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Sydney air pollution alert issued as temperature heads to 38C

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The air-quality forecast for Sydney’s metropolitan area on Tuesday is ‘poor’, denoting a score of 100-149 on the Air Quality Index. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

High ozone levels trigger air quality alert with health department warning asthma sufferers to be prepared and limit exposure

January 10, 2017 — An air pollution alert has been issued for Sydney residents due to a high level of ozone, already exceeding government standards for the entire year.  Continue reading Sydney air pollution alert issued as temperature heads to 38C

Melbourne records its hottest March night since records began

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The all-time record until Tuesday night was 26.9C, recorded on 18 March in 2008. Photograph: David Crosling/AAP
Temperatures hovered around 30°C for most of Tuesday night, after reaching a daytime peak of 38.9°C

March 9, 2016 — Melbourne sweltered through its hottest March night on record on Tuesday, hovering around 30°C after reaching a peak of 38.6°C in the city at 5pm.

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Natural disasters costing Australia 50% more than estimated

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The social devastation resulting from bushfires, flooding and earthquakes can last for years, if not decades, reports have shown. Photograph: Joe Castro/AAP
Reports find increases in family violence and mental health problems due to stress of natural disasters outweighs cost of rebuilding infrastructure

March 1, 2016 — The cost of natural disasters in Australia is 50% more than previously estimated– $9bn in 2015 – and is set to increase to $33bn by 2050 even ignoring the effect of climate Continue reading Natural disasters costing Australia 50% more than estimated