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Heatwave and high winds threaten to reignite Australian wildfires

01 January, 2020 4:42 pm 4:42 pm

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Swathes of southeast Australia were bracing on Thursday for a days-long heatwave that threatens to stoke bushfires that have been burning for months. As firefighters and residents prepared for the heightened danger, the New South Wales (NSW) state government launched a six-month inquiry to examine both the causes of and response to … Read More

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Australia readies for more bushfires with temperatures set to soar

01 January, 2020 10:00 am 10:00 am

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian officials on Tuesday warned communities in hard-hit eastern states to strengthen bushfire defences as soaring temperatures and strong winds were set to return, threatening to reignite some blazes and start fresh ones. Since September, Australia has been battling bushfires that have killed 33 people and about 1 billion native animals, while … Read More

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Australian tourism industry seeks urgent help as cost of bushfires grows

01 January, 2020 11:49 am 11:49 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s peak tourism body estimated the country’s bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost A$1 billion ($690 million) and called for urgent help from the government to lure back visitors. Industry bosses were due to meet with Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham later on Thursday as storms and heavy rain brought … Read More

PM Imran Khan writes to Australian counterpart, expresses grief over bushfi...

01 January, 2020 4:07 pm 4:07 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to express his grief over devastating bushfires in the country. In the letter, the prime minister said that climate change is an important issue. “All countries will have to jointly counter this crisis,” he said. He also extended … Read More

Thai elephants march in silence for Australian bushfires

01 January, 2020 2:25 pm 2:25 pm

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (Reuters) – A troupe of elephants and school students held a silent march at a Thai elephant camp on Monday to pay their respects and raise awareness for the millions of animals killed in Australia’s raging bushfires. Elephants and their mahouts held up placards saying “Pray for Australia,” with pictures and cartoons of … Read More

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Smoke stalls rescues as Australia plans for next fiery onslaught

01 January, 2020 11:10 pm 11:10 pm

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian officials took advantage of better weather on Monday to reopen roads blocked by wildfires and move some people to safety although thick smoke stalled rescue efforts and hundreds of people remained stranded. Fires have ravaged more than 8 million hectares (19.8 million acres) of land across the country, an area nearly … Read More

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Thousands of people trapped in Australian coastal town by huge wildfires

12 December, 2019 10:31 am 10:31 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Thousands of tourists and residents in an Australian seaside town hunkered down in public buildings or waded into water at the seafront on Tuesday as wailing emergency sirens warned of a looming, fierce firefront. With the coastal town of Mallacoota ringed by wildfires and the main road in and out of town … Read More

Bushfires place Australian cricket summer under cloud

Bushfires place Australian cricket summer under cloud

12 December, 2019 3:57 pm 3:57 pm

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Hazardous smoke from bushfires raging over a large swath of eastern Australia have become a headache for the nation’s cricket board, which faces the threat of disruptions to its lucrative summer schedule. Match officials halted the Big Bash League (BBL) match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers midway through due to “dangerous … Read More

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‘Stoked’ Scott ends win drought at Australian PGA Championship

12 December, 2019 3:41 pm 3:41 pm

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Home favourite Adam Scott ended a victory drought of nearly four years on Sunday when he eased to a two-stroke win at the Australian PGA Championship. Overnight leader by a stroke, the former world no. 1 shot a three-under 69 to finish with a 13-under total of 275 at Royal Pine Resort … Read More

Australian, firefighters, access, badly burned towns; PM, defends, climate, policies

Australian firefighters access badly burned towns, PM defends climate polic...

12 December, 2019 3:29 pm 3:29 pm

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Firefighters battling wildfires in Australia made the most of cooler weather on Sunday to access badly burned towns and contain blazes before the expected return of hotter conditions at the end of the week. The reprieve came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended both his government’s climate change policies and his decision … Read More

Australian state declares emergency as wildfires surround Sydney

12 December, 2019 10:33 am 10:33 am

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state declared its second emergency in as many months on Thursday as extreme heat and strong winds stoked scores of uncontrolled bushfires, some on Sydney’s doorstep. In the same week the continent experienced its hottest day on record, thick smoke blanketed the harbor city, shrouded the Opera House and … Read More

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Australian students kick off global climate change protests

11 November, 2019 3:18 pm 3:18 pm

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Thousands of Australian students walked out of class on Friday to join rallies demanding stronger action to rein in climate change, which they said is contributing to the country’s bushfire crisis. Australia has been battling wildfires for weeks, which have killed at least four people, burnt about 2.5 million acres (1 million … Read More

Instagram post earns ban for Australian female player

11 November, 2019 10:09 pm 10:09 pm

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper Emily Smith has been suspended for a year for posting the Women’s Big Bash League team’s line-up on social media an hour before its scheduled release, Cricket Australia said on Monday. The ban, nine months of which are suspended, will rule the 24-year-old out of the remainder of the … Read More

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Bushfires conditions worsen in east and west Australia

11 November, 2019 8:48 am 8:48 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rising temperatures, lightning strikes and gusty winds further raised fire danger on both coasts of Australia on Sunday as the country already battles more than 120 bushfires and firefighters work day and night trying to contain them. Western Australia declared catastrophic fire ratings for four of the state regions as temperatures were … Read More

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Australian firefighters battle widespread blazes, brace for worse condition...

11 November, 2019 8:51 am 8:51 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian firefighters will spend Sunday trying to contain bushfires as authorities warn that widespread fire danger on Tuesday will stretch their ability to protect people. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) said on Sunday that they were expecting severe and extreme fire danger across broad parts of Australia’s most … Read More