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Research brief: Australian climate policy inaction threatens lives

Overall, the inaugural Australian Countdown finds that Australia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change on health, and that policy inaction in this regard threatens Australian lives.
In a number of respects, Australia has gone backwards and now lags behind other high income countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom. Examples include the persistence of a very high carbon-intensive energy system in Australia, and a slow transition to renewables and low-carbon electricity generation.

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Research brief: The importance of humidity in heat stress

The key measures are the “Wet Bulb Globe Temperature” often used to screen for dangerous heat at sporting events and in workplaces, the “Wet Bulb Temperature” beloved of weather geeks, and “Apparent Temperature” quoted to the public by weather services. The bottom line is that the closer we are pushed to our physiological limits by extreme heat, the more important humidity becomes.

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