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Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia

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Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia

- Most of Australia can expect a hotter-than-average spring driven in part by unusually warm waters off the east coast, increasing the chances of an early and active fire season in the south-east. For Sydney, the outlook is also for the abnormally warm winter to extend through spring. The Bureau of Meteorology's three-month outlook released on Thursday also shows the odds will favour milder overnight temperatures will extend through much of September to November for eastern half of the country
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Climate fiction forum sees TV drama as one solution to global warming

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Climate fiction forum sees TV drama as one solution to global warming

- For marine ecologist Adriana Verges, the problem of climate change is so urgent that scientists need clever new strategies to draw more attention to it. And one of them is developing TV dramas that focus on not sci-fi but cli-fi - climate fiction. Dr Verges, who lectures at the University of NSW, came up with the idea of teaming scientists with leading screenwriters for a forum that is being held at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School
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'Black hole': Pollution from coal-fired power worse than overseas, survey finds

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'Black hole': Pollution from coal-fired power worse than overseas, survey finds

- Australia's biggest coal-fired power stations are permitted to dump toxic pollutants on nearby populations far in excess of overseas counterparts, even those in China, a survey by Environmental Justice Australia found. The study of 10 of the largest plants in NSW, Queensland and Victoria shows limits of key pollutants – such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates – typically far exceed those in US, European Union and China
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Severe weather warning for southwest WA

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Severe weather warning for southwest WA

- A severe weather warning for Perth and the south west is in place for Monday, with destructive 125km/h winds expected to lash Perth and surrounds. The Bureau of Meteorology says a strong cold front bringing sustained rain showers and strong, gusty westerlies will sweep the region during Monday. Authorities warn the conditions could result in significant damage to or the destruction of homes and property focused southwest of a line from Busselton to Hopetoun
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WA weather: Wind gust of 109kph recorded as biggest storm of winter sweeps in

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WA weather: Wind gust of 109kph recorded as biggest storm of winter sweeps in

- Damaging winds have hit the south-western corner of Western Australia as part of the biggest cold front to strike the state this winter — but there have been no reports of any major damage so far. The severe cold front is passing over the southern half of WA after a weekend of wet and windy weather. The strongest wind gust recorded was 109 kilometres per hour, at Cape Leeuwin, south of Margaret River, overnight
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It's summer in August for Sydney's runners, children ... and dinosaurs

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It's summer in August for Sydney's runners, children ... and dinosaurs

- Sydneysiders are making the most of a warm winter, enjoying the outdoors at parks and beaches across the city. Centennial Park hosted the fifth annual Science in the Swamp event, launching National Science Week, as children and dinosaurs alike enjoyed a warm August day in the park. The sun was also shining on with racers enjoying a warm and sunny day
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Flood warnings as 'significant cold front' approaches the WA coast

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Flood warnings as 'significant cold front' approaches the WA coast

- Serpentine Falls was a spectacular sight on Saturday afternoon after heavy rainfall drenched the region, prompting a flood warning from the Bureau of Meteorology. Weatherzone recorded 38.6mm of rain in the Serpentine area on Saturday, which brought the region's August total to 131.8mm in just eight days. A further 15 to 25mm of rain has been predicted to drench the Serpentine area over the next two days
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Sydney's underwater crayweed forest makes recovery in Eureka moment for scientists

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Sydney's underwater crayweed forest makes recovery in Eureka moment for scientists

- Underwater seaweed forests that disappeared off a 70-kilometre stretch of Sydney's coastline in the 1980s have made a remarkable recovery through a project that has reached the final of the Eureka Prize for environmental research. Scientists believe the same transplant technology could help other coastlines that are in peril across Australia. Dr Ezequiel 'Ziggy' Marzinelli, a senior research fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) said vast forests of crayweed vanished from urban areas of Sydney in the 1980s
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City2Surf runners greeted with warm weather as Sydney heats up

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City2Surf runners greeted with warm weather as Sydney heats up

- Glorious sunshine has greeted 80,000 runners as they line up for the 14 kilometre journey from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach in this year's City2Surf. The mercury is expected to rise to a top of 21 degrees today, with overnight clouds clearing earlier this morning. The warm temperatures are likely to stick around for the remainder of the week. Temperatures will reach the mid 20s across the city before cooler conditions return on Friday
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NSW government's waste claims dismissed as 'fiction' by environmental groups

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NSW government's waste claims dismissed as 'fiction' by environmental groups

- The NSW government is claiming waste recycling rates about twice real levels and is refusing to amend its published data despite being presented with more accurate industry-sourced information, green groups say. In the latest , the then Baird government boasted that 62.5 per cent of wasted was recycled in 2012-13. Commercial and industrial waste was "close to achieving" the 2014 recycling target of 63 per cent, it said
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Adani fined $12,000 for Abbot Point coal terminal stormwater breach

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Adani fined $12,000 for Abbot Point coal terminal stormwater breach

- Indian mining giant Adani has been fined $12,000 for a stormwater breach at its Abbot Point coal terminal during Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The Adani-owned Abbot Point Bulk Coal was granted a temporary licence to more than triple its "suspended solids" releases during the severe weather in March. But the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection claimed more than eight times that amount was released into the ocean near the north Queensland facility
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Australia's top bank sued over climate change risks

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Australia's top bank sued over climate change risks

- Australia's biggest bank just became the first financial institution to be sued over how it deals with the risk of climate change to its business. Two shareholders of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia filed a lawsuit in the country's federal court on Tuesday, alleging that the bank did not "adequately disclose" the risks climate change could pose to its financial stability
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Commonwealth Bank in new lawsuit over climate risks

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Commonwealth Bank in new lawsuit over climate risks

- SYDNEY (Reuters) - A husband and wife filed a lawsuit against No. 2 Australian lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia on Tuesday accusing it of failing to disclose investment risks associated with climate change, adding to publicity headwinds for the bank. The unprecedented lawsuit comes less than a week after a government regulator took the A$140 billion ($111 billion) bank to court for alleged breaches of anti-money-laundering rules, a case some analysts believe will lead to hefty fines
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Avalanche warning for the Victorian alps

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Avalanche warning for the Victorian alps

- An avalanche warning has been issued for the state’s Alpine region today. It’s delivered between 70-80 centimetres of snow to Victoria’s main alpine resorts in the past three days. The snowfall has prompted authorities to carry out controlled avalanches on the alps, and issue an avalanche warning with more mild conditions together with strong winds expected to increase the risk of avalanches today
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Queensland weather: Damaging winds and large hail likely for Moreton Bay

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Queensland weather: Damaging winds and large hail likely for Moreton Bay

- A severe storm warning has been issued for south-east Queensland on Sunday evening. The Bureau of Meteorology said about 4.30pm the wet weather was moving east Lake Somerset and were were expected to deliver damaging winds and large hailstones to the Moreton Bay region. Caboolture, Mount Mee, Wamuran, Bribie Island and Beerburrum were forecast to be hit by 5.30pm, before the system was expected to continue moving east offshore
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Japan bracing for Typhoon Noru as deaths recorded

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Japan bracing for Typhoon Noru as deaths recorded

- Typhoon Noru is approaching Japan's main islands, lashing the southern part of the country with heavy rain and strong winds. The powerful typhoon already buffeted Japan's southern islands on Saturday, leaving two dead and nine missing, local broadcaster NHK reported. The Japan Meteorological Agency on Sunday warned of mudslides, flooding, high waves and swollen rivers on Kyushu and other southern islands
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Melbourne weather: Hailstorms loom for city as blizzards sweep the ski fields

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Melbourne weather: Hailstorms loom for city as blizzards sweep the ski fields

- Brace yourself for bleak weather across the state today. Hailstorms threaten across Melbourne's suburbs from late morning and through the afternoon, and blizzards will continue to sweep snow across Victoria's ski fields. It will be freezing but not flooding, says Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Dean Stewart. "There will be passing showers during today," Mr Stewart said, "but generally it is not going to be widespread rain across the Melbourne area
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    Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia

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    Most of Australia can expect a hotter-than-average spring driven in part by unusually warm waters off the east coast, increasing the chances of an early and active fire season in the south-east. For Sydney, the outlook is also for the abnormally warm winter to extend through spring. The Bureau of Meteorology's three-month outlook released on Thursday also shows the odds will favour milder overnight temperatures will extend through much of September to November for eastern half of the country
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  • Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia
    Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia

    , smh.com.au

    Most of Australia can expect a hotter-than-average spring driven in part by unusually warm waters off the east coast, increasing the chances of an early and active fire season in the south-east. For Sydney, the outlook is also for the abnormally warm winter to extend through spring. The Bureau of Meteorology's three-month outlook released on Thursday also shows the odds will favour milder overnight temperatures will extend through much of September to November for eastern half of the country
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  • Flood warnings as 'significant cold front' approaches the WA coast
    Flood warnings as 'significant cold front' approaches the WA coast

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    Serpentine Falls was a spectacular sight on Saturday afternoon after heavy rainfall drenched the region, prompting a flood warning from the Bureau of Meteorology. Weatherzone recorded 38.6mm of rain in the Serpentine area on Saturday, which brought the region's August total to 131.8mm in just eight days. A further 15 to 25mm of rain has been predicted to drench the Serpentine area over the next two days
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  • Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia
    Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia

    , smh.com.au

    Most of Australia can expect a hotter-than-average spring driven in part by unusually warm waters off the east coast, increasing the chances of an early and active fire season in the south-east. For Sydney, the outlook is also for the abnormally warm winter to extend through spring. The Bureau of Meteorology's three-month outlook released on Thursday also shows the odds will favour milder overnight temperatures will extend through much of September to November for eastern half of the country
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  • Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia
    Unusual winter warmth predicted to extend through spring for most of Australia

    , smh.com.au

    Most of Australia can expect a hotter-than-average spring driven in part by unusually warm waters off the east coast, increasing the chances of an early and active fire season in the south-east. For Sydney, the outlook is also for the abnormally warm winter to extend through spring. The Bureau of Meteorology's three-month outlook released on Thursday also shows the odds will favour milder overnight temperatures will extend through much of September to November for eastern half of the country
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  • Trump's environment chief pushes effort to question climate change science
    Trump's environment chief pushes effort to question climate change science

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    Washington: The Trump administration is debating whether to launch a government-wide effort to question the science of climate change, an effort that critics say is an attempt to undermine the long-established consensus that human activity is fuelling the Earth's rising temperatures. The move, driven by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt, has sparked a debate among top Trump administration officials over whether to pursue such a strategy
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  • Flood warnings as 'significant cold front' approaches the WA coast
    Flood warnings as 'significant cold front' approaches the WA coast

    , smh.com.au

    Serpentine Falls was a spectacular sight on Saturday afternoon after heavy rainfall drenched the region, prompting a flood warning from the Bureau of Meteorology. Weatherzone recorded 38.6mm of rain in the Serpentine area on Saturday, which brought the region's August total to 131.8mm in just eight days. A further 15 to 25mm of rain has been predicted to drench the Serpentine area over the next two days
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