Tag: Sydney (Australia)

The Return of the Platypuses

The platypus, liberated from the pillowcase in which it had been traveling, headed straight for water. Sarah May, watching, marveled at its glossy coat and the smoothness of its movement. It was like a Slinky, she said: “It almost poured over the ground.” The platypus reached the still pond, slid in, and was gone. Dr. […]

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Australian Police Arrest Suspect in Killing of Scott Johnson, a Gay American

Detectives in Australia have arrested a man in a notorious 1988 killing of a gay mathematician from the United States who was forced off a Sydney cliff in what officials called a hate crime. The killing of Scott Johnson drew attention to a rash of homophobia-driven crimes in the 1980s and ’90s in which gay […]

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In Sydney, the Magic Hour Means Noise. It’s Heavenly to Hear.

SYDNEY, Australia — At night, the crickets make my street sound like the wilderness. In the morning, I hear the birds chirping at top volume from sun up until deep into what used to be rush hour. But in late afternoon, the sounds of nature in a city where eight million people are working from […]

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Australia Says Goodbye to the World’s Longest Boom

SYDNEY, Australia — The line for unemployment benefits curled around the block in an upscale neighborhood of Australia’s largest city, with officially prescribed wide distances between everyone in need. There were restaurant workers in masks who had spent decades jumping from one hip hangout to another. An immigrant whose paychecks had risen as reliably as […]

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Has Australia Reached a Climate Tipping Point?

ImageBurned trees near Sarsfield, Australia, last month.Credit…James Ross/Agence France-Presse, via Pool/Afp Via Getty Images SYDNEY, Australia — Australia the untouchable bubble is no more. Only a few months ago, I joked with friends who had just returned from life in the northern hemisphere that, with the state of the world at that moment, our distance […]

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In Australia’s Most Populous State, ‘All Fires Are Contained’

SYDNEY, Australia — Wildfires that began in September, consumed millions of acres of forest and burned through beachside towns and suburbs are finally out in most of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, emergency services said Friday. Some fires in the southern part of the state still haven’t been extinguished, said Rob Rogers, the […]

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As Australia Burns, a Climate-Change Denier Rallies the Troops

SUTHERLAND, Australia — Throughout Australia’s devastating fire season, one Facebook page has rallied an angry public like no other, with more shares and comments than anything coming from the prime minister or the country’s largest environmental groups. That page belongs to Craig Kelly — a former furniture salesman who has spent a decade in Parliament […]

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