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How Nature Affects the Carbon Cycle

As global temperatures warm, scientists say that in both Australia and the Arctic natural processes are at work to help mitigate the increased heat.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Winds Put Heat on Australia

Winds of change caused by greenhouse gases in the Southern Ocean are keeping Antarctica cold but parching Australia by “stealing” more of its rainfall.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Some Say the World Will End in Fire:’ Climate Panel Paints Mad Max World of Famine, Fire, War

It is fire, i.e., massive global warming, that threatens the world as we know it.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



Human Activities ‘Caused Record Oz Heat’

Human activities made last year’s record-breaking hot summer in Australia five times more likely than it would otherwise have been, meteorologists report.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Nature Is Trying to Tell Us Something

While it’s cold in much of the U.S., Australia has been sweltering through record-breaking heat. One player at the Australia Open said her plastic water bottle began to melt.

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It’s Getting Hotter in Oz

Influential members of the new Australian government are rejecting measures designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but the mounting evidence of increasing heat is contradicting them.

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China’s Pollution Problems Threaten Oz Coal Exports

Concerned about air pollution and climate change, China is set to reduce its coal consumption. And that will be a headache for Australia, which supplies nearly a third of the growing nation’s coal.

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An Even Quicker Death for the Great Barrier Reef?

As if climate change weren’t destroying the natural wonder quickly enough, the Australian government’s approval for construction of one of the world’s largest coal ports will involve dumping 3 million cubic meters of earth drudged from the ocean floor into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



Why Isn’t Anybody Talking About the Major Oil Discovery in Australia?

Crude found outside a small town in the land down under nearly outnumbers all the reserves in Saudi Arabia; former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes JFK’s assassination was part of a larger conspiracy; meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande stands up to Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Assange May Get Another Chance at Australian Senate

Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks Party made a Senate bid in September for a spot representing Victoria, Western Australia. Now, thanks to some missing ballots being found, the party has another opportunity to take part in the elections, and this time Assange himself will head the party ticket.

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Australian Parties Sidetrack CO2 Threat

Australians’ concerns about climate change have been sidetracked by the two major parties in the bruising campaign that has led up to the federal elections.

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Australia’s Floods Had Global Effects

Puzzled oceanographers who wondered where the sea level rise went for 18 months now have their answer. It went to Australia.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Navy Unloads Bombs in Great Barrier Reef

American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into the world’s largest network of coral structures last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE


Surprise: Jesus Lives in Australia

An Australian man living in rural Queensland claims to be Jesus reborn and, as he points out, “There were lots of people in the first century who didn’t believe I was the messiah and were offended by what I said, and in fact I died at the hands of some of them.”

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Yet More Power for the Global 1 Percent

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a U.S.-led free trade agreement that would exempt multinational corporations from having to comply with policies governing industry in signatory countries, looks set to be rammed into law without comment or notice from much of the American media.

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Australians Told to Expect Worse Weather

Australia’s recent bought of fierce and frequent floods, fires and droughts is likely only to intensify, a report says, unless the world moves fast to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Julian Assange to Run for Office

From his de facto prison in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, the WikiLeaks founder intends to seek a seat in the Australian Senate as a member of the newly formed WikiLeaks Party, reports the Australian daily The Age.

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Renewable Energy ‘Could Run Australia’

Australia could rely on renewable energy for all its needs, according to new research—if it could just find the political will to make the change.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Wildfires Rage in Tasmania

A heat wave in Australia has given way to wildfires on the island of Tasmania, stranding thousands of people and destroying at least 100 homes.

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Underwater Landslide Could Trigger Australian Tsunami

A slab of rock overhanging an underwater canyon near the northeast border of Australia threatens to generate a tsunami when it eventually breaks off, researchers warned Friday.

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Dumb Ways to Die

An Australian train company has employed grim humor in a sing-a-long a public service video warning against behaving carelessly in the presence of piranhas, unrefrigerated food and trains.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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1,200 New Coal Power Plants Planned Worldwide

Despite warnings from scientists and environmental groups that global warming will be unstoppable if carbon emissions do not peak within a few years, 59 countries, led by China and India, are planning to expand their coal-powered energy sources.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


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The Roots of Gore Vidal’s Discontent

Gore Vidal, the high-born author and activist who died Tuesday at the age of 86, was a man who had grand, democratic ambitions for his country—a nation that became a pale, mocking imitation of the place he knew during his pre-World War II boyhood—says his longtime friend Bob Carr, the current Australian minister of foreign affairs.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Medical Mystery Takes a Toll on Cambodian Children

Medical professionals are puzzling over why a hand, foot and mouth disease has killed so many children in a relatively small outbreak in Cambodia.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Weapons of Mass Pigmentation

In this simple, delightful installation, thousands of kids armed with thousands of colorful stickers turned a completely white room into a work of art.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Does Obama Suddenly Want a War With China?

One might think that a bitter Central Asian war in Afghanistan and an ambiguous commitment to Iraq would be enough for President Barack Obama to cope with.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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A History of Rupert Murdoch

This brief history of Rupert Murdoch by Bruce Page, author of the book “The Murdoch Archipelago,” originally ran in 2009 as a straightforward antidote to Michael Wolff’s “sycophantic” (in Page’s view) 2008 book on the international media mogul, “The Man Who Owns the News.” Pictured above, Rupert’s father, Sir Keith Murdoch. (more)

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Foreign Governments Evacuating Citizens From Tokyo

With U.S. nuclear and energy officials offering dire assessments of Japan’s nuclear disaster, the State Department expanded the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant to 50 miles, four times that ordered by the Japanese government. France, Britain, Australia and Turkey have all ordered evacuations of Tokyo or warned against travel to the region.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Aussies Elect First Indigenous MP

In a historic moment for Australia, an Aboriginal man has won a seat in the country’s House of Representatives, the first indigenous person to be elected as an MP in Australia’s century-long history as a democracy.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Aussie Internet Filter Delayed, Mate

The implementation of a national Internet filter in Australia, hilariously dubbed the “Clean Feed,” has been postponed as “sections of the community” continue to criticize the extent to which the filter would block content.

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Introducing Australia’s First Female PM

Her name is Julia Gillard, and she’s Australia’s first lady prime minister, voted in Thursday after a power shuffle in the government’s highest ranks. However, besides the whole gender angle, Aussies apparently don’t expect Gillard to bring big changes into office with her.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE



‘Australia Loses Freedom Points’ Edition

Chinese swingers head to jail, Australia hunts down and grounds the founder of WikiLeaks, and David Lynch does Dior. All this and more on today’s list.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


Iceland Erupting [A Cartoon from Australia]

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Reschedules Pacific Trip, Citing Health Care, Manners

The White House already postponed the president’s trip to Indonesia (with a stopover Down Under) once in order to get health care done. With lobbying still to do and fears of having to cancel at the last minute, the trip has been pushed to June and could be combined with a visit to India.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Australia Sorry for Abuse of Castoff Kids

In the decades after World War II, some 10,000 British children were separated from their families and exiled to Australia, where many were physically and sexually abused and some were put to work in what were effectively child labor camps. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 READ MORE


Racism Down Under and Beyond

One country’s taking the piss is another’s bigotry. A blackface sketch on an Australian variety show has exposed what the Global Post calls “an ugly side of the Australian character.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama’s Invisible Achievement

If governments had not acted aggressively, the economic situation would have become a cataclysm. But because the cataclysm was avoided, this is an invisible achievement.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE


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The Case of the Whacked-Out Wallabies

Australians have found the source of a rash of mysterious crop circles: drugged-out wallabies. According to the attorney general of Tasmania, the kangaroo-like creatures have been eating opium poppies in fields grown for medical purposes, getting high and walking around in circles. Are you listening, Mel Gibson?

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Brit Scores ‘Best Job in the World’

On Saturday, 34-year-old Ben Southall became the luckiest son of a gun in the world. As of July 1, Southall will become the guardian of tropical Hamilton Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Duties include swimming, relaxing and blogging as part of a $1.7 million tourism publicity campaign for the area. Sorry ladies, he’s already taken.

Posted on May 9, 2009 READ MORE


Change You Can Translate

If there is a trend in democratic nations now, it is toward younger politicians who express disenchantment with the status quo, more by questioning past approaches than by offering fully worked-out alternative systems.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE



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We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction

All efforts to save the planet will be useless if we do not cut population growth. By 2050, the planet will have between 8 billion and 10 billion people, according to a recent U.N. forecast. And yet studies, books and documentaries that deal with various crises fail to discuss the danger of all those billions of hungry people looking for a better life.

Posted on Mar 8, 2009 READ MORE



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Australia PM Calls Fires ‘Mass Murder’

Wildfires sweeping across southern Australia have killed more than 170 people, a number that is expected to rise. With news that arson could be to blame for some of the fires, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said, “There are no words to describe it other than mass murder.”

Posted on Feb 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Introducing ... Skateistan

Oliver Percovich, a 34-year-old Australian skateboarding enthusiast, has found willing pupils among the youths of Kabul, Afghanistan, who are learning some new tricks in borrowed and donated spaces, making a play for a bit of adolescent normalcy amid the signs of war. Updated

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Great Barrier’s Grief

Leave it to global warming to ruin both a day at the beach and an entire oceanic ecosystem. Researchers are blaming the environment’s public enemy No. 1 as well as rising seawater acidity for what has been the slowest coral growth rate at the Great Barrier Reef in more than 400 years.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Canada to Apologize to Indigenous Groups

Following a similar move by Australia earlier this year, Canada’s prime minister will offer a formal apology to the country’s indigenous peoples for the state’s unjust treatment of them, most notably the forced enrollment of more than 100,000 native students in state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them into white society.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


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