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Too late to leave: fire threatens Maiden Gully

Sydney Morning Herald: Residents of a township west of Bendigo have been told it`s too late to leave as a raging grass fire threatens homes. Continue reading

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Australian farmers should not be treated like protected species

Guardian: Watching rural Liberal backbencher Sharman Stone give the prime minister a free character assessment and troll colleagues over the SPC Ardmona decision, it’s hard to avoid the impression that jobs in agriculture are somehow more important than other jobs in Australia. It’s not unusual for local members to think their constituents’ jobs are crucial to the economy: we certainly heard that when the government effectively hounded GM Holden’s manufacturing operations from our shores (and not coincidentally… Continue reading

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Australia: Drought-stricken Queensland town considers evacuating 3,000 residents

AAP: After two years with almost no rain, a Queensland town is planning for the possible evacuation of its entire population as water supplies run out. Continue reading

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Australia: Farmers feel the heat as drought advances

Sydney Morning Herald: “The burning heat has just scorched everything off right back to the ground and then these hot winds have just blown it all away”: Rod Barnes. Photo: Paul Mathews Sydney has recorded its lowest summer rainfall to date in more than 70 years, as the state swelters through its driest January in more than a decade. Continue reading

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Great Barrier Reef park directors still face conflict of interest questions

Guardian: Two of the board members who approved the dumping of 3m cubic metres of dredging spoil on the Great Barrier Reef are still under investigation for potential conflicts of interest including links to mining companies The environment minister, Greg Hunt, ordered a probity inquiry last October into the appointments of former Townsville mayor Tony Mooney and Queensland public servant Jon Grayson to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) by the former Labor government. Potential conflicts… Continue reading

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Australia: Climate change is spoken of in hushed tones, but it wasn’t always this way

Guardian: There is a term that is not generally used in polite company in the bush. That term is climate change. Continue reading

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Australia: Crocodiles shot in hunt for missing boy, 12, in Kakadu national park

Guardian: Two crocodiles have been shot in the hunt for a missing 12-year-old boy in the Northern Territory. Continue reading

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Australia should probably get used to these devastating heat waves

Atlantic: In the late 1990s, a particularly strong El Niño oscillation scourged the world with droughts, floods, and disruptions to the food supply. Carrying the energy equivalent of a million Hiroshima bombs, the titanic climate event was ultimately responsible for 23,000 deaths and at least $35 billion in damages. In a scenario of unimpeded climate change, this kind of large-scale mayhem could become routine, according to distressing new research. Continue reading

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Murray-Darling water sell-off scheme announced

Guardian: The government is to sell off water allocations to farmers who operate alongside the Murray-Darling river system for the first time since a deal that aims to end two decades of arguments on how to manage the resource. The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, which manages the government’s water licences, said up to 10 gigalitres of water allocation would be available for sale in the Gwydir valley, a region of New South Wales which forms part of the Murray-Darling basin. The government owns… Continue reading

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Why is it so hot in Australia?

LiveScience: Record-high heat has scorched Australia this week, with temperatures exceeding 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) for several days in a row in some areas. Relief is expected for this weekend, however. Blazing temperatures have hit athletes and fans at the Australian Open in Melbourne, in what forecasters said could be the hottest stretch of weather in a century for the city Continue reading

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