In collaboration with Weatherzone, this project delivers fortnightly videos presented by meteorologist Ben Domensino on Australia-wide climate trends and impacts. These videos are distributed via the Weatherzone app and redistributed via their website and social media accounts. Half the videos cover observed monthly or seasonal trends from across the country which can include records broken, extreme weather events or changes in temperature and rainfall. Repeated often, this provides an insight into the diversity of Australia’s climate and the impact climate change poses to it. The length of the videos also presents a unique opportunity to explore the trends and drivers of Australia’s weather and climate more deeply, which in turn holds the potential to build strong climate literacy.
The other half of the program works to explain some of the broader and far-reaching impacts of climate change and are designed to be engaging to the diverse interests of Australian audiences. Topics range from the impacts of climate change on wine or chocolate production to the intensification of extreme weather events and their impact on health. By showcasing the tangible and wide-reaching social, environmental and economic impacts of climate change, they appeal to audiences who had may not previously felt that climate change would affect them. A selection of MCCCRH researched and produced episodes can be found below.
Episode 1. Thunderstorm asthma
Episode 2. Extreme heat at the Australian Open
Episode 3. March climate update & Summer climate review
Episode 4. April climate update
Episode 5. Easter special: Chocolate & climate change
Episode 6. May climate update
Episode 7: Tropical cyclones & climate change
Episode 8: June climate update & May review
Episode 9: July climate update & June review
Episode 10: Australian snowfall & climate change
Episode 11: August climate update & July review
Episode 12: World Mosquito Day
Episode 13: August & Winter climate review
Episode 14: Climate change & Australian wine
Episode 15: September climate review & October outlook
Episode 16: Beer & climate change
This project is proudly supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.