Cooked with gas: Extreme heat in Darwin

by Dr Elizabeth Hanna and Mark Ogge

The number of days over 35oC in Darwin has increased from 5.6 per year to 22.2 per year. CSIRO modelling estimates that without climate action this could rise to 132 days per year in 2030 and 275 days per year in 2070. Such extreme heat would have profound effects on human health, industries and ecosystems. Given the NT’s vulnerability to climate change, development of emission-intensive oil and gas reserves are not in the Territory’s interests.

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