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In recent weeks this intrepid bunch have travelled the east coast of the mainland - from the flood zones of the north to the Black Summer fire zone in the south - to meet Australia's climate refugees and battlers for a special series titled Disaster Country.
For the survivors of the floods that smashed the northern NSW town of Lismore this year, recovery, reconstruction and life returning to normal are distant, almost invisible dreams.
More than 1000 kilometres away, the people of the NSW South Coast know this all too well as they continue to rebuild more than two years after the devastating Black Summer bushfires.
"Australia is getting hard to live in because of these disasters," Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared during a trip to the flood-ravaged Northern Rivers region in March.
As scientists warn that more climate disasters - floods, fires, droughts, storms - are coming, a new report commissioned by the Climate Council predicts climate change will make one in 25 Aussie homes uninsurable by the end of the decade.
Disaster Country, a special multimedia presentation, chronicles in sounds, words and pictures the inspiring resolve of Australia's latest climate refugees, and asks the experts what needs to be done to better prepare for the more frequent and more intense weather events ahead.
As a valued subscriber please enjoy this exclusive first look - and listen! - and thank you again for helping us tell the stories that no one else will tell - here in our region and all around the country.
Photo: Firefighter Russell O'Keefe, partner Betty Stewart with their children at Coraki, downstream from Lismore. February's floodwaters rose well above the veranda of their home. Picture: Marina Neil
HOW TO ACCESS DISASTER COUNTRY
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