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Disaster Country: A two part Voice of Real Australia podcast about living with worsening climate disasters

Australia's attention may have shifted. To Ukraine. To the election. To fuel and food prices, interest rates and the cost of living.

But for the people of Lismore and the Northern Rivers of NSW, recovery, reconstruction and life returning to normal are distant, almost invisible dreams.

A home on Richmond Street, Woodburn. The flood damaged contents piled up on the nature strip. Thursday 7th April 2022 // PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL // NEWCASTLE HERALD // NRFLOODS22

A home on Richmond Street, Woodburn. The flood damaged contents piled up on the nature strip. Thursday 7th April 2022 // PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL // NEWCASTLE HERALD // NRFLOODS22

Floods, fires, drought, and blistering heat have always been a part of Australian life.

But, with rising global temperatures, are they getting worse? Are Black Summer and the floods in Queensland and northern NSW just a taste of what's to come?

These events are getting more intense and more frequent. We know that's the case, then it's not unpredictable, it is happening. And we are not properly prepared for that.

Bob Debus, former NSW Emergency Services Minister

Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared during a tour of the Northern Rivers in March that "Australia is getting hard to live in because of these disasters", so we travelled up and down the east coast talking to people who have lost everything as we try to figure out how to live in a Disaster Country.

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This story Living with climate disasters first appeared on The Canberra Times.