Australia’s vast coastline is increasingly being battered by destructive “extreme waves” driven in part by climate change, scientists said on Sept. 10. Research into wave size changes over the past 45 years showed waves of 3 meters (9.8 feet) in height or more were increasing, hitting Australia’s southern coasts as severe storms become more frequent and intense, government experts said. Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent, is vulnerable to shifts in temperature and rainfall because it already has many arid and semi-arid areas, and was recently included by the UN in a list of vulnerable climate shift “hotspots.” (Reuters)

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