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Forest fire in Spain threatens key nature reserve

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Forest fire in Spain threatens key nature reserve

- Barcelona: A forest fire in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of 1000 people and is threatening a national park famous for its biodiversity, authorities say. The flames have advanced eastward and have entered Donana National Park, one of Spain's most important nature reserves and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994. The park, which has more than 50,000 hectares of wetlands and woods, is an important stop for migratory birds from Africa and Europe and is home to the highly endangered Iberian lynx and the Iberian imperial eagle

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Climate change in drones' sights with ambitious plan to remotely plant nearly 100,000 trees a day

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Climate change in drones' sights with ambitious plan to remotely plant nearly 100,000 trees a day

- An Australian engineer is hoping to use drones to plant 1 billion trees every year to fight an unfolding global catastrophe. Key points: The drone system fires germinated seeds into soil Drones can plant in areas previously impossible to reach, like steep hills The technology could also help rehabilitate land once used by mines Deforestation and forest degradation make up 17 per cent of the world's carbon emissions — more than the entire world's transportation sector, according to the United Nations

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Gas only a 'short bridge' to a low-carbon future, climate group finds

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Gas only a 'short bridge' to a low-carbon future, climate group finds

- Hopes gas will play the role of a so-called transition fuel towards a low-carbon future are dimming as costs of renewable energy dive and its emissions edge over coal is increasingly questioned, a new report by the Climate Action Tracker argues. Governments promoting the use of natural gas, especially in the power sector, risk encouraging investments in assets that will become stranded if nations take commitments to the Paris climate pact seriously, it said

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If Finkel review isn't dead it's going to take a miracle to revive it

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If Finkel review isn't dead it's going to take a miracle to revive it

- Much like the Pythonesque parrot, Alan Finkel's independent review into the future security of Australia's electricity market is looking very peaky. Tuesday's Coalition party room meeting decided that all but one of the Chief Scientist's 50-odd recommendations was uncontroversial. That almost sounds like our energy crisis might be averted. Consumers and businesses alike are staring at soaring gas and electricity prices, and the prospect of blackouts when summer roars back - if not sooner

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Koalas 'facing extinction' in some Australian states

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Koalas 'facing extinction' in some Australian states

- The conservation group WWF is warning that koalas could be wiped out in some Australian states amid deforestation and increasing attacks by livestock.

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Bangladesh landslides death toll continues to rise amid heavy rains

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Bangladesh landslides death toll continues to rise amid heavy rains

- Dhaka: At least five people have died in fresh landslides in Bangladesh, raising the death toll to 163 from heavy rains that have been lashing the country for a week. Three children died in the district of Khagrachhari and another woman and her daughter died in Moulvibazar, officials confirmed. Khagrachhari's police superintendent, Ali Ahmed Khan, said two children were buried in a mudslide that hit the room of their house in Ramgar town on Saturday night

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Australians want focus on renewables not coal, Lowy poll finds

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Australians want focus on renewables not coal, Lowy poll finds

- Australians overwhelmingly want governments to favour renewable energy over fossil fuels even if it costs more, and concerns about climate change are strengthening, a new Lowy Institute poll finds. The survey of 1202 adults during the first three weeks of March found 81 per cent of respondents wanted policymakers to focus on clean energy sources such as wind and solar, even if it costs more to ensure grid reliability

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Alan Finkel auditions for the role of Australia's chief political scientist

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Alan Finkel auditions for the role of Australia's chief political scientist

- Friday marks an important day in Australia's efforts to settle on climate action but those hoping chief scientist Alan Finkel has puzzled out a durable and effective solution are likely to be disappointed. Debate this week has focused on the means of how to achieve a cut in pollution, whether by a so-called clean energy target or an alternative route. But quite where the various rules and new mechanisms will take us in terms of carbon cuts has largely been sidelined

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Even in winter, veteran Point Lonsdale swimmers hear siren call of the sea

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Even in winter, veteran Point Lonsdale swimmers hear siren call of the sea

- Many people would consider it unhinged to swim in frigid Port Phillip Bay in winter, first thing in the morning. But our local wonder women, the Morning Mermaids of Point Lonsdale, swear by the health benefits of brisk exercise and seawater. You'll find them - hear their laughter first - at Springs Beach, be it raining, hailing or blowing a gale, every day of the year

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Lightning strike down Giants in dominant Super Netball grand final win

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Lightning strike down Giants in dominant Super Netball grand final win

- Super Netball: Sunshine Coast Lightning emphatically beat Giants in inaugural grand final The Sunshine Coast Lightning have won the first Super Netball title with a 65-48 win over the Giants in the grand final. Lightning goalkeeper Geva Mentor did a number on Giants shooter Kristina Brice and Susan Pettitt — finishing the game with four rebounds, four deflections and an intercept — and her effort was matched at the other end

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Climate change: Could melting Antarctic ice actually help to combat it?

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Climate change: Could melting Antarctic ice actually help to combat it?

- A team of scientists has found evidence that ancient volcanoes in Antarctica played a role in global climate and could help combat climate change now. A study, published in the journal, Nature Communications, explains how the chance discovery of a calcite crust in Antarctica, confirmed the region was subject to volcanic activity 24,000 years ago. The calcite was found by New Zealand-based geomorphologist, Paul Augustinus, who became stranded in Antarctica's Boggs Valley during a snowstorm

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Cabinet ministers rally behind Malcolm Turnbull over climate and energy policy

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Cabinet ministers rally behind Malcolm Turnbull over climate and energy policy

- Senior Turnbull government ministers have mobilised in the wake of Tuesday night's heated meeting of Coalition MPs on the vexed issue of climate change and energy policy. Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann emphasised on Wednesday morning that "business as usual" is not an option and the recommendations contained in a recent review by chief scientist Alan Finkel are just the beginning of a long-term policy process

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North Coast NSW braces for floods just 10 weeks after ex-Cyclone Debbie devastation

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North Coast NSW braces for floods just 10 weeks after ex-Cyclone Debbie devastation

- Flood warnings have been issued for parts of the New South Wales north coast just 10 weeks after the region was devastated by record-breaking floods caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Minor flood warnings have been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers at Lismore, Coraki and Bungawalbyn and the Brunswick River Valley at Billinudgel. A flood watch has also been issued for the Brunswick, Richmond, Wilsons, Tweed, Coffs Coast, Orara, Bellinger and Nambucca river valleys

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BOM warns of possible flooding on mid-north coast of NSW, wet weekend for Sydney

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BOM warns of possible flooding on mid-north coast of NSW, wet weekend for Sydney

- The State Emergency Service is urging people to prepare for possible flooding in NSW's northern coastal areas, with 200mm of rain predicted to fall in some areas this weekend. The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rainfall in several coastal areas over the next few days, with the potential for flooding from tomorrow. A flood warning is in place for the Orara, Nambucca, Bellinger, Kalang and Hastings River valleys

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Could the Finkel review into Australia's energy sector end the wars over climate policy?

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Could the Finkel review into Australia's energy sector end the wars over climate policy?

- Australia's chief scientist will today unveil a new blueprint for the nation's energy policy, aimed at ending almost a decade of political conflict on climate change policy. Alan Finkel will hand his review to the Prime Minister, premiers and chief ministers at a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Hobart. The report calls for a clean energy target (CET) — a policy designed to cut pollution and encourage more investment in the sector

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Low emissions target: Businesses push for political parties to compromise on climate change

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Low emissions target: Businesses push for political parties to compromise on climate change

- Leading Australian businesses are pleading with both sides of parliament to stop arguing about climate change policies. Chief scientist Alan Finkel will release a report tomorrow which is expected to call for a low emissions target (LET) — meaning a percentage of energy must be generated from low emissions sources. It would also force large scale renewable energy generators, like solar farms, to include battery storage to make them more reliable

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'It's scaring us': Locals fear for environment as Glencore pushes to expand burning mine

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'It's scaring us': Locals fear for environment as Glencore pushes to expand burning mine

- McArthur River Mine: Environmental concerns deepen over Glencore's expansion plan Fishing is an essential part of life for Keith Rory and his family, who cast a line on the McArthur River near the remote community of Borroloola, on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory. "We love our hunting and fishing, that's part of our life," Mr Rory said. But the plan to double the size of the nearby Glencore McArthur River lead and zinc mine has him worried

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Climate: Bill Shorten tells Malcolm Turnbull Labor might consider low emissions target

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Climate: Bill Shorten tells Malcolm Turnbull Labor might consider low emissions target

- A decade of political warring over energy and climate change policy could soon come to an end, with the Federal Opposition indicating it might consider a low emissions target (LET). Australia's chief scientist, Alan Finkel, is this week expected to recommend the Federal Government adopt the LET, to bring certainty to the nation's climate policy. Chief scientist Alan Finkel is widely expected to recommend the Federal Government adopt an expanded version of the renewable energy target

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    Murray-Darling plan doomed to fail unless more water earmarked for conservation: scientists

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    There has been no overall improvement in the health of Australia's biggest river system after five years of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP), scientists say. Key points: The MDBP governs the use of water from Australia's largest river system A new report says the amount of water allocated for environmental flow needs an increase by one third to improve river health Report also recommends $600m from plan be allocated to help struggling rural communities "Without substantial changes, the MDBP will fail," warns a report due out today from the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

     

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  • Murray-Darling plan doomed to fail unless more water earmarked for conservation: scientists
    Murray-Darling plan doomed to fail unless more water earmarked for conservation: scientists

    , abc.net.au

    There has been no overall improvement in the health of Australia's biggest river system after five years of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP), scientists say. Key points: The MDBP governs the use of water from Australia's largest river system A new report says the amount of water allocated for environmental flow needs an increase by one third to improve river health Report also recommends $600m from plan be allocated to help struggling rural communities "Without substantial changes, the MDBP will fail," warns a report due out today from the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

     

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