PHOTO: Climate change

NCAR and IAG have released a report examining current and future climate change impacts on the Australian climate and weather extremes that produce significant property, personal and economic damage and hardship.

When examining the effected areas of tropical cyclones (TCs), they found there has already been a southward shift of the regions where tropical cyclones reach peak intensity and this is expected to continue.

Tropical cyclone risks are expected to increase most rapidly in the south-east Queensland / north-east NSW regions, followed by the coastal districts south of Shark Bay in Western Australia.

The world has entered a new era of global TCs in which economic and insured losses are doubling every 15 years.

A frequent problem in Australia is bushfires and according to the latest trends in fire danger indices, they are likely to increase in almost all locations nationally, leading to more frequent and extreme events, and longer fire seasons.