MEDIA RELEASE – IMPACTS OF HEATWAVES ON BORDER REGION [24.3.14]

Note: The following media release was picked up by The Border Mail’s Country Mail (published on 29.3.14), Prime7 television news (screened 26.3.14) and ABC Goulburn Murray local news (aired 17.3.14). Summer is officially over but local horticulturalists are still reeling from the consequences of January and February heatwaves. Citrus, avocado, apple and fig crops were…

The critical decade report

Last week the government released its latest report from the Climate Commission – “The Critical Decade – climate science, risks and responses.” http://climatecommission.gov.au/report/the-critical-decade/ (UPDATE: due to the abolition of he Climate Commission by the Abbot Government, their website is no longer available – copies of the report can still be found online at http://apo.org.au/research/critical-decade-2013-climate-change-science-risks-and-responses.) A useful summary…

Senate enquiry on Extreme Weather

In a few days time a senate enquiry will start looking at submissions and considering “Recent trends in and Preparedness for Extreme Weather Events”. The following submission was submitted on behalf of WATCH, written by myself, David Macilwain:-   Submission to Senate Enquiry on Extreme Weather, trends and preparedness.     I make this submission…

Margaret Alston: Sidney Myer Rural Lecture ‘Rural Education . . . Shaping Leaders for the Future’

Rural areas are where the global uncertainties of the 21st century will be addressed: climate change, population, natural disasters. They will bear the pain disproportionally. That’s why we need leaders who understand rural space and emerge from this space, but to get there we need to improve rural education. That’s Margaret Alston with the first…

WATCH Press Release: Comment on ‘The Critical Decade’, Australian Climate Commission Report

THE CRITICAL DECADE: New South Wales Climate Impacts and Opportunities Report by the Australian Climate Commission  Download full report here. WATCH response to above report, compiled by Lizette Salmon.  – – – The impacts of climate change described in the Climate Commission report did not come as a surprise to WATCH spokesperson, Lizette Salmon. “This…

New IPCC Report: ‘Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation’

Last week the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest Working Group I and II report entitled Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).  According to the report summary… “The SREX approaches the topic by assessing the scientific literature on issues that range…