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Scientists turn to risky plan B as the world fails on climate change

Modelling suggests it would cost billions of dollars to maintain a fleet of aircraft to mimic that effect – yet that is small change compared with the sums typically bandied about in climate debates. Increasing cloud cover to help cool the Great Barrier Reef is one type of geoengineering being …

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Victoria ‘unlikely’ to eliminate Delta as PM backs NSW on reopening

Victoria’s stance echoed that of Western Australian Premier’s Mark McGowan and has the backing of the Queensland state government. Loading However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said – on the same day the state recorded a national record of 825 cases – that she was “heartened” by the conversations at national …

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People with disabilities ‘not safe’ with NDIS jab rollout months behind

Loading Anne Kavanagh, a professor of disability health and an epidemiologist at Melbourne University, said the vaccine rollout for disabled Australians was “negligent” and a “failure”, and the consequences could be dire amid a surging Delta outbreak. “This was meant to happen in March, it was delayed, the government held …

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At least we can direct our COVID rage at politicians: god knows, they deserve it

There will almost certainly be an inquiry, perhaps a royal commission, into the handling of the pandemic, and calls for one will grow loud as we move into an election year in 2022. Attempts by Scott Morrison to boost morale have been so audacious you almost have to admire his …

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Monster solar farm backed by Atlassian founder about to get ‘significantly bigger’

Loading While the news on the climate front is often grim – see the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report – advances by renewables and other technologies that can replace greenhouse gas emissions provide reasons for optimism. Australia receives an average of 58 million petajoules of solar radiation annually, …

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AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Dees rise from the dead to slash Cats’ huge lead, GWS take control against Blues

Pickett boots it long from the wing, Fritsch expertly nudges Henry under the ball then collects the spill, settles and drills it on the run from 20m out. Melbourne trail by just two points with 9:39 to go, 11.8.74 to 12.4.76. After being down by 44 points, the Demons have …

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More questions than answers as Eels return to the winner’s circle

It’s not a question of whether Parramatta are ‘back’ or not before the NRL finals, because victory over a Cowboys side riding a nine-game losing streak like it’s a broken down mule was never going to instantly turn them into a premiership force. It’s more a conversation of exactly how …

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From exodus to cusp of finals: how Essendon turned it around in 12 months

It is extraordinary, then, that less than 10 months on, the Bombers are on the cusp of returning to the finals. A team that finished 2020 in a flattering 13th with the third-lowest percentage in the league could realistically have secured their top eight spot this year weeks ago, one …

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AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Dees and Cats off to a tight start, Blues start Betts’ last game well

Hawkins makes it three goals in a row for the Cats after outmarking Lever and May, before converting a beautiful snap set shot from the boundary line. He’s now the game’s first multiple goalkicker, having booted the last two majors, and the Cats are out to a nine-point lead with …

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