This report argues that significant impacts on and risks to Australia's water security are already evident, and these risks will continue to escalate unless deep and rapid reductions in global greenhouse gas pollution can be achieved.
The combination of the projected rise in extreme heat as a result of global warming and the high levels of humidity at the Gold Coast present a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of the region’s population.
As the climate warms, the number of extreme temperature days is increasing. While Roma is known for its warm weather and hot days, the average number of over 35 and over 40 degree days has increased considerably in recent years and is forecast to increase...
As the climate warms, the number of extremely hot days is increasing. While Rockhampton is known for the consistency of its warm summer weather, the number of extremely hot days (over 35 degrees) has been relatively low. The average number of over 35 degree days...
The effects of global warming and climate disruption are only two of a series of issues facing Pacific Island nations. Increasing GHGs and planetary temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather events are potentially catastrophic for these low-lying islands.
To understand the implications for Australia's infrastructure, this report examines the evidence received about recent changes to the climate system, terrestrial environment and the marine environment that are relevant when considering future challenges for housing, buildings and infrastructure.
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...
Climate change appears to be increasing the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events, negatively affecting communities as well as posing long-term sustainability challenges to insurance (risk transfer) mechanisms.
There would be little disagreement over the media’s crucial role in reporting extreme weather events and natural hazards, which have become more commonplace in Pacific Island Countries (PICs). However, for various reasons explored in this article, the media have generally failed to satisfactorily cover the...
Pacific Island states are planning a new resilience fund to pay for retrofitting vital infrastructure in the face of extreme weather and climate impacts.
And their peak body, the Pacific Islands Forum, is getting advice from Australia's treasury and finance officials on how to...
More record-breaking heat was experienced around the world in 2017, with the year joining 2014, 2015 and 2016 as the four hottest years ever recorded in the 138-year global temperature archive.
The heavy downpours across south-east Australia are yet another reminder of how extreme weather events place lives, property and critical infrastructure at risk. This briefing paper describes the influence of climate change on extreme rainfall.
This report provides evidence regarding potential financial and health implications of electricity pricing and 'price signal' messaging for heat vulnerable households.
This review, commissioned after equipment at two locations (Thredbo and Goulburn) failed to record the temperature when it dropped below -10.4 degrees Celsius in July 2017, found that the site hardware was unsuitable at very low temperatures.
This report examines events in March 2017, where large areas of the Plane Basin in the Mackay region received very heavy rainfall associated with ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.
Many parts of Australia have been experiencing a long-running heatwave, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees in some areas. So what impact is this having on schools? And is it time for the government to roll out a national policy on heat protection?
In this updated report, it is now known that five system faults occurred within a period of 88 seconds on 28 September 2016, leading to six voltage disturbances.
Data now shows that nine of the 13 wind farms online at the time of the...
On September 27, a vicious low pressure system developed in the Great Australian Bight. As it rotated, the ‘mid-latitude cyclone’ sucked cold air up from the frigid Southern Ocean, pushing a cold front towards South Australia with 100 km/h winds.
The storm smashed into...