Climate Experience:

Citizens have noticed trees struggling to cope with persistent heatwaves.

Reports Include:

  • Plane trees suffering mass defoliation and limb falls. Local arborist reported he had double the number of limb fall call outs than any other year.[1]
  • Eucalyptus Alben (white box) increased branch falling.
  • Leaves of Magnolia trees burnt even in shade.


  • Branch falling occurs when trees get dehydrated in hot dry conditions.[2]
  • Leaves in heat stress are likely to stop growing or fall off.[3]
  • January temperatures were nearly 6 degrees above the long-term average.[4][5]
  • The region has seen increasing periods of above average temperatures with 20 out of the last 21 years above the annual average.[6]


  • Victoria is expecting further temperature rises, that is there will be more extremely hot days[7]putting further pressure on flora survival.

What can be done?

  • Email your local MP and tell them that action on climate is important to you and explain the impacts being felt in your area. One email might not feel like much but most politicians consider it to be representative of 100 citizens.
  • Get involved with local groups taking action on climate, in this community look out for Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) group.
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* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.


[1]Shana Morgan, “Heatwave a killer for trees,” Border Mail, published February 2, 2019,

[2]“The story of our eucalypts,” Australian Academy of Science, accessed April 29, 2019,

[3]Robert Teskey et al., “Responses of Tree Species to Heat Waves and Extreme Heat Events,” Plant, cell & environment38, no. 9 (2015).1699.

[4]  “Wodonga Climate”, Weather Zone, accessed April 23 2019,

[5]“Albury-Wodonga January 2019 Daily Weather Observations”, Bureau of Meteorology, published April 17 2019,

[6]“Australian Climate Change Site Data – Rutherglen”, Bureau of Meteorology, access April 23 2019,