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Sydney waste-power incinerator plans halved amid pollution and health fears

552,000 tonnes of waste a year
More than 552,000 tonnes of waste a year would be burnt under revised plans for an energy incinerator in Sydney’s west. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Plant’s operator seeks approval for a phased development in the face of residents’ opposition and concerns over air quality

October 4, 2017 — Plans for the world’s biggest waste-to-energy plant in Sydney’s west have been cut in half, in an effort to address concerns from health and environmental authorities, and residents. Continue reading Sydney waste-power incinerator plans halved amid pollution and health fears

Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

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The Liddell coal-fired power station, on the right, near Muswellbrook in NSW. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Environmental law group has accused Delta Electricity of underreporting emissions at its Vales Point power station and breaching licence conditions

September 7, 2017 — The only Australian company with a stated potential interest in buying and keeping AGL’s ageing Liddell coal-fired power station open beyond 2022 is facing a number of allegations of environmental mismanagement. Continue reading Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

Australian coal-power pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report

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A representative of Victoria’s Yallourn power plant, pictured, told the EPA it did not report when pollution levels were exceeded. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Environmental Justice Australia report says Australian coal-fired power plants regularly exceed lax limits imposed on them

August 14, 2017 — Australian coal-fired power stations produce levels of toxic air pollution that would be illegal in the US, Europe and China, and regularly exceed even the lax limits imposed on them with few or no consequences, according to an investigation by Environmental Justice Australia. Continue reading Australian coal-power pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report

Extreme weather is hurting Australian farmers – it’s time to demand action

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All Australians will suffer if we lose agricultural production in food bowl areas because of climate change. Photograph: Dave and Les Jacobs/Getty Images/Blend Images

Heat, drought and floods are affecting Australia’s food security but shoppers can support farmers by learning about the origins of their groceries

May 11, 2017 — It’s easy to switch off during the weekly grocery shop. Everything we need is conveniently at our fingertips, so why bother thinking about where it comes from? If we pick up a banana Continue reading Extreme weather is hurting Australian farmers – it’s time to demand action

Extreme summers surging due to global warming

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The mean temperature in Sydney was 2.8C above average in December, January, and February, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, and climate scientists say the probability of extreme weather is increasing. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP

Report’s authors say Sydney unprepared for knock-on effects of a significant increase in average summer temperatures

March 1, 2017 — New South Wales, which has just experienced its hottest summer on record, is 50 times more likely to experience another similarly hot summer and 10 times more likely to Continue reading Extreme summers surging due to global warming

Sydney air pollution alert issued as temperature heads to 38C

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The air-quality forecast for Sydney’s metropolitan area on Tuesday is ‘poor’, denoting a score of 100-149 on the Air Quality Index. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

High ozone levels trigger air quality alert with health department warning asthma sufferers to be prepared and limit exposure

January 10, 2017 — An air pollution alert has been issued for Sydney residents due to a high level of ozone, already exceeding government standards for the entire year.  Continue reading Sydney air pollution alert issued as temperature heads to 38C

Melbourne records its hottest March night since records began

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The all-time record until Tuesday night was 26.9C, recorded on 18 March in 2008. Photograph: David Crosling/AAP
Temperatures hovered around 30°C for most of Tuesday night, after reaching a daytime peak of 38.9°C

March 9, 2016 — Melbourne sweltered through its hottest March night on record on Tuesday, hovering around 30°C after reaching a peak of 38.6°C in the city at 5pm.

Continue reading Melbourne records its hottest March night since records began