Make a submission to the NSW Design and Place State Enviro Planning Policy review

re some good things in the draft like cool roof measures, more trees and improved energy efficiency standards. However we think there are some clear areas where we could do more, like measuring home energy efficiency against future climate projections and going beyond trees to tackle the urban heat island effect on a range of fronts.

New HEATWATCH report for Western Sydney

HeatWatch: Penrith Could Face Nearly Two Months of Extreme Heat Per Year Extreme heat days over 35 degrees are projected to increase five-fold in Western Sydney, where areas such as Penrith could experience up to 58 days (almost two months) of extreme heat per year. This landmark HeatWatch report is by the Australia Institute ClimateContinue reading “New HEATWATCH report for Western Sydney”

Heatwaves aren’t a day at the beach: heat related illness and resources

Heat waves and extreme heat can cause heat related illnesses from heat rashes to heat stroke. Existing medical conditions can be exacerbated by heat include heat disease, diabetes, respiratory or circulatory illnesses or mental illnesses. There is lots of information about how heat impacts our health. We’ve collected some resources for you here: Fact Sheet:Continue reading “Heatwaves aren’t a day at the beach: heat related illness and resources”

Community joins conversation on the health impacts of rising temperatures

On Tuesday 11 May over three dozen community members from across Western Sydney met in Blacktown to join the conversation on the health impacts of rising temperatures. The two main speakers for the evening were Dr Kim Loo, NSW Chair of Doctors for the Environment, Riverstone GP and newly elected member of the NSW AustralianContinue reading “Community joins conversation on the health impacts of rising temperatures”

Residents gather in Campbelltown to discuss rising temperatures in SW Sydney

On the 2nd of May 2021, twenty-five people gathered in Campbelltown for the Sweltering Cities South West Sydney community meeting. The passionate residents shared their great vision for a liveable, healthy, sustainable and equitable local community. They discussed the biggest challenges that come from living in hot suburbs with rising temperatures, as well as theContinue reading “Residents gather in Campbelltown to discuss rising temperatures in SW Sydney”

SMH: Sydneysiders using unconventional methods to cool down

By Andrew Taylor March 8, 2021 “Almost one-third of Sydney residents leave their homes to cool down during hot weather, while 55 per cent of people do not turn on their airconditioners because of the cost of energy bills. A survey of how people cope with hot weather found nearly half of all apartment dwellers leaveContinue reading “SMH: Sydneysiders using unconventional methods to cool down”

SMH: ‘I wrapped myself in a damp towel’: Sydneysiders risk health inside hot homes

By Andrew Taylor January 24, 2021 — 12.00am “Some Sydney residents are living in homes with room temperatures nudging 40 degrees, as climate change raises temperatures and fear of big energy bills stops people from cooling down. A study of indoor air temperatures in Sydney homes found 51 per cent of residents surveyed in the summer of 2018-19Continue reading “SMH: ‘I wrapped myself in a damp towel’: Sydneysiders risk health inside hot homes”

ABC: Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in ‘within decades’

Sunday 24 January 2021 “Parts of Victoria and NSW are sweating through an extreme heatwave that started sweeping across Australia’s southeast on Saturday. This may seem like just a good excuse to go to the beach, but as the planet warms and summers become longer and less bearable, heatwaves are coming to represent an existential threat to Australian suburbs. Already,Continue reading “ABC: Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in ‘within decades’”