Although much of Australia is currently shivering through winter, extreme heat remains the leading cause of weather-related deaths in Australia. In the last five decades, the number of record hot days in Australia has more than doubled and it's a trend that doesn't look to be reversing any time soon. This week at the 2012 Climate Adaptation in Action Conference, Australia's leading climate change adaptation experts will discuss how we adjust to life in a changing climate. In advance of the opening day, this briefing will bring together experts to discuss the following issues:
The rising incidence of asthma and allergies - what can we do to reduce the risk?
How hot is too hot? What is the temperature for each Australian capital city above which heat-related mortality and morbidity increase?
Despite its hot climate, Australia has no national OH&S guidelines for working in the heat. So how does heat affect the health, safety and productivity of Australian workers?