Prepare for extended severe weather seasons

Australia needs to prepare itself for the threat of year-round natural hazards that in the past were associated only with the summer months. This is the view of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, whose CEO Dr Richard Thornton has…

Assessing and disclosing climate change risks

In light of underwhelming progress at COP-24 (the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference Of the Parties (COP) in Katowice 2018), it is increasingly improbable the Paris Agreement’s ambitions will be achieved. Instead, it seems more…

Asia and Africa most vulnerable to disasters and their effects

The Natural Hazards Vulnerability Index from risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft has Identified that countries and mega-cities across Asia are highly exposed to natural hazards ranging from cyclones to earthquakes, but people in sub-Saharan Africa are more vulnerable. Nearly 1.4 billion…

To Burn or Not to Burn?

Australia has a long and continuing history of burning in its forests to reduce fuels and maintain biodiversity. However, the debate over prescribed burning targets has been an ongoing one for almost as long as the practice has been conducted.…

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