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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Angry Summer : weather extremes put lives at risk

A new report on extreme weather events, The Angry Summer, from the Climate Commission demonstrates the health and well being of Australians is increasingly at risk from extreme weather events that are being amplified by global warming.

The Climate and Health Alliance, a coalition of public health, medical, nursing, allied health professionals, health research institutions and service providers, said the Commission's report highlighted how extraordinary weather extremes were putting more lives at risk, particularly the latest summer with the entire Southern Hemisphere experiencing the hottest December and January ever. Climate and Health Alliance Convenor Fiona Armstrong said the record breaking heatwave in which Australia recorded its first ever average maximum of 40.3C on 7 January 2013 posed the most serious threat to health, but lives were also lost in recent bushfires and flooding following extreme rainfall.

Press Release

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