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disaster hits small business in many ways. we need a national strategy to help them adapt

Disaster hits small business in many ways. We need a national strategy to help...

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The main street of Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  Sean Davey/AAP When the central business district of Lismore was flooded in 2017, every small business owner in the northern New South Wales town had a...
we have the vaccine for climate disinformation – let’s use it

We have the vaccine for climate disinformation – let’s use it

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Exposing people to likely disinformation campaigns about bushfire causes will help inoculate them. JASON O'BRIEN/AAP Australia’s recent bushfire crisis will be remembered for many things – not least, the tragic loss of life, property and landscape....
out of control, contained, safe? here’s what each bushfire status actually means

Out of control, contained, safe? Here’s what each bushfire status actually means

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We’re used to images of firefighters with hoses, but more of the firefighting effort goes to clearing vegetation than spraying with water. Dean Lewins/AAP In this record-breaking bushfire season, notifications from emergency managers have become a...
scientists hate to say ‘i told you so’. but australia, you were warned

Scientists hate to say ‘I told you so’. But Australia, you were warned

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Without a radical change of course on climate change, Australians Australians will struggle to survive on this continent, let alone thrive. AAP/Dave Hunt Those who say “I told you so” are rarely welcomed, yet I...
conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires – but we must not give up

Conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires – but we must not give up

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Glossy black cockatoo populations on Kangaroo Island have been decimated. But a few precious survivors remain. Flickr That a billion animals may die as a result of this summer’s fires has horrified the world. For many conservation...
might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics australian needs?

Might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics Australian needs?

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The bushfire crisis is big enough to change the government’s emissions policy, but it swill need more. Shutterstock Countries have long periods in which policies change little, and only by increments. Occasionally there are turning points, when...
what employers need to know: the legal risk of asking staff to work in smokey air

What employers need to know: the legal risk of asking staff to work in...

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Canberra streets, January 5, 2020. Employers can’t ask employees to employees to turn up for work as normal without first asking some questions. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP Amid thick bushfire smoke in cities including Canberra and...
we know bushfire smoke affects our health, but the long-term consequences are hazy

We know bushfire smoke affects our health, but the long-term consequences are hazy

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What was short-term exposure has now become medium-term exposure to bushfire smoke in some parts of the country. Picture: Stephen Sapore/AAP In previous years, Australians might have been exposed to bushfire smoke for a...
bushfires, bots and arson claims: australia flung in the global disinformation spotlight

Bushfires, bots and arson claims: Australia flung in the global disinformation spotlight

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A targeted, coordinated online campaign has tried to mislead the public. While the myths have been debunked, the culpable parties remain unknown. SEAN DAVEY/AAP In the first week of 2020, hashtag #ArsonEmergency became the focal...
how wildfire smoke affects pets and other animals

How wildfire smoke affects pets and other animals

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A rural fire service crew attempts to protect a property in New South Wales in December 2019. Dean Lewins/AAP Images via AP Catastrophic fires across the globe are increasing in both frequency and magnitude. The bushfires in...