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Heatwave warning issued for western and central western New South Wales

14 January 2016
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A heatwave is on its way for many parts of New South Wales, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has warned. Temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius are due in several areas over the next three days. BoM warned parts of western and central western NSW are due to experience the highest temperatures, with the rest of […] Find out more

Melbourne weather: City set to cop first 40-degree December day in five years

16 December 2015
Public Health and Wellbeing
Melbourne weather: City set to cop first 40-degree December day in five years // Get your beach gear ready – Melbourne is tipped to cop its first 40-degree December day since 2010. Saturday is forecast to hit 39 degrees in the city, but Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Richard Carlyon says there is a good chance […] Find out more

Townsville, Burdekin now drought declared, Queensland Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says

29 November 2015
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Another seven Queensland regions have been drought declared, including Townsville and the Burdekin region, which are in the usually wet areas of north Queensland. More than 86 percent of the state is now in drought. Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne made the extra declarations in a visit to Giru in the Burdekin. He said the spread […] Find out more

RAAF chemical contamination of Tomago sandbeds reduces Hunter Water storage

29 November 2015
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The contamination crisis stemming from the Williamtown Air Force base is now impacting on the Hunter’s water supply, with Hunter Water losing access to 1.5 billion litres in the Tomago Sandbeds. Hunter Water has three pump stations inside the Environment Protection Authority’s investigation zone of the sandbeds, and has chosen to not use them until […] Find out more

Brazil dam burst: Death toll from state’s ‘worst environmental disaster’ to rise, local mayor says

9 November 2015
Emergency Management
Rescue teams have struggled to reach villages devastated by a massive mudflow after two dams burst at a major Brazilian mine that is co-owned by BHP Billiton, wreaking havoc more than 80 kilometres downstream and prompting officials to warn of a higher death toll. Key points: Up to 10 residents remain missing from village, 13 […] Find out more