  • More than 260 heat and low rainfall records were broken during the winter months.
  • The nation experienced its
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19 Jul 2017

In Australia, local councils and communities have long been at the forefront of climate action, continuing their efforts, despite periods of instability and inaction at the state and federal climate policy level. In recent times, shires, towns and cities have stepped up their efforts and profile...

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Research report

08 Feb 2017

KEY FINDINGS

1. Climate change is influencing all extreme weather events in Australia.

  • All extreme weather events are now occurring in an atmosphere that is warmer and wetter than it was in the 1950s.
  • Heatwaves are becoming hotter, lasting longer and occurring more
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18 Jan 2017

KEY FINDINGS

1. Climate change is increasing the risk of bushfires in Victoria and lengthening fire seasons.

  • Extreme fire weather has increased since the 1970s in the east and south of Australia, including Victoria, with the fire season length
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Research report

08 Dec 2016

This report provides an update to the previous Climate Council report on bushfire risk and NSW and the ACT.

We begin this report by describing the background context of fire and its history in NSW and the ACT. We then outline the link between bushfires and climate change, before...

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09 Aug 2016

Key findings:

1. Rural and regional communities are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.

  • Climate change is worsening extreme weather events such as bushfires and drought and rural and regional communities will continue to be disproportionately affected
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19 Nov 2015

Australia’s bushfire preparedness is under threat from climate change as bushfire seasons here and in the Northern Hemisphere increasingly overlap, putting new demands on critical shared firefighting aircraft.

This report had found that the length of the fire season increased by almost 19...

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16 Mar 2015

Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of heatwaves in Western Australia and driving up the likelihood of very high fire danger weather.

  • Western Australia is experiencing a long-term increase in average temperatures and in 2014 the state recorded
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08 Dec 2014

Firefighters, emergency services and communities need to prepare for much greater bushfire risk from climate change, argues this report.

Key findings
1. Climate change is increasing the risk of bushfires in Victoria and lengthening the fire season.

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14 Feb 2014

Introduction:  Heatwaves are one of the most important climate-related risks for Australians.

The extreme heat in Melbourne that plagued the 2014 Australian Open Tennis Tournament and the record-breaking heat in large areas of Queensland this summer reminded us of the...

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