Climate change’s signature was writ large on Australia’s crazy summer of 2017

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Australia’s summer is officially over, and it’s certainly been a weird one. The centre and east of the continent have had severe heat with many temperature records falling, particularly in New South Wales and Queensland. For much of […]

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Australia’s 2016 environment scorecard: rains return but in some cases too late

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After several dry years, vegetation across much of Australia received much-needed rains in 2016. But this broad pattern of improvement belies some major environmental damage in parts of the country – particularly in Tasmania, which was scorched by […]

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Meet El Niño’s cranky uncle that could send global warming into hyperdrive

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You’ve probably heard about El Niño, the climate system that brings dry and often hotter weather to Australia over summer. You might also know that climate change is likely to intensify drought conditions, which is one of the […]

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