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TALENT ALERT: Expert comment on the climate whiplash that has caught Australians off guard this summer

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TALENT ALERT: Climate whiplash has caught Australians off guard this summer, as increasingly volatile weather has flung communities between extreme heat and fatal floods.

A new Climate Council’s report ‘Climate whiplash: wild swings between weather extremes’ concludes that Australia’s summer of dangerous downpours and scorching heat is consistent with six symptoms of a warming planet. 

The following experts are available to comment:

Community preparedness and recovery

Bec McNaught, President of South Golden Beach Community Resilience Team based in NSW’s Northern Rivers

Hot weather and heatwaves in cities, city planning for a hotter future

Emma Bacon, executive director and founder of Sweltering Cities

Disaster insurance

Professor Paula Jarzabkowski, disaster insurance expert, School of Business, University of Queensland in Brisbane


Climate change impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

Dr Jodie Rummer, Professor of Marine Biology at James Cook University

Extreme weather recovery, legal issues and climate justice

Simone Elias, senior lawyer Gippsland Community Legal Service

Damian Stock, CEO of ARC Justice

Kate Clohesy, director of strategy and impact at ARC Justice

For interviews please contact Sean Kennedy on 0447 121 378 or sean.kennedy@climatemediacentre.org.au

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