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'Brace for more extremes'The Australian | 05 Apr 2011
A warmer Australia may face fewer storms like this year's devastating Cyclone Yasi but they could be more intense, extreme weather experts said today. And Australians need to look beyond the experiences of their own lifetimes when preparing for extreme weather events like floods, fires and cyclones in the future.
Tim Flannery quits climate change bodyThe Australian | 05 Mar 2011
The Federal Government has extended the life of its Coasts and Climate Change Council, but respected environmental scientist Tim Flannery has stepped down as chairman.
Australian farmers key to climate change fight: adviserReuters | 01 Mar 2011
Australian farmers could be major winners from plans to put a price on carbon emissions, particularly as other countries also move to curb greenhouse gas pollution, the nation's top climate adviser Ross Garnaut said Tuesday.
Climate change to drive up food prices: expertReuters | 01 Mar 2011
Global food prices are likely to keep rising as production struggles to match demand and extreme weather events become more frequent, a climate-change advisor to the Australian government said on Wednesday.
Eco-car drives like the wind across AustraliaGuardian Unlimited | 27 Feb 2011
A pair of inventive eco-sportsmen have driven across Australia using mostly wind power. Every now and then pioneering science offers up a solution to one of the world's many intractable problems that is as elegant and unexpected as it is brilliantly bonkers. The Wind Explorer is a perfect example. Earlier this month, extreme eco sportsmen Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer drove - or rather sailed or possibly even piloted – their unique wind-powered vehicle into Sydney.
Australia government to set carbon price from mid-2012Reuters | 24 Feb 2011
Australia's government launched a third attempt on Thursday to make carbon polluters pay for their emissions, unveiling plans for a fixed-price scheme from 2012 and vowing not to surrender this time in the face of fierce opposition.
Australia aims to delink economic growth and pollutionReuters | 09 Feb 2011
Soaring carbon emissions mean Australia must put a price on carbon and invest more in clean energy to ensure a growing economy does not have to mean growing fossil-fuel pollution, the climate change minister said on Wednesday.
Why Australia's extreme weather isn't so extremeGuardian Unlimited | 09 Feb 2011
Global warming theory says cyclones, flooding and droughts will become more commonplace - and it's already happening. Going by the first six weeks, 2011 has not been a good year to live in Queensland, Australia. In the first fortnight, we experienced heavy downpours, culminating in the south-east floods which killed 22. While we were still mopping up the damage, one of the biggest cyclones in our history hit the north Queensland coast.
WeatherwatchGuardian Unlimited | 08 Feb 2011
Severe tropical cyclone Yasi struck the north-east coast of Queensland last Wednesday. Yasi was the most powerful cyclone to hit the east coast of Australia since 1918, and it made landfall at Mission Beach as a category 5 storm with wind gusts of 180mph, cutting power to over 180,000 properties and destroying homes. Agriculture suffered major losses, as the storm wiped out 90% of Australia's banana crop and caused an estimated A$500m (£315m) of damage to the sugar industry.
Australian carbon emissions set to rise: governmentReuters | 08 Feb 2011
Australian remained on track to meet its Kyoto Protocol goal to curb carbon emissions, but strong international demand for the country's coal and gas would see a marked rise in emissions unless more action was taken, the government said on Wednesday.
Weather extremes are growing trend in Northern Australia, corals showScienceDaily.com | 08 Feb 2011
The extreme rain events that have caused flooding across northern Australia may become an increasingly familiar occurrence, new research suggests. The study uses the growth patterns in near-shore corals to determine which summers brought more rain than others, creating a centuries-long rainfall record for northern Australia.
Australian disasters spark call for climate actionReuters | 04 Feb 2011
An architect of Australia's stalled climate-change policy has linked the nation's recent natural disasters with global warming and called for a new political push to cut carbon emissions.
Cyclone Yasi's arrival in Queensland propels sugar prices to record highGuardian Unlimited | 02 Feb 2011
Analysts say half of state's crop could be destroyed - and weather will also severely disrupt exports of coal, copper and tin. Cyclone Yasi pushed global commodity prices to record highs and will exact a heavy toll on the world economy and the state of Queensland, City analysts warned today.The price of sugar hit a 30-year high in New York as analysts warned that up to half the state's crop this year could be destroyed by the cyclone.