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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.
Much has been said about the impacts of climate change on Australia’s neighbours in the Pacific, and how increases in temperature, extreme weather events and changes to crops and livestock vailability will inevitably impact the lives of all Australians. But what of the inequality of...
Attribution of extreme events is a challenging science and one that is currently undergoing considerable evolution. In this paper, 20 different research groups explored the causes of 16 different events that occurred in 2013. The findings indicate that human-caused climate change greatly increased the risk...
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.
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...
Increasing extreme heat will have profound impacts on people, industries and ecosystems in Western Sydney. CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology projections estimate that the average number of days over 35 could increase by up to five times without strong climate policies from a historical average...
This report argues that the projected rise in extremely hot days because of global warming presents a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of the Adelaide community. Adelaide already has the highest heatwave death rate of any major Australian city.
This research shows that Queensland is set to experience more climate chaos, including more summers with a dramatic increase in extreme heat days – like in Brisbane, where days over 35C would go from a historical average of two per year, to up to 45...