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This week: Australia’s ‘climate win’; South Asia’s heatwave intensified by global warming; Internship deadline

Weekly Briefing
Climate win
Last weekend saw the end of a lengthy tenure for Australia’s Coalition, a right-leaning grouping of political parties that has delayed climate action in the sun-scorched nation for nearly a decade.
The coalition’s now departed leader, Scott Morrison, can be viewed as the latest victim of the country’s “climate wars”, which have already helped to end the careers of several prime ministers – although normally because they were advocating for more climate action, rather than less.
This time, following years of record-breaking floods, heatwaves and bushfires, voters rallied around the centre-left Labor party. They also gave unprecedented support to the Green party and “teal” independent candidates who had built campaigns around tackling climate change. The new prime minister, Labor’s Anthony Albanese, has pledged to bring an end to the climate wars and make Australia a “renewable energy superpower”.
In a post-election analysis published on Tuesday, Carbon Brief assessed Labor’s pledges to understand whether they will match up to Albanese’s strong rhetoric. The new leadership has brought stronger climate targets to the table and has plans to support the expansion of renewable power and electric vehicles. However, Labor’s strategy leaves sections of the economy – including Australia’s huge fossil-fuel sector – largely untouched.
Intensifying heat
India and Pakistan are still reeling from the impacts of a long-lasting heatwave, which has killed at least 90 people, seen vital wheat crops destroyed and driven choking forest fires throughout March, April and May.
Now an international team of climate scientists has found that the record-breaking event was made 30 times more likely by human-caused global warming. The rapid analysis also concludes that human-caused climate change made the event around 1C hotter.
The findings are the latest in “attribution science”, a growing field of research linking climate change to extreme weather events around the world. Carbon Brief has covered the findings in depth, including what they could mean for heat adaptation and mitigation in India.
Internship deadline
There is now only a week to go until the application deadline for Carbon Brief’s paid summer internship. It is the first time since 2019 that we’ve been able to offer the highly popular scheme. All the details are on our website, so please forward them to anyone you think might relish the opportunity. 
Finally, due to public holidays in the UK next week, this email newsletter will take a break and return in a fortnight.
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