Climate Change Buoying Wildfires Across Country

Intense weather including storms, droughts and wildfires has racked America recently. Are they symptoms of climate change or is it just a hot summer? Robert Siegel talks to Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Protecting human health and safety during severe and extreme heat events: A national framework

Heatwaves kill more Australians than any other natural disasters. They have received far less public attention than cyclone, flood or bushfire – they are private, silent deaths which only hit the media when morgues reach capacity or infrastructure fails. There has never been a national study which uses a common definition of heatwaves and directly comparable mortality data. Australia has no national heatwave plan. This report remedies these deficiencies and recommends strategies for the national, state and local governments as well as for citizens.

The Effects of Extreme Heat on Population Health in Australia

Numerous studies have associated high ambient temperatures with adverse health outcomes. Extreme environmental heat can trigger the onset of acute conditions as well as exacerbate a range of underlying illnesses. Due to stresses placed on the body’s thermoregulatory mechanisms, failure to adequately dissipate increased body heat can lead to heat-related illnesses ranging in severity from mild to life threatening.

Public Health: Adapting to Climate Change

This issues paper explores the myriad of threat and consequences that climate change presents the health sector. It explores risks from temperature, vector-borne illnesses, air pollution, reduced agricultural yields and indirect issues. Although a brief report (15 pages) it is a suitable document for council decision makers.

Excessive Heat Events Guidebook

This guidebook provides background information to enable decision makers to assess the health risks arising from heatwaves. Although the report is US specific (e.g. reference to US cities and temperature described in Fahrenheit, it still provides some useful information for Australian decision makers.