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‘Imperialist’ citizenship idea sparks spat between Australia and Pacific islanders

Tuvalu PM rejects idea that islanders would exchange maritime rights for Australian citizenship, telling Canberra to focus on breaking its coal addiction — Tensions have flared up between Australia and its Pacific neighbours over the future – or lack of it – for small island states as sea levels rise. Australian former prime minister Kevin …

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Yellow crazy ant invasion threatens Queensland world heritage rainforest as funding dries up

Program holding ants at bay in wet tropics suffers from lack of government funding commitment — Funding to keep a voracious invasive ant from establishing super colonies in Australia’s wet tropics world heritage area has less than six months of funding left, risking its future, Guardian Australia has been told. The Wet Tropics Management Authority …

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The ‘laughing matter’ of Australia’s relationship with the Pacific

The Fijian PM used the Australian leader’s visit to call out his promotion of fossil fuels, showing Scott Morrison is on the wrong side in the Pacific as well as at home — Australia and its Pacific Island neighbours are worlds apart when it comes to the urgency and response to climate change and this …

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Australia had third-warmest year on record in 2018

Bureau of Meteorology says average temperature was 1.14°C above average for 1961-1990, making 2018 slightly warmer than 2017 — Last year was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, with every state and territory recording above average temperatures in 2018. According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, the nation’s average temperature last year was 1.14°C …

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The end of coffee: could Australia save the world’s beans

Climate change may devastate the globe’s major coffee-growing regions through extreme weather events – but Australia could be the solution — If a future of relentless fires, droughts, superstorms and rising sea levels makes you feel like you need a strong caffeinated beverage, there is some bad news: climate change is coming for the world’s …

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Industry backs NSW call for Morrison government to require emissions cut

Australian Industry Group says an emissions reduction obligation in national policy is ‘vastly superior’ to separate state schemes — The New South Wales government’s call to end the “climate wars” has won a tick of approval from the Australian Industry Group, which represents Australia’s largest industrial energy users. The employer body’s chief executive, Innes Willox, …

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australia’s fire seasons are longer and more severe

Australia experiencing more heat, longer fire seasons and rising oceans

State of the climate report points to a long-term increase in the frequency of extreme heat events, fire weather and drought — Australia is experiencing more extreme heat, longer fire seasons, rising oceans and more marine heatwaves consistent with a changing climate, according to the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO’s state of the climate report. …

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Sydney and Melbourne vow to ditch coal power

Australian cities joined global alliance to end coal-fired power, while the federal government proposes using taxpayer cash to underwrite new plants — The cities of Sydney and Melbourne committed themselves to phasing out coal on Thursday, in a move at odds with the Australia’s aggressively pro-coal national government. The country’s two largest cities joined an …

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Pacific nations under climate threat urge Australia to abandon coal within 12 years

Frustrated leaders appeal to ‘all OECD countries’ to phase out use as Australia signals support for new plants — Pacific countries vulnerable to climate change have urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing plants. The call from 15 small Pacific island states …

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Banks urged not to fund coal power as government moves to underwrite projects

Activist groups warn providing finance for coal-fired power stations is inconsistent with banks’ commitments to Paris agreement — Environmental and progressive activist groups are urging Australia’s major banks and financial institutions not to fund new coal projects now that the Morrison government has flagged taxpayer assistance for power generation. The Australian Conservation Foundation, GetUp, Greenpeace, …

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