The recent spate of vertical, high-density development in cities such as Melbourne could be making them far more susceptible to the potential hazards created by global climate change.

According to Professor Brendan Gleeson, Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, the impacts of global warming are already being felt in some of Australia’s major cities, serving as a harbinger of change in other parts of the country. “Looking at the bigger picture in terms of the cities, Perth…