The projected rise in extremely hot days as a result of global warming presents a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of the Queensland community.
There has already been a clear increase in numbers of these extreme heat days over recent decades, as demonstrated in our profiles on:
- The Gold Coast;
- The Sunshine Coast;
- The Whitsundays; and
New research shows that Queensland is set to experience more climate chaos, including more summers with a dramatic increase in extreme heat days – like in Brisbane, where days over 35C would go from a historical average of two per year, to up to 45 days per year by 2090.
The report, written by The Australia Institute using CRSIO and BoM data, shows that such increases in extreme heat days will severely affect many key metropolitan and regional centres throughout Queensland such as Brisbane, Townsville, Rockhampton, the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays.
by Ebony Bennett
[Originally published in The Canberra Times, 01 June 2019]
I come not to bury polls, but to praise them. While everyone - including the polling companies it seems - was shocked by the election results, the media and the public are learning the same lessons that political parties have had to. And it's a hard one: polling is just a tool.
by Richard Denniss
[Originally Published on Guardian Australia, 29 May 2019]
While Australian political debate has never seemed more sharply divided, the philosophical lines between left and right have never seemed more blurred.
A broad range of Australian business and industry representatives have written a letter supporting changes to the country’s energy rules that would allow demand response aggregators to enter the National Energy Market.
The proposed change would allow companies to pay households, farms and businesses to reduce their use of energy, instead of turning on more expensive generators, when demand and wholesale prices are high.
by Ebony Bennett
[Originally published in the Canberra Times, 17 May 2019]
Bob Hawke is perhaps credited most often for his economic reforms, but he also leaves a tremendous legacy of protecting Earth's wilderness.
Without Bob Hawke, Antarctica would be a quarry, Tasmania's iconic Franklin River would be flooded and Queensland's Daintree rainforest would be a timber plantation.
As the world grapples with the urgent threat of global warming, it's worth reflecting on Hawke's environmental legacy in particular.