Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What would you do if it was your child?

THE European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker has delivered a powerful speech imploring countries to act together to solve the worst refugee crisis in 70 years.

“I do not want to create any illusions that the refugee crisis will be over any time soon.

It will not.

But pushing back boats from piers, setting fire to refugee camps, or turning a blind eye to poor and helpless people: that is not Europe,” he said in the State of the Union address to the European Parliament modelled on the American tradition.

“We can build walls, we can build fences. But imagine for a second it were you, your child in your arms, the world you knew torn apart around you.

There is no price you would not pay, there is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not sail, no border you would not cross if it is war or the barbarism of the so-called Islamic State that you are fleeing.”

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To those who say there is not enough money.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Royal commission into SA’s future in nuclear industry begins

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission begins in Adelaide today, with University of Melbourne professor Ross Garnaut to be called as the first witness.

Address of the bookmark: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-09/nuclear-fuel-cycle-royal-commission-starts-in-adelaide/6758648

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Warning over unusual great white activity off WA coast

An unusually high number of great white sharks off the coast of Perth has prompted a warning to water users.

Six great white sharks have been tagged off Perth in the past two weeks by the Department of Fisheries.

Department scientist Dr Brett Molony said unusual activity was being caused by the annual migration of schools of salmon.

"The salmon typically migrate into metropolitan waters every year, but they are doing it in bigger numbers and staying around a lot more, a lot longer," he said.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-04/warning-over-unusual-great-white-activity-off-western-aus/6750598

What is El Niño and why does it have so much influence over our weather?

El Niño is an ocean and atmospheric phenomenon that has a significant impact on our planet's weather.

While an El Niño event influences the whole world, the main effect is on the Pacific area, especially Australia, Indonesia and south-west America.

"During El Niño we have the droughts in western Pacific counties, like Indonesia and Australia," says Dr Wenju Cai, a senior principal research scientist at CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship.

"But in other places — like Ecuador and Peru — these normally dry areas suddenly get a lot of rain. In the US, in California they experience flooding during El Niño events."

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/07/07/4032725.htm

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Warning over busy bushfire season across southern WA

Residents across much of the southern half of Western Australia are being urged to prepare for a tough bushfire season, with an increased fire risk being predicted.

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook has predicted the state's South West is at a higher risk this year due to a lack of rainfall, soil dryness and high fuel loads.

WA's South East, Murchison, Goldfields and Desert areas have also been recognised as being at risk for above normal fire activity due to higher fuel loads.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-01/warning-over-wa-bushfire-season-amid-increased-risk/6741618