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

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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

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

Australia’s summer heat hints at worse to come

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A couple shelter from the heat at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty

If the third warmest January on record occurred during a La Niña event, scientists are asking what El Niño has in store

February 27, 2017 — Right now south-eastern Australia is having an unbearable summer. Temperatures in Sydney have regularly been in the upper 30s in recent weeks, while inland areas have had several days in the mid-40s. Continue reading Australia’s summer heat hints at worse to come

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

Are seawalls the best answer to rising sea levels

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June’s devastating storms damaged beachfront homes on Sydney’s northern beaches. Some are calling for a seawall to be put in place. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

While barriers are the most widely used method of protecting coastal homes and infrastructure in Australia, landscape architects must consider other options

July 19, 2016 — The extraordinary pictures of subsumed gardens and a swimming pool wrenched from the ground by the giant waves that battered Sydney’s northern beaches last month have revived Continue reading Are seawalls the best answer to rising sea levels

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

Nauru asylum baby to remain in Australia

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‘LET THEM STAY’ In this photo, pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, February 5, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA
The decision comes after a public outcry among advocates against the harsh immigration policy

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 21, 2016) — Australia on Sunday, February 21, is set to allow an asylum-seeker’s baby to remain in the country instead of being deported back to a remote Pacific detention camp, Continue reading Nauru asylum baby to remain in Australia