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Australia’s record-breaking winter beats average highs by 2C, Climate Council says

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‘The difference between 33C and 36C can be quite oppressive,’ says teacher Shaun Burgess in Bidyadanga, WA. Photograph: Sam Tinson/Rex Features

‘Less of an opportunity to clear the mind,’ is the verdict from Bidyadanga, where winter highs of 33°C were replaced by 36°C as records tumbled across the country

September 18, 2017 — It’s always hot in Bidyadanga but a few degrees can make a big difference in the remote Aboriginal community, about 190km south of Broome in Western Australia. Continue reading Australia’s record-breaking winter beats average highs by 2C, Climate Council says

A human-made calamity on par with the razing of Palmyra’s temples

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Before the inferno: giant cushion plants beneath ancient pencil pines in the Walls of Jerusalem national park. Photograph: Ashley Whitworth/Alamy
As 1,000-year-old trees turn to ash and dried-out peat bogs burn, the devastation of these precious plains is a harbinger of a warmer, far less wonderful world

March 9, 2016 —It is a three-hour, thigh-torturing climb to reach Tasmania’s high central plateau. Ancient myrtle rainforests flank the slopes. In years gone by, springs and streams gushed from the Continue reading A human-made calamity on par with the razing of Palmyra’s temples

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

Australia bushfires raze ancient World Heritage-listed forests

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LOST FOREVER? World Heritage-listed forests that trace their origins back to the supercontinent Gondwana have been burnt by Australian bushfires raging for more than two weeks, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Photo by Warren Frey/Tasmania Fire Service/AFP
One of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world, the Tasmanian Wilderness is part of the World Heritage list because of its significant natural and cultural values

SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 30, 2016) — World Heritage-listed forests whose origins pre-date the age of the dinosaurs are being destroyed by raging Australian bushfires, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever.

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Effects of dry spell in Zamboanga City continue to worsen

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DREADED DROUGHT. Rice farmers are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of the ongoing El Niño.
Local officials fear that apart from rivers drying up and crops being damaged, El Niño will cause bush fires

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 15, 2016) — After passing a resolution declaring a state of calamity in Zamboanga City on Tuesday, January 11, local officials have started finding ways on how to cope with the continuing dry-spell in their city.

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Firefighters contain deadly Australian bushfire

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A handout frame grab taken from a video footage made available by the Western Australia (WA)’s Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) on January 11, 2016 shows a general view of bushfires affecting the Shires of Harvey and Waroona in Western Australia, Australia, January 9, 2016. Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife/EPA
The fire, one of the worst to hit the region in recent years, destroyed 143 properties

PERTH, Australia (Jan. 11, 2016) — Cooler temperatures and easing winds Monday, January 11, helped firefighters contain a bushfire that killed two people and razed 143 properties, with clean-up efforts getting underway.

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Two dead as firefighters battle huge Australia bushfire

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BLAZE. Firefighters battle a fire near Yarloop in Western Australia in this photo taken on January 7, 2016. Agence France-Presse photo /Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Bushfires during Australia’s hot summer season have now claimed a total of 8 lives

PERTH, Australia (Jan. 10, 2016) — Two people have died and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, Australian authorities said Sunday, January 10, as firefighters battled to tame the out-of-control blaze.

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