Insurers urge Morrison to take on climate action

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General insurers have lost no time in calling on the re-elected Morrison government to put a “greater focus” on natural disaster mitigation following the Coalition’s shock win in Saturday’s federal election. In a statement congratulating Prime Minister Scott […]

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Slowing climate change could reverse drying in the subtropics

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As the planet warms, subtropical regions of the Southern Hemisphere, including parts of southern Australia and southern Africa, are drying. These trends include major drought events such as Cape Town’s “Day Zero” in 2018. Climate projections suggest this […]

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Deluge & drought: Water security in a changing climate

Landscape view of farmland near Bruce Rock in the Western Australian wheat belt. 1981. (Source: Willem van Aken)

Water is essential for life. It shapes where and how we live, determines the availability of food and other services that underpin human well-being and is crucial for healthy natural ecosystems. Yet in Australia and globally the water […]

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The drought relief dilemma

Canola crop during harvest on farm near Binalong, NSW, also shows trees in landscape. (Source: Gregory Heath).

Two years ago we were celebrating just about the best year for farmers ever. Now many farmers – particularly in New South Wales and southern Queensland – are in the grip of drought. It underlines just how variable […]

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South-East Queensland is droughtier and floodier than we thought

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New data recording the past 1,500 years of flows in the Brisbane River have revealed that South-East Queensland’s climate – once assumed to be largely stable – is in fact highly variable. Until now, we have only had access to […]

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Recent Australian droughts may be the worst in 800 years

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Australia is a continent defined by extremes, and recent decades have seen some extraordinary climate events. But droughts, floods, heatwaves, and fires have battered Australia for millennia. Are recent extreme events really worse than those in the past? […]

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