Increasing extreme heat will have profound impacts on people, industries and ecosystems in Western Sydney. CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology projections estimate that the average number of days over 35 could increase by up to five times without strong climate policies from a historical average of 11 up to 52 days by 2090. Some parts of Western Sydney will experience even more extreme heat days.
Extreme heat days over 35 degrees are projected to increase five-fold in Western Sydney, from 11 days per year to up to a staggering 52 days per year by 2090, according to new analysis from The Australia Institute’s HeatWatch initiative.
This landmark Western Sydney HeatWatch report from The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program serves as the official launch of the national HeatWatch initiative in time for Summer. HeatWatch uses CSRIO-BoM modelling to show how areas to the west of Sydney will get hotter for longer with locations like Richmond expected to reach up to 67 extreme heat days by 2090.
The 10th annual ‘Go Home On Time Day’ report by The Australia Institute's Centre for Future Work estimates that Australian employees will work 3.2 billion hours of unpaid overtime for their employers this year, worth an estimated $106 billion in foregone wages.
A national survey undertaken as part of the report has shown that the average Australian worker now puts in six hours of unpaid overtime per week, which equates to working an extra two months for free every year. That’s an increase from 5.1 hours on average in last year’s survey.
New analysis from The Australia Institute has shown that the different designs of various anti-corruption bodies at a State level yield significantly different results and has reinforced the need for a proposed Federal body to have adequate resourcing and powers.
A panel of former judges that make up The Australia Institute’s National Integrity Committee have supported the report and are calling for the establishment of a National Integrity Commission with broad jurisdiction and strong investigative powers, including public hearings.
“A watchdog with no teeth would be a terrible outcome,” Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute, said.
The Australia Institute made a submission to the Senate inquiry into the indicators of, and impact of, regional inequality in Australia.
- High-income households and Liberal held electorates are the biggest beneficiaries of negative gearing.
- Key Findings:Negative gearing primarily benefits high income households
- Young are the biggest losers from negative gearing
- Liberal held electorates the biggest winners fromnegative gearing
New analysis from The Australia Institute shows that the biggest winners of negative gearing are high income earners and Liberal Party held electorates, meanwhile it presents a double-hit for under 40s who are the biggest losers.
The Australia Institute apologises for the delay in publishing the October National Energy Emissions Audit, which was due to internal considerations. The November National Energy Emissions Audit is currently being prepared and will be released on time.
The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program has released the latest National Energy Emissions Audit for the electricity sector (The Audit*) covering September 2018.
The Audit shows that Australia’s emissions continue to increase, being driven by growing LNG exports, greater diesel use in transport and increases in agriculture and waste emissions
The combination of the projected rise in extreme heat as a result of global warming and the high levels of humidity at the Gold Coast present a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of the region’s population.
The Gold Coast has historically experienced a relatively pleasant climate with only around one day over 35 degrees per year. However, the amount of these extreme heat days could increase up to a projected 34 days by 2090. At temperatures above 35 degrees the human body’s ability to cool itself reduces, making it a common benchmark temperature for occupational health and safety experts, academic and government agencies.
Dramatic increases in extreme heat days, combined with high humidity and the urban heat island effect present an increasing threat to the health and wellbeing of Gold Coast residents.
The Australia Institute’s new HeatWatch initiative, which uses CSIRO–BoM modelling, shows that the number of extreme heat days (over 35C) experienced on the Gold Coast could increase up to thirty times current levels and that up to almost half summer nights could remain above 25 degrees by 2090.