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Australia is underprepared to deal with the escalating problem of extreme “killer” heatwaves and a “whole of society approach” is needed to deal with the problem, a Climate Council report says.

Key Points:

The 2009 heatwave killed over 370 people
Heatwaves have killed more people than fires, cyclones, floods
Cardiac arrests triple during heatwaves
Whole of society approach needed to make changes
There were more than 370 deaths during the heatwave of 2009 and climate forecasts indicate there will be longer, hotter and more intense heatwaves in future, according to The Silent Killer: Climate change and the impact of extreme heat.

The number of record hot days in Australia has doubled in the past 50 years.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.abc.net.au

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