Tag: Australia

Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Toyota And Suzuki Offer To Buy Back 60,000 ‘Potentially Deadly’ Cars In Australia

Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Mazda, and Suzuki are offering to buy back roughly 60,000 vehicles in Australia impacted by the latest Takata airbag recall. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) revealed on January 10, 2020 that Toyota, Mazda, and Suzuki announced voluntary recalls of more than 18,000 cars built between 1996 and 1999 equipped with […]

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China’s Communist Party Scrambles to Confront Coronavirus Outbreak, a Test of Its Transparency

WUHAN, China — Facing growing pressure to contain a deadly viral outbreak that has spread in Asia, China’s ruling Communist Party raced on Tuesday to confront the disease, slapping restrictions on the epicenter in the central city of Wuhan and warning that anyone who hides infections will be “forever nailed to history’s pillar of shame.” […]

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Why These Australia Fires Are Like Nothing We’ve Seen Before

SYDNEY, Australia — In late October, lightning struck brittle earth on Gospers Mountain in New South Wales. The remains of trees bone dry from consecutive winters with little to no rain were ignited, and the fire quickly spread. Three months later, it is still burning. The Gospers Mountain fire, which became Australia’s largest “megablaze” as […]

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Fears of China’s Coronavirus Prompt Australia to Screen Flights

HONG KONG — Australian officials said Tuesday that the country would begin screening passengers on flights from Wuhan, the Chinese city where a new coronavirus has infected more than 200 people and killed at least four, as global concern has grown about the spread of the disease. Adding to worries about the outbreak was confirmation […]

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Australian Coal Company Says Bush-Fire Smoke Is Slowing Production

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s biggest mining company, BHP, announced on Tuesday that coal output was down at one of its large mines. The reason? Smoke from the country’s ferocious wildfires — a crisis fed by climate change, which is caused in no small part by the burning of coal. The reduced air quality in New […]

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VW Sending Off Mk7 Golf R With Custom-Painted Final Edition Down Under

Volkswagen is giving the Mk7.5 Golf R a colorful send-off in Australia with a ‘Final Edition’ version. Limited to 450 units, the VW Golf R Final Edition will feature several styling and equipment upgrades when it reaches Australian dealerships in May 2020. 150 of those models will be even more exclusive as they’ll get access […]

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Climate Change Takes Center Stage in Davos

Even before catastrophic fires broke out in Australia in late fall, climate change was at the top of the list of priorities at the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. But those fires — preceded by others in California — along with rising sea levels, flooding and supercharged storms, […]

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Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and causing ecological changes that scientists say are likely irreversible. Amid heat waves and drought linked to climate change, some 40,000 square miles of the island continent has been charred this fire season. The blazes reached into jungles that don’t normally burn and forested […]

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Roger Federer Will Always Be the Greatest (Even if He’s Not)

The start of a new tennis season prompts an inevitable question: Could this be Roger Federer’s last year on the court? It is a possibility that fills Federer partisans with something approaching existential dread — fear that the un-Federered life might not be worth living, or at least won’t be nearly as pleasurable. Federer is […]

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How Climate Change Influenced Australia’s Unprecedented Fires

Yves here. This post confirms the suspicions some have voiced about similarities between Australia’s and California’s fires. By Dana Nuccitelli. Originally published at Yale Climate Connections Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early months of […]

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Air Pollution, Evolution, and the Fate of Billions of Humans

The threat of air pollution grabs our attention when we see it — for example, the tendrils of smoke of Australian brush fires, now visible from space, or the poisonous soup of smog that descends on cities like New Delhi in the winter. But polluted air also harms billions of people on a continuing basis. […]

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Why Climate Denial Survives While Australia Burns

In April last year, 22 former fire and emergency chiefs from across Australia issued a statement just before a federal election, calling on Australia’s two major political parties—one of them likely to form the next government—to increase national emergency resources, such as large firefighting aircraft. According to a former fire commissioner who started fighting fires […]

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Australia’s Infernal Denial

It was in spring that the frightening laugh of the idiot arrived for Rimbaud. Australia’s own season in hell reached its pinnacle of stupidity a little later. Bushfires had broken out across the country’s eastern seaboard—where most of the population is clustered—in September. By October, still in the belly of the southern hemisphere’s spring season, […]

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