BOM: 2019 was the hottest summer ever

This summer has been truly exceptional. The warmest summer on record. There have been fires, floods, heatwaves, cyclones, dust storms and snow. Now, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says there is little relief on the way this autumn.

Key points:

  • 2018/2019 was the hottest summer on record

  • Above average autumn temperatures expected throughout

  • Dry autumn expected for eastern Australia

The BOM's autumn outlook has been released and it confirms all of the things we didn't want to hear:

  • summer broke the temperature record;

  • apart from the flooding rains in Queensland it was very dry;

  • autumn is looking warm and dry in the east; and

  • the autumn break could be delayed.

Click on the image to access the ABC report .

Compound Costs: How Climate Change is Damaging Australia's Economy

The Climate Council’s report, ‘Compound Costs: How Climate Change is Damaging Australia’s Economy’, finds there are few forces affecting the Australian economy that can match the scale, persistence and systemic risk associated with climate change.

Australia’s financial regulators have recently made a call for action to deal with climate change, with the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission citing risks posed by climate change as a central concern for the economy and financial stability.

As the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia noted, the risks that climate change poses to the Australian economy are “ first order” and have knock-on implications for macroeconomic policy (Debelle 2019).

Click on the image to download the report.

Paying the Right Price for Energy Efficiency


New research from Melbourne School of Design finds that people in the ACT - where mandatory energy efficiency ratings have been in place for house sales and rentals for 10 years - are willing to pay more for energy efficient housing, making the case for a mandatory national rating system for existing homes.

This article was first published on Pursuit. Read the original article. The research paper is available only to subscribers via this link.

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Current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure


This report by the Federal Senate examines the current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, accounting for the full range of projected climate scenarios, having regard to matters, including:

  1. recent and projected changes in sea level rises, and storm surge intensity;

  2. recent and projected changes in temperature and precipitation;

  3. recent and projected changes in extreme weather, including heatwaves, bushfires, floods, and cyclones;

  4. recent and projected changes in natural coastal defence systems including coral reefs, kelp and mangrove forests;

  5. the impact of these changes on the vulnerability of infrastructure in coastal areas;

  6. the impact of these changes on water supply and sewage treatment systems;

  7. the impact of these changes on transportation, including railways, roads and airports;

  8. the impact of these changes on energy infrastructure, including generators and transmission and distribution lines;

  9. the impact of these changes on health, education and social services infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and aged care;

  10. the impact of these changes on private and public housing;

  11. the impact of these changes on public recreation and tourism facilities;

  12. the impact on financing and insurance arrangements for housing, buildings and infrastructure;

  13. the adequacy of current state and Commonwealth policies to assess, plan and implement adaptation plans and improved resilience of infrastructure; and

  14. any other related matters.


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