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Australia's summer bushfire smoke killed 445 and put thousands in hospital, inquiry hears

Australia's summer bushfire smoke killed 445 and put thousands in hospital, inquiry hears

At least 80% of population was affected and health costs are estimated at $2bnSmoke from the Australian bushfires of the 2019-20 summer caused an estimated 445 deaths and put more than 4,000 people in
Australia’s ‘failing’ environmental laws will fuel further public health crises, Nobel laureate warns

Australia’s ‘failing’ environmental laws will fuel further public health crises, Nobel laureate warns

Bushfires and Covid-19 highlight connection between human health and natural world, states letter by almost 200 doctors and scientists Leading health professionals, including a Nobel laureate and a
Albanese demands Michael McCormack apology for 'hair on fire' climate change quip

Albanese demands Michael McCormack apology for 'hair on fire' climate change quip

Labor leader says deputy PM’s comment about activism is ‘entirely inappropriate’ after recent bushfiresAnthony Albanese has demanded the deputy prime minister and Nationals leader, Michael McCormack,
Victoria should expect one or two more 'megafires' before end of decade, study finds

Victoria should expect one or two more 'megafires' before end of decade, study finds

Author says global heating is increasing risk of fires in the state and logging is making forests more flammableVictoria is experiencing an increasing number of megafires that are threatening some of
Victoria, NSW and Queensland premiers appear on Q&A – as it happened

Victoria, NSW and Queensland premiers appear on Q&A – as it happened

Daniels Andrews, Gladys Berejiklian and Annastacia Palaszczuk on Q+A as Victoria and Queensland plan to ease lockdown restrictions. This blog is now closedSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily
Spared by the fires, NSW's south coast bushland now faces the bulldozers

Spared by the fires, NSW's south coast bushland now faces the bulldozers

Residents of the Shoalhaven are fighting to stop a housing development on one of the few unburnt areas in the districtResidents of a tiny community on the New South Wales south coast gathered at dawn
Three Platypuses Returned Back into Wild After Australian Bushfire Crisis

Three Platypuses Returned Back into Wild After Australian Bushfire Crisis

Three platypuses at the center of an emergency evacuation during Australia's scorching bushfire season have been released back into their natural habitat.
Coronavirus Australia update latest: NSW to relax restrictions to allow two adults to visit a household  – live news

Coronavirus Australia update latest: NSW to relax restrictions to allow two adults to visit a household – live news

Swimming and surfing allowed from 7am-5pm but beach itself remains closed given the area boasts the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Australia. Follow live Sign up to get coronavirus updates
Summer's bushfires released more carbon dioxide than Australia does in a year

Summer's bushfires released more carbon dioxide than Australia does in a year

Devastating 2019-20 fires estimated to have released 830m tonnes of carbon dioxide, more than all bar five countries in the worldAustralia’s devastating bushfire season is likely to have released 830m
NSW Rural Fire Service boss Shane Fitzsimmons steps down to lead new crisis agency

NSW Rural Fire Service boss Shane Fitzsimmons steps down to lead new crisis agency

The commissioner will head Resilience NSW, which will prepare and respond to major crises like coronavirusCelebrated New South Wales Rural Fire Services boss Shane Fitzsimmons has made the “absolutely
Fears for wildlife recovery after bushfires as coronavirus crisis stymies scientists’ fieldwork

Fears for wildlife recovery after bushfires as coronavirus crisis stymies scientists’ fieldwork

Monitoring work suspended due to restrictions on travel and physical contact, in a blow for research into threatened species Scientists are being forced to shut down or scale back fieldwork to assess
Smoke from Australia's bushfires killed far more people than the fires did, study says

Smoke from Australia's bushfires killed far more people than the fires did, study says

Exclusive: Poor air quality contributed to 400 deaths and more than 4,000 hospital attendances, research in Medical Journal of Australia shows Smoke pollution that blanketed Australia’s south-east for
Coronavirus: uncertainty over $1bn relief fund for Australian tourism, education and agriculture

Coronavirus: uncertainty over $1bn relief fund for Australian tourism, education and agriculture

Fund intended to work as both relief and recovery, like program rolled out in wake of bushfires, Scott Morrison says Regions and communities that are severely impacted by the coronavirus will be given
'We're all just waiting': NSW south coast residents still in limbo three months after bushfires

'We're all just waiting': NSW south coast residents still in limbo three months after bushfires

Locals like 73-year-old Lindy Marshall rely on friends for clean water, shower at other people’s homes and eat pub mealsIn the village of Verona on the fire-ravaged New South Wales south coast, Lindy
Bushfires in Australia’s New South Wales Are Officially Over After More Than 240 Days

Bushfires in Australia’s New South Wales Are Officially Over After More Than 240 Days

After over 240 days of intense fires, Australia’s New South Wales is officially free from bushfires. It’s a bright spot of news, as both humans and wildlife suffered devastating losses as a result of
Bushfire crisis conditions eight times more likely under 2C warming, analysis shows

Bushfire crisis conditions eight times more likely under 2C warming, analysis shows

Probability of Fire Weather Index reaching levels of 2019-20 summer increases 30% due to climate change, researchers sayThe hot and dry conditions that helped drive Australia’s bushfire crisis would
Defence force chief 'discomfited' by Morrison's bushfire response video

Defence force chief 'discomfited' by Morrison's bushfire response video

Angus Campbell says he spoke to Scott Morrison after video used images of ADF personnel without permissionThe chief of the defence force has said he was “discomfited” by Scott Morrison’s use of images
Calls to declare koalas endangered as population declines by two-thirds in 20 years

Calls to declare koalas endangered as population declines by two-thirds in 20 years

Exclusive: Bushfires likely to have killed about 5,000 koalas in NSW, report findsAbout 5,000 koalas in New South Wales are likely to have died in the bushfires, and their numbers may have dropped by
Labor presses officials over sports grants scandal – politics live

Labor presses officials over sports grants scandal – politics live

Penny Wong raises questions about possible breaches of ministerial standards. Meanwhile, AFP didn’t interview Clover Moore before deciding against Angus Taylor interview. All the day’s events, live