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The Guardian

The Guardian
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-03-06


The smoke has almost cleared, the blazes that raged over half a million hectares of forests, bush and grassland mostly extinguished, but the air is still thick with recriminations against Chile’s eucalyptus and pine plantation owners who are accused of putting profits before safety. Following the worst fires in the country’s history, activists are asking whether the unregulated expansion of the...(Read More)

Australia must put a price on carbon, say institutional investors

Australia must put a price on carbon, say institutional investors
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-03-09


The Turnbull government needs to put a price on carbon to unlock new investment in the electricity sector and drive an orderly transition to low-emissions power sources, according to the Investor Group on Climate Change. The group, which represents major institutional investors in Australia and New Zealand, has used its submission to the Finkel review to argue that the government’s oft-repeated...(Read More)

NSW thunderstorms: severe weather, hail and flash flood warnings

NSW thunderstorms: severe weather, hail and flash flood warnings
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-03-13


Severe thunderstorms with heavy rain, hail and winds of up to 90km/h are forecast to hit parts of New South Wales on Monday. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned people in the central west slopes and plains, and northern tablelands, to brace for large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding. BOM New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) For latest #thunderstorm warning map...(Read More)

A Harmonious Resistance Creates Global Solidarity for Standing Rock

A Harmonious Resistance Creates Global Solidarity for Standing Rock
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2017-03-07


For more than a year, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been at war with natural gas’s close comrade, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), over the development of the controversial $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which has frequently been referred to as “DAPL.” (Many resistance members call it “the Black Snake.”) The approved project designs developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...(Read More)

NSW and Queensland flooding: four rescued as torrential rain batters states

NSW and Queensland flooding: four rescued as torrential rain batters states
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-03-16


Four people have been rescued from rising waters overnight as torrential thunderstorms continue to soak northern New South Wales and parts of south-east Queensland, causing flash flooding. Emergency crews in NSW received more than 80 calls for help on Wednesday night, mainly for leaky roofs, as heavy rain drenched the north and mid-north coast regions, from Taree to Lismore. The NSW State Emergency...(Read More)

NSW floods: SES responds to hundreds of calls for help after deluge

NSW floods: SES responds to hundreds of calls for help after deluge
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-03-19


The SES received more than 550 calls for help on Saturday and responded to 2,748 requests after another drenching on the mid north coast of New South Wales. There were also more than 70 flood rescues, most on the mid north coast and in the Hunter, SES spokesman Brent Hunter said. Hunter said many rescues involved people driving in floodwaters and in one instance, the SES had to call police to stop...(Read More)

Montana activists ramp up campaign against culling Yellowstone bison

Montana activists ramp up campaign against culling Yellowstone bison
Written by Reuters on 2017-03-06


SALMON, Idaho Wildlife advocates are ramping up their campaign against the annual culling of bison that roam onto state lands in Montana each winter from Yellowstone National Park, erecting dramatic billboards showing buffalo bleeding in the snow.The billboards are the latest effort in an ongoing campaign by opponents of a years-long practice aimed at reducing the number of Yellowstone’s bison...(Read More)

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children a year: WHO

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children a year: WHO
Written by Reuters on 2017-03-06


LONDON A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including dirty water and air, second-hand smoke and a lack or adequate hygiene, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.Such unsanitary and polluted environments can lead to fatal cases of diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia, the WHO said in a report, and kill 1.7 million children a...(Read More)

EU consumer agencies to join forces to press VW over dieselgate scandal

EU consumer agencies to join forces to press VW over dieselgate scandal
Written by Reuters on 2017-03-08


BRUSSELS European national consumer agencies plan joint action to seek compensation for Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) drivers who bought emissions-cheating diesel cars on the strength of their green credentials, the European Commission said on Tuesday.At a meeting of the EU's 28 consumer protection authorities in Brussels, Dutch officials agreed to prepare "joint enforcement action" against the German carmaker,...(Read More)


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