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Heat-related mortality tends to be associated with heatwaves that do not allow for sufficient acclimatisation to hot temperatures. In contrast, damage functions and most heatwave emergency response plans do not account for acclimatisation. Using an excess heat measure that accounts for acclimatisation, this paper produces...
The human drama of climate change will largely be played out in Asia, where over 60 per cent of the world’s population, around four billion people, live. Over half of those live near the coast, making them directly vulnerable to sea-level rise. Disruption to the...
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recently begun talking about the challenge of 'climate security', and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has said that “Global climate change must take its place alongside the threats of conflict, poverty and the...
Delaying action to mitigate climate change increases the risk that adverse climate change impacts, including possibly irreversible changes, will occur before greenhouse gas concentrations can be stabilised at a desired level, according to this research paper. The likely consequences of unmitigated climate change present serious...
Australia’s two lead climate science agencies – the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology - have produced a snapshot of the state of the climate to update Australians about how their climate has changed and what it means. (6 pages)
Changes observed include:Highly...
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commits developed countries to provide assistance to ‘developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change in meeting the costs of adaptation.’
Although recent commitments of ‘fast-start’...
The CSIRO has released new research saying that Australia is getting hotter than the rest of the world, and that extreme weather events will be more common.
The report is the organisation's most detailed and comprehensive climate projection to date, and shows a doubling...
CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology have released climate change projections for Australia that provide updated national and regional information on how the climate may change to the end of the 21st century.
The projections are the most comprehensive ever released for Australia and...
As a Nobel Prize winner, I travel the world meeting all kinds of people.
Most of the policy, business and political leaders I meet immediately apologise for their lack of knowledge of science.
Except when it comes to climate science. Whenever this subject...
A record-breaking start to autumn has smashed temperature records all over Australia.
Heat records were broken again in early 2016 as the climate sends us yet another disturbing wake-up call.
In Australia, the start of 2016 brought heatwaves and...