Climate Change Research Centre

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UNSW's Grand Challenge on Climate Change this week launches three ambitious climate change blueprints on energy, health and justice.

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A rise in global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius is likely to bring more extreme rainstorms to many parts of Australia even as other areas experience severe droughts, new research shows.  

Antarctic ice

Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three metre rise in global sea levels, new research shows.

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John Church, one of the world’s leading experts on sea level rise caused by global warming, is joining UNSW's Climate Change Research Centre.

storm

Improving our understanding of severe storms requires a lot of data but research resources are limited and spread across many different storm types. Christopher J. White, Jason Evans and Kevin Walsh think citizen scientists could help fill the gaps. 

heatwave

Heatwaves are Australia's deadliest type of natural disaster and more research is needed to forecast accurately their impacts on people, write Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick and Christopher J. White.

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How East Coast Lows interact with other climate extremes now and into the future is the next big question researchers hope to answer, writes Acacia Pepler.

hot sun

Global temperatures for February showed a disturbing and unprecedented upward spike, write Steve Sherwood and Stefan Rahmstorf.

Adélie penguin

Adélie penguin numbers at Cape Denison in Antarctica have crashed from more than 160,000 birds in 2011 to just a few thousand following the grounding of a giant iceberg in Commonwealth Bay. 

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This year’s El Niño, combined with the Indian Ocean Diople, could be a whopper, writes Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, but we still don’t know exactly what weather the complex influences might produce.

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