The Critical Decade: Extreme Weather

Climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of many extreme weather events, adversely affecting Australians. Record-breaking weather is becoming more common around the world.

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There is a high risk that extreme weather events like heatwaves, heavy rainfall, bushfires and cyclones will become even more intense in Australia over the coming decades. Climate change is making extreme events worse in terms of their impacts on people, property, communities and the environment. We need to take rapid, effective action on climate change to respond to these risks and stabilise the climate.

  1. Climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of many extreme weather events, adversely affecting Australians. Extreme events occur naturally and weather records are broken from time to time. However, climate change is influencing these events and record-breaking weather is becoming more common around the world.
  2. Climate change is making many extreme events worse in terms of their impacts on people, property, communities and the environment. This highlights the need to take rapid, effective action on climate change.
  3. The climate system has shifted, and is continuing to shift, changing the conditions for all weather, including extreme weather events.
  4. There is a high risk that extreme weather events like heatwaves, heavy rainfall, bushfires and cyclones will become even more intense in Australia over the coming decades.
  5. Only strong preventive action now and in the coming years can stabilise the climate and halt the trend of increasing extreme weather for our children and grandchildren.

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