In collaboration with Quest Community News, Newslocal and the Geelong Advertiser, the Hub delivers hyper-localised weather and climate columns to Brisbane readers via their online local news sites.
The columns discuss local weather patterns and contextualise them in the broader discussion of local climate. They provide space for discussing climate trends at a local level, and are able to draw useful comparisons between different areas of several cities. They also features voices from the community who discuss their experience. These local perspectives demonstrate how climate change is affecting the lives and livelihoods of communities around Australia.
This hyper-localised form of weather and climate communication will assist in improving the climate literacy of Australians and help them make effective decisions toward a more sustainable future.
Changing Climates runs weekly in Brisbane’s Quest News, Newslocal Dubbo and in the Geelong Advertiser. Changing Climates is set to launch in 24 mastheads across Sydney and greater New South Wales in March 2021, with further expansion planned across Australia later next year.
Pre-COVID, the project ran as a print column in Leader Community News in Melbourne. Following a successful launch in March 2019, weekly localised climate columns and graphics were printed in 24 mastheads across metropolitan Melbourne, reaching 1.5 million readers per month. In March 2020, this project was expanded to Quest Community News in Brisbane, which consisted of 13 individual mastheads and reached an additional one million readers.