Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts

Every time a weather extreme occurs, some people quickly jump in to say we’ve been through it all before: that worse events have happened in the past, or it’s just part of natural climate variability. The recent bushfire crisis is a case in point. ...

A severe flood swept the Hawkesbury River in June 1816. Credit State Library of NSW.

La Niña brings flooding rains to NSW in the early 1860s

A La Niña event spanning 1860–1864 brought repeated widespread flooding to settlements across NSW. This succession of natural disasters demoralised rural communities and devastated agricultural endeavors. The floods in 1863 and 1864 were the most severe with much of the New England and Hunter Valley regions inundated with floodwaters. Flooded street in Maitland, 1864. Image … Continue reading La Niña brings flooding rains to NSW in the early 1860s

El Nino influenced Australian identity

Extreme weather events linked to El Nino Southern Oscillation played a hand in shaping the culture of modern Australia according to a new book chapter by climate historian Don Garden. The chapter examines the social, political and cultural significance of The Federation Drought, which has been linked to a series of strong El Nino events. … Continue reading El Nino influenced Australian identity

Don Garden releases climate history book

The SEARCH project team is excited to announce that our project's Environmental Historian, Assoc. Prof. Don Garden has just released his book Droughts, Floods and Cyclones; El Ninos that shaped our colonial past. The book is a comprehensive study of El Nino events in colonial Australia, examining how colonists came to understand their climate and … Continue reading Don Garden releases climate history book