Environmental

Environmental

Environmental

The disaster information lists multiple types of environmental disaster including:

Drought: prolonged or abnormally dry weather or lack of rain, especially that which affects the growth of crops or deplete reserves of water for industrial or domestic use. A drought poses a risk of serious environmental damage through vegetation loss and soil erosion, and a significant threat to the agricultural sector.

Heatwave: according to the Bureau of Meteorology, a heatwave is defined by three or more days of unusually high maximum and minimum temperatures in any area. There are three categories: Areas of Heatwave can expect unusually hot conditions sustained for three days. The level of heat is unusual, but injury to people is not expected unless inappropriate activities are conducted or sensible precautions are not followed. In a Severe Heatwave, vulnerable people are at risk of injury. Areas of Extreme Heatwave are likely to impact area such as infrastructure, transport, energy, agriculture and both healthy and vulnerable people are at risk of injury.

Image: Wetlands in the Coorong National Park, Mundoo (flickr) 

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Name Category Location Date
Environmental Environmental - Heatwave, South-Eastern Australia, 2014 Environmental Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania 11/01/2014 view resource
Environmental Environmental - Bushfire Pollution, Sydney 2013 Environmental New South Wales 22/10/2013 view resource
Environmental Envionmental - National Heatwave Environmental Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia 27/12/2012 view resource
Environmental Environmental – Drought, Queensland and New South Wales 2012 Environmental Queensland, New South Wales 01/04/2012 view resource
Environmental Environmental - South Australia and Victoria Heatwave Environmental South Australia 30/12/2011 view resource
Environmental Environmental - South-Eastern Australia Heatwave 2009 Environmental South Australia, Victoria 27/01/2009 view resource
Environmental Environmental - South-West Western Australia Drought Environmental Western Australia 01/04/2000 view resource
Environmental Environmental - Heatwave, South-East Queensland Environmental Queensland 20/01/2000 view resource
Environmental Environmental - Central Wheatbelt Western Australia Environmental Western Australia 19/09/1998 view resource
Environmental Environmental - Tasmania and Victoria Drought Environmental Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia 01/10/1996 view resource
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A Document A spatial vulnerability analysis of urban populations during extreme heat events in Australian capital cities: Final report Loughnan M E, Tapper N J, Phan T et al. 2013 link Reports view resource
A Document Adaptation and First Australians: lessons and challenges National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Adapting agriculture to climate change National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Adapting ecosystems to climate change National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) 2012 link Online Repositories view resource
A Document Assessment of Heat-Related Health Impacts in Brisbane, Australia: Comparison of Different Heatwave Definitions Tong S, Wang XY, Barnett AG 2010 link Research Papers view resource
A Document Atmospheric science program University of British Columbia 2012 link Online Repositories view resource
A Document British Atmospheric Data Centre Natural Environment Research Council (UK) 2012 link Online Repositories view resource
A Document Building resilient coastal communities and ecosystems National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Case studies of extreme events: Resilience and water security in two outback cities Albrecht G, Allison H, Ellis N. and Jaceglav M. Report for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, Australia 2011 link Case Studies view resource
A Document Challenges of adaptation for local governments National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Climate Change 2014: impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014 link Reports view resource
A Document Climate change in Australia Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Australia 2012 link Websites view resource
A Document Climate Change in Australia: Regional impacts and adaptation - Managing the risk for Australia Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council Independent Working Group 2007 link Reports view resource
A Document Climate change just reshaped America’s wildfire strategy John Upton 2014 link Reports view resource