Tag: Victoria

NSW Covid live update: Sydney in lockdown as 30 new coronavirus cases reported and Virgin Australia flight attendant tests positive

Millions of NSW residents have woken up to the first day of a fortnight-long lockdown, which has sparked travel restrictions across Australia, as Queensland records two community cases. Follow latest updates Latest NSW rules and Sydney lockdown restrictions NSW Covid exposure sites and cases map Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing […]

In the staggering dislocation of 2020, I think of the many gifts my parents gave me | Christos Tsiolkas

For most Australians, two events of biblical solemnity will define this year: fire and plague. How should we respond? This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 As soon as my partner and I completed two weeks’ quarantine after returning from Europe in late March, I […]

Water-bombing pilots ‘consistently tasked too late’ when fighting bushfires, royal commission hears

Aircraft chief describes frustration at losing vital time while inquiry also told firefighter radios in different areas ‘largely incompatible’ Pilots flying water-bombing aircraft are “consistently tasked too late for fires” and sit idle on the tarmac until conditions worsen, the royal commission into national natural disaster arrangements has been told. The inquiry also heard that […]

Australia’s severe bushfire season was predicted and will be repeated, inquiry told

Forecasts that turned out to be accurate were made available to governments and fire agencies in the middle of 2019 The fires that caused 33 deaths, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, and burned more than 10m hectares of bushland were accurately predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology and in line with predictions Australia’s peak scientific […]

Killer heat: how a warming land is changing Australia forever

Australia is heating faster than the global average, and extreme heat days are on the rise. Doctors say there’s clear evidence that it’s killing people prematurely Continue reading…

Australia bushfires live: NSW and Victoria survey damage as fires merge to form new ‘megablaze’ – latest updates

Firefighters and property owner among those injured as megablaze burns on both sides of the Murray River in the Snowy Mountains and upper Murray region 12.37am GMT Anthony Albanese spoke to reporters in Sydney a short time ago about his proposal to suspend the ordinary business of parliament on 4 February, the first sitting day […]

Australia fires live: NSW and Victoria bushfires insurance bill tops $700m – latest updates

Rain falls on some NSW, Victorian and South Australian bushfire-affected areas, but worse fire conditions are forecast to return. Follow all today’s latest news and live updates 11.58pm GMT Anthony Albanese was asked about one of Eden-Monaro MP Mike Kelly’s proposals for a war-like mobilisation in response to the climate crisis, while on Studio Ten […]

NSW fires live updates: RFS warns south coast tourists to leave as Victoria bushfires continue – latest

At least nine people have died since Christmas Day, and the RFS is urging people to evacuate the New South Wales South Coast before dangerous conditions on the weekend. Follow the live news and latest updates today 11.28pm GMT Andy Gillem, the Gippsland incident controller, says there are 900 people are working north of Bairnsdale, […]

Rising temperatures could imperil future of Boxing Day Test cricket, report warns

Event may need to be played at night or in shoulder season as climate crisis exposes players and fans to unprecedented levels of extreme heat The Melbourne Boxing Day Test may have to be played at night or moved away from Christmas to November or March as the number of extreme heat days rises over […]

Australia fires live: NSW and SA count cost of bushfires after Balmoral and Cudlee Creek devastation – latest

Cudlee Creek fire revealed to have destroyed 86 homes, as residents in South Australia and New South Wales wait to discover the extent of devastation from the weekend’s fires. Follow today’s events live 10.16pm GMT Dear Santa, Australia is burning. We need rain. #drought #NSWbushfires #fires #qldbushfires #AustraliaFires pic.twitter.com/nLyWaagHoO 10.02pm GMT Devastating interview with Captain […]