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‘Everybody’s scared’: The first mention in Australian media of global warming could only gesture to the future

Nobody in 1971 imagined the world’s oceans acidifying and 8.8 million tons of plastic every year killing off millions of marine animals. Microplastic even in sea life in the Mariana Trench? Inconceivable. In 1970 mega fires (those devouring more than 100,000 acres) were rare in the US but in the …

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‘We don’t want to be collateral damage’: Coal country concerns grow as climate reality hits

In a break with family tradition, the Gladstone farmer says the role climate change has played in years of successive droughts would likely see him vote Labor for the first time come the next federal election. “Our family and my father, grandfather and generations before have always pulled strongly to …

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Australia’s biggest climate poll shows support for action in every seat

As the government prepares for the COP26 United Nations climate talks in Glasgow in November, the survey showed 41 per cent of voters wanted the government to reach net zero before 2050 and 32 per cent believed net zero should be reached by 2050. By contrast, 12 per cent believe …

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Poll suggests the debate over coal is ‘electorally dead’

That said, he notes, climate change has a tendency to slide down the list of peoples’ concerns as parties ramp up their campaigns. Another Coalition strategist pointed out that some of the clearest findings of the research will be of little surprise to the government, which he says is aware …

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Reversing ‘aqua nullius’: traditional owners seek cultural water rights

“For too long, government has been allocating billions of litres of water to irrigators at the expense of healthy country and culture for First Nations people. We need balance.” Tati Tati traditional owners in north-west Victoria. A water allocation is the right to access a volume of water in a …

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Sauvage made me believe I could win gold, says de Rozario

“This feels different to a world title and it feels nice to check this off. In sport, a lot of your identity quickly gets wrapped up in your results, which is unfortunate, but it’s what we lean in to and are encouraged to lean in to get the best of …

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Australia COVID LIVE updates: NSW records 1218 cases and six deaths, as Victoria records 92 cases

Thanks for joining us this morning. If you’re just catching up on the news , below is a summary of the key things you may have missed: NSW recorded 1218 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours – its highest daily tally. Six people died, including three people in …

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When the going gets tough, the tough play bingo

Eric Scott of Bondi Junction has devised a new game that he calls “mask bingo” to play on the way to the shops. “Check if you see a person with: no mask on, no mask on but one in their hand,a mask on their chin, a mask on their mouth …

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Smaller Government push explains much of our fumbling of the pandemic

Much of our difficulty preventing leakages from hotel quarantine has arisen from cost saving: using ill-suited empty hotels would be much cheaper than purpose-building out-of-town cabin-style facilities, especially when you remember we won’t get another pandemic for decades. Maybe. Loading Similarly, outsourcing quarantine security to private contractors using casual, low-paid …

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Paralympics 2021 LIVE updates: Madison de Rozario wins gold in 800m as Holt claims fourth career silver

Wheelchair tennis duo Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson have made the gold medal match for the quad doubles following a 6-2, 6-4 win over Japanese pair Moroishi and Sugeno. The Aussies, who won gold in Rio, raced to a 5-0 lead before taking out the first set. Their opponents fared …

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