climate change


Storms that battered Australia's east coast are a harbinger of things to come and a stark reminder of the need for a national effort to monitor the growing threat from climate change, UNSW coastal researchers warn.


Eastern Australia's massive storms will likely become rarer in a warmer world, but probably more intense, writes Acacia Pepler.


Autumn could scarcely have been hotter, says Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick in this overview of a record-breaking season.


Until now, India's smog problem has curbed extreme temperatures. But that could be about to change, write Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Andrew King and Geert Jan van Oldenborgh. 

flash flood

Cities face harsher, more concentrated rainfall as climate change not only intensifies storms, but draws them into narrower bands of more intense downpours, UNSW engineers have found. 


UNSW is hosting the Leadership Forum on Energy Transition for Australia, an initiative of the ACF that brings together leaders from business, academia and the community to develop a clean energy blueprint for the nation.


Researchers at the UNSW Water Research Laboratory have been tracking the variability, changes and trends in coastal erosion at Narrabeen-Collaroy since 1976. In April 2015, a severe east coast low battered the coastline of Sydney, with maximum waves reaching a record-breaking 14.9m.


One of the world’s longest-running beach erosion research programs is calling for the creation of a National Coastline Observatory, saying Australian governments are 'working blind' on the impacts of climate change on our coast.

coral bleaching

Coral bleaching is the 'canary in the coal mine' and suggests the present rate of climate change is too fast for many species to adapt, write Katrin Meissner and Kaitlin Alexander.


Heatwaves are likely to be more intense and result in maximum temperatures 3°C to 5°C warmer than previously estimated - all because of the way plants respond to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.