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Subsidised insurance for people in cyclone or flood-prone areas a bad idea, say experts

Subsidised insurance for people in cyclone or flood-prone areas a bad idea, say experts
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-04-07


Experts have argued against subsidising insurance premiums for people in cyclone or flood-prone areas as the multi-million dollar cleanup continues after Cyclone Debbie, saying that will only provide short-term relief. The insurance bill for damage caused by the cyclone, which struck near Airlie Beach on 28 March before causing widespread damage in northern Queensland and extensive and ongoing flooding...(Read More)

Rockhampton floods: images from before and after the deluge

Rockhampton floods: images from before and after the deluge
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-04-10


These two images show before and during flooding in Depot Hill, looking towards central Rockhampton along the Fitzroy river: Flood before and during Houses are surrounded by floodwaters at Depot Hill in Rockhampton: Flood before and during A block of houses becomes inundated in Rockhampton following flooding caused by Cyclone Debbie: Flood before and during The Bureau of Meteorology said water...(Read More)

Cyclone Cook: New Zealand braces for

Cyclone Cook: New Zealand braces for 'worst storm in decades'
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-04-13


Cyclone Cook is bearing down on New Zealand and is expected to make landfall on Thursday evening, heading directly for the flood-stricken Bay of Plenty region devastated by last week’s Cyclone Debbie. Two states of emergency have been declared in the North Island east coast districts of Bay of Plenty and Thames-Coromandel, with more districts expected to make that call mid-afternoon when the ferocity...(Read More)

How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides?

How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides?
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-04-16


For most Peruvians, this year’s floods have been the worst in living memory. Ten times the usual amount of rain has fallen on Peru’s coast, swelling rivers which caused widespread flooding, and triggering huge landslides which tore through shanty towns. More than 100 people have died, nearly 158,000 are displaced and 210,000 homes are damaged, according to Peru’s emergency operations centre....(Read More)

Adani is not just another coalmine, it is a turning point for the nation

Adani is not just another coalmine, it is a turning point for the nation
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-04-19


In an almost unbroken line from Monkey Mia, down across the Bight and then all the way up the other side to Mackay, the Australian coast is etched in various shades of brown. This is the historical precipitation map. Annual rainfall has dropped, it shows, across this enormous stretch of coastline, by as much as 100 millilitres since 1951. In another map, concentric rings of increasingly angry red...(Read More)

China vows fresh smog crackdown as toxic air shrouds capital

China vows fresh smog crackdown as toxic air shrouds capital
Written by Reuters on 2017-04-04


BEIJING China's smoggiest cities have pledged to ramp up the battle on pollution after air quality deteriorated in the first few months of this year, the China Daily reported on Monday, as smog blanketed the capital, Beijing, and the surrounding region.Top officials from seven districts in Beijing, Tianjin and cities in Hebei and Shanxi provinces were scolded at the weekend by the environmental watchdog...(Read More)

EU Industry chief sees

EU Industry chief sees 'fast' phase-out of diesel post-VW scandal
Written by Reuters on 2017-04-04


BRUSSELS Europe's industry chief said she saw diesel engines disappearing from markets much faster than expected as the European Parliament on Tuesday endorsed tougher rules aimed at preventing a rerun of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal.In response to the German car maker's admission in September 2015 that it used software to cheat U.S. diesel pollution controls - a scandal that spotlighted...(Read More)

Groups sue U.S. government after cyanide bombs kill wolf, dogs

Groups sue U.S. government after cyanide bombs kill wolf, dogs
Written by Reuters on 2017-04-05


Conservation and animal welfare groups sued the U.S. government on Tuesday over its use of so-called cyanide bombs to kill coyotes after the devices were blamed for the deaths of a protected wolf and three pet dogs.The Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society and others said in the lawsuit that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is tasked with protecting endangered animals, failed...(Read More)

Stuffed menagerie, complete with lions, recovered from UK burglar

Stuffed menagerie, complete with lions, recovered from UK burglar
Written by Reuters on 2017-04-05


LONDON A British burglar who stole 18 stuffed animals including lions, a giraffe and a snarling chimpanzee in a top hat and tie has received a suspended jail sentence, police said on Wednesday.The loot, which also included a stuffed rhinoceros, a crocodile, a sloth, a zebra, a penguin and a pink flamingo, belonged to a licensed taxidermy company and was worth about 100,000 pounds ($124,850) in total,...(Read More)


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