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A supercharged climate: rain bombs, flash flooding and destruction

The record-breaking and relentless deluge that has flooded towns and cities in Queensland and New South Wales is one of the most extreme disasters in Australian history. This report explains how climate change is intensifying extreme rainfall and how the frequency of these events is...
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From Paris to Glasgow: a world on the move

In the lead-up to COP26, there has been a rapid and irreversible shift in the global politics surrounding climate change. As the world's leaders head towards crucial negotiations in Glasgow, this report takes stock of the world’s response to the climate crisis and what Australia...
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Neighbourhood issue: climate costs and risks to councils

No community within Australia remains untouched by climate change. As the level of government closest to the community, councils are at the heart of responding to climate impacts. When disaster strikes, local governments work closely with communities to cope and respond. The findings and case...
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Aim high, go fast: why emissions need to plummet this decade

For decades, climate scientists have issued dire warnings about what is at stake and what is required to curb global warming. Yet global temperatures continue to rise, along with damage caused by extreme weather events. This report is the Climate Council’s science-backed vision for what...
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Game, set, match: calling time on climate inaction

Sport is a major part of Australian culture. Every weekend, millions of Australians participate in or watch sport. The report describes the influence of climate change on extreme weather events, with a specific focus on how each type of event can affect specific sports.