Tag: Australia weather

Australia records fourth-warmest year in 2020, despite La Niña

Climate scientist says another top 10 year is a ‘no shit, Sherlock’ moment, as temperatures across the country were 1.15C above average Last year was the fourth warmest on record for Australia, continuing a run of record warm years over the past decade, according to provisional data released by the Bureau of Meteorology. Across the […]

Murray-Darling mismanagement: floods, water theft, and Burke and Wills’s camels

The basin has faced challenges throughout history but the system designed to protect it does not factor in a changing climate This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 One hundred and fifty years ago Ludwig Becker, a member of the Burke and Wills expedition, did […]

Water-bombing pilots ‘consistently tasked too late’ when fighting bushfires, royal commission hears

Aircraft chief describes frustration at losing vital time while inquiry also told firefighter radios in different areas ‘largely incompatible’ Pilots flying water-bombing aircraft are “consistently tasked too late for fires” and sit idle on the tarmac until conditions worsen, the royal commission into national natural disaster arrangements has been told. The inquiry also heard that […]

Australia’s severe bushfire season was predicted and will be repeated, inquiry told

Forecasts that turned out to be accurate were made available to governments and fire agencies in the middle of 2019 The fires that caused 33 deaths, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, and burned more than 10m hectares of bushland were accurately predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology and in line with predictions Australia’s peak scientific […]

Climate crisis cutting short Australia’s winters and extending summers

New report from Australia Institute says trend will bring with it longer and hotter bushfires, more heatwaves and crop damage Australia’s summers are getting longer and winters have become shorter as a result of global heating, according to a new report from the Australia Institute. The discussion paper, to be released on Monday, said that […]

This is the age of the megafire – and it’s being fuelled by our leaders | Tim Flannery

In the face of the climate disaster it helped create, the Australian government has given us only lies and denial Unprecedented wildfires have recently devastated California, the Amazon, southern Europe, Siberia and Australia. It’s safe to say that we’ve entered the era of the climate-fuelled megafire. But because fire conditions depend on local vegetation, topography […]

Australia bushfires live: NSW and Victoria survey damage as fires merge to form new ‘megablaze’ – latest updates

Firefighters and property owner among those injured as megablaze burns on both sides of the Murray River in the Snowy Mountains and upper Murray region 12.37am GMT Anthony Albanese spoke to reporters in Sydney a short time ago about his proposal to suspend the ordinary business of parliament on 4 February, the first sitting day […]

Australia fires live: NSW and Victoria bushfires insurance bill tops $700m – latest updates

Rain falls on some NSW, Victorian and South Australian bushfire-affected areas, but worse fire conditions are forecast to return. Follow all today’s latest news and live updates 11.58pm GMT Anthony Albanese was asked about one of Eden-Monaro MP Mike Kelly’s proposals for a war-like mobilisation in response to the climate crisis, while on Studio Ten […]

Rising temperatures could imperil future of Boxing Day Test cricket, report warns

Event may need to be played at night or in shoulder season as climate crisis exposes players and fans to unprecedented levels of extreme heat The Melbourne Boxing Day Test may have to be played at night or moved away from Christmas to November or March as the number of extreme heat days rises over […]

NSW and SA fires live: volunteer firefighters call for support as Australia’s bushfires crisis continues – latest

The president of the NSW Volunteer Fire Fighters Association says the situation on the ground is ‘out of control’ as he calls for volunteers to receive expenses. Follow latest news and updates 10.38pm GMT We have updated our map showing the scale of the bushfire crisis in NSW and Queensland. The total area burned in […]