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Australian Climate Council calls for urgent action as records tumble

Guardian: Record hot spells in Australia this month blurred the line between summer and autumn in another sign of rapidly advancing global warming, a Climate Council report says. The first four days of March saw maximum temperatures in much of the country 4C above average – and 8C to 12C above average in most of southeastern Australia – the report said. Despite summer being over, the New South Wales/Victorian border towns of Echuca and Tocumwal suffered the longest, hottest spell in their recorded history,...

Tougher pollution laws put forward in wake of Palmer Queensland Nickel saga

Guardian: Clive Palmer could be forced to shoulder the $100m cost of cleaning up his Queensland Nickel operation under proposed state laws that would expand the chain of corporate responsibility for pollution. The Palaszczuk government has introduced a bill that would let environmental authorities pursue parent companies, executives or ultimate owners for the cost of rehabilitating industrial sites after the operator collapsed. The environment minister, Steven Miles, in a speech to parliament on Tuesday,...

Queensland minister green groups forced radical shift Great Barrier Reef

Guardian: Government moves to protect the Great Barrier Reef would not have occurred but for green groups “holding governments to account”, Queensland’s environment minister, Steven Miles, says. The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has accused environment groups of exaggerating threats to the reef, citing Greenpeace for waging a “deceptive campaign” to have it declared “in danger” by the UN. But Miles voiced his support for the role of green groups before his trip to Germany for a final UN decision...

Great Barrier Reef: Unesco to release draft ruling ‘in danger’ listing

Guardian: Unesco will release a draft ruling on whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as in danger early on Saturday morning in a critical moment for Australia’s stewardship of the world’s largest coral reef. The recommendations will inform a final decision by the UN’s world heritage committee next month, which, if in favour of declaring the reef in danger, would herald a new era of outside scrutiny of its care. Federal and state ministers are reportedly confident that the scale of their investments...