Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick


With New South Wales suffering winter bushfires and temperature records tumbling around the globe, Australian leaders in Canberra have picked a bad time to jettison climate policy in favour of political bickering.


Summer in some parts of the world will become one long heatwave with a global temperature rise of just 2°C above pre-industrial levels, new research has found.


One way of potentially tapping into previously unreached audiences is via cli-fi, or climate-fiction, which explores how the world may look in the aftermath of climate change, writes Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick.


Australia's recent heatwave is a taste of what our future will bring unless humans can rapidly and deeply cut our greenhouse emissions, write Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Andrew King and Matthew Hale.


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.

hot sun

Did you know that you can have heatwaves in winter as well as summer? And that fruit bats in Australia literally drop out of trees in the worst of the summer heatwaves? No matter where you live in the world there are four main drivers of heatwaves.


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. 

coral bleaching

With much of the Earth covered by oceans, a different kind of heatwave is attracting attention, writes Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick.

Icebergs adrift

We must not let the new hot weather record overwhelm us. Rather, it should be treated as a renewed call-to-arms, writes Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick.