On holding the record, briefly, for the hottest place on the planet

prototype-nsw-bushfire-sunset-1000The record-breaking heatwave that hit most of eastern Australia last week created waves in climate-concerned news channels.

On Saturday 11 February, NSW was the hottest place on the planet. Recent electricity demand has spiralled upwards, partially due to household air conditioning demand, with blackouts occurring, and an ongoing renewables vs fossil fuels blame game.

The Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood says that the “high-stakes, take-no-prisoners, political battle over Australia’s electricity system looks destined to leave our homes and businesses as collateral damage”.

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Image: Bushfire sunset in NSW. By Thennicke / CC-BY-SA 3.0

This story is taken from the 17 February 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.