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Global heat records broken for a third year in a row

Worldwide heat records have been broken again, with 2016 declared the hottest for a third consecutive year, a new Climate Council report has revealed.New global temperature data from NOAA, NASA and the UK Met Office released overnight have shown that 2016 continued the worsening long-term heat trend.…

​New report shows bushfires will get worse for Victoria

Victoria is on the brink of an extreme bushfire season as climate change continues to intensify bushfire risk, a new Climate Council report reveals.The economic toll of Victoria’s bushfires is projected to more than double by 2050, with the state bearing the brunt of Australia’s economic losses from bushfires, the report finds.…

​Clean energy investment cracks $4.2 billion in Australia

The Australian Capital Territory has paved the way for a dramatic bounce back in Australia’s clean energy investment market, thanks to renewable energy target policies and incentives. Bloomberg New Energy Finance data released overnight shows investment in clean energy totalled more than $4.…

2016 named Australia's fourth-warmest year on record

The fingerprints of climate change can be found all over Australia’s record-breaking year in 2016, the Climate Council said today.The Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement shows a number of records were broken throughout 2016, from land, ocean and seasonal temperatures, through to above average rainfall.…

Australia's emissions continue to rise

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have jumped for a second consecutive year, despite global emissions flat lining, according to the Federal Government’s latest figures.The Climate Council’s Professor Will Steffen said he wasn’t surprised Australia’s emissions had risen by 0.…

New Report: Bushfires to intensify in NSW, ACT

New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are bracing for another severe bushfire season, as climate change continues to drive extreme conditions, a new Climate Council report has revealed. The ‘Climate Change and the NSW and ACT Bushfire Threat’ report finds the economic cost of bushfires in the NSW and ACT is approximately …

Newly released Reef plan fails the reef and us

The Climate Council has blasted the official response to this year’s devastating coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef as not being grounded in science. The Federal and Queensland governments today released their update to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on the reef’s health and government actions.…

Climate change 'invisible illness' choking the health system

Australia can expect more extreme weather events that place pressure on the health sector under a changing climate, the Climate Council said today.Hospitals in Melbourne were overwhelmed yesterday after a mass incident of ‘thunderstorm asthma’.The Climate Council’s recently released report Super-charged storms in Australia: The Influence of…

Emissions to jump under Baird's land clearing laws

Australia’s rising carbon emissions are expected to rise even further after the Baird Government successfully passed its controversial land clearing legislation in New South Wales Parliament today.The new “biodiversity laws” are set to replace the state’s Native Vegetation Act, originally created to protect forest and land from extensive…

2016 on track for World's Hottest Year on Record

Another year, another record smashed, with 2016 set to become the world’s hottest on record, according to a new annual forecast.The World Meteorological Organization’s preliminary statement on global climate shows temperatures soared between January and September, reaching 0.88°C above the long-term average (1961-1990).…

Climate change fuelling more intense and damaging storms: new report

Climate change is fuelling more intense and damaging storms in Australia with powerful consequences for Australia’s critical infrastructure, a new Climate Council report has found. The report, released weeks after a violent storm knocked out South Australia’s electricity network, finds Australia is highly vulnerable to increasingly intense storms, …

Australia left behind on anniversary of global climate agreement: new report

Australia has been left behind as countries and businesses accelerate action on climate change after the historic global agreement one year ago, a new Climate Council report has revealed. The report, Towards Morocco: Tracking Global Climate Progress since Paris provides a detailed snapshot of global action on climate change in the last 12 months.…

Climate change driving many trends in BOM report

New data released by the Bureau of Meteorology has the fingerprints of climate change all over it, the Climate Council said today.The State of the Climate report reveals Australia’s mean surface air temperature and surrounding sea surface temperature have both warmed by around 1°C since 1910.…

Historic milestone: renewables now largest source of installed power in the world

RENEWABLES surpassed coal last year to become the largest source of installed power in the world, new International Energy Agency data has revealed. The historic milestone prompted the IEA to significantly boost its five-year forecast for renewables growth amid sharp cost reduction and significant policy support in key countries.…

AEMO has questions to answer

Australia's energy regulator has questions to answer about why they didn’t take more steps ahead of the destructive SA storms to reduce the risk of blackout, the Climate Council said today. Andrew Stock, a 40-year energy veteran and Climate Council councillor, said AEMO’s report made it clear that the storm brought down South Australia’s…

2016 on track to become the warmest year on record

This year is likely to become the warmest on record globally for the third year in a row, new data has revealed. The first nine months of 2016 have been the warmest on record, at an astonishing 0.99°C above average, according to the latest data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).…

Major agreement paves the way for world's single biggest contribution to limiting climate change

A landmark new global agreement to slash the world’s fast-growing greenhouse gas, commonly found in air conditioners and refrigerators, has been struck in Rwanda.Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC’s) replaced chloroflurocarbons (CFC’s) when countries resolved to end the use of the CFCs under the Montreal Protocol after it was established that CFCs were…

Experts agree at roundtable that Australia must modernise its energy system

Energy experts attending today’s roundtable in South Australia, convened by the state government, agree that Australia must modernise its energy system with renewable energy to play a critical role.The discussions were held in Adelaide ahead of tomorrow’s COAG meeting for state and federal energy ministers.…

Australia missing in action as world ratifies Paris climate accord

The world may have ratified the Paris accord but Australia is sorely missing in action, the Climate Council said today.In the most significant step to date towards limiting global warming the Paris agreement was formally ratified overnight when more than 70 countries (representing more than 55 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions) formally…

Severe storm triggers blackout: AEMO preliminary report

The severe storm that ravaged South Australia triggered the statewide electricity network blackout according to a preliminary report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).In its preliminary report released today, AEMO outlines the extraordinary stress put on the South Australian electricity system as high winds, thunderstorms, lightning…