‘Heat waves are the killer’: Australia's very own false prophet warns of deadly risk over summer

Flannery is well-known for prophecying that Perth would become a ghost city for a lack of water.  Perth of course continues to thrive

His latest prophecy is just as mad.  It is COLD weather, not hot weather, when most deaths occur

The long-range weather forecasts have been worrying. Australia faces a long hot summer with an increased risk of drought.

And while there will always be fears of bushfires, especially after the devastating black summer of 2019-2020, Tim Flannery warns that heat waves might be the biggest concern this season.

“All indications are we’re heading for a very hot summer, but we’re still getting some rain,” the Climate Council’s chief councillor said. “The potential for heat waves to have a big impact on human health is really there.

“You don’t need floods or bushfires to impact human health. Heat waves are the number one killer of people among natural phenomena so that’s a big concern.”

Flannery, a long-time advocate for more action to combat climate change, cited the 2009 heat wave in south-east Australia that health authorities have said contributed to the death of more than 370 people in Victoria alone.

“Melbourne saw it very clearly [then] when there was four days above 40 degrees and very little cooling at night,” he said.

Flannery was speaking before the release of a new documentary, Johan Gabrielsson’s Climate Changers, which has him interviewing leaders of the climate movement around the world. It launches in cinemas with a live Q&A session on Sunday.



<b>Huge cost of Australia’s renewable energy dream, according to industry leaders</b>

The race to connect renewable energy to the grid is challenging and costly, industry leaders say, as they urge a focus on affordable electricity.

Alinta Energy chief executive officer Jeff Dimery said his firm was investing $10bn into renewable power, including offshore wind, battery technology and pumped hydro, but cautioned that affordability must remain a key driver.

He cited the giant Snowy 2.0 pumped-hydro project, the cost of which in August was announced as having blown out to $12bn from an original $2bn.

Mr Dimery said this would deliver $100m of monthly revenue once complete, which translated to a capital cost of more than $60 per megawatt hour.

The market paid less than $15 per megawatt hour for pumped hydro less than three years ago – a more than fourfold cost hike.

“We need to clean up our energy supply..... And I guess what I’m saying is that, ultimately, I agree with the Prime Minister, his vision and how we need to get there. Where we’re differing is at the pace at which we might do that,” Mr Dimery said.

Transgrid executive general manager Craig Stallan, whose firm operates and manages the high-voltage transmission network in NSW and the ACT, said infrastructure needed to be built to create a superhighway across the national power grid.



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