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Australian floods wash crocodiles into streets

Floods ravaging northern Australia have washed crocodiles onto the streets, where one was hit by a car, authorities said in a warning to residents Wednesday. More than 60 percent of the vast northeastern state of Queensland has been declared a

Australia heatwave claims 37 lives

As the Arctic freeze sweeps Britain, a record-breaking heatwave in Australia has claimed the lives of 37 people and sparked bushfiresthat have destroyed 29 homes. South Australia and Victoria have been the worst affected, enduring six consecutive days of temperatures

Dengue Fever Epidemic hits Australian tourist destinations

A dengue fever epidemic has taken hold in the popular tourist destination of Cairns in northern Queensland and authorities fear the deadly disease could spread south, further threatening the country’s already ailing tourism industry. Cases of the mosquito-borne disease, normally

At least 19 deaths in sweltering Australia

A SIGNIFICANTLY higher than average number of sudden deaths have occurred across Adelaide on the third consecutive day of 40C-plus temperatures. Since midnight, police have attended deaths at 19 separate addresses across the metropolitan area, Adelaide Now reported. Health Minister

Australia cracks down on Great Barrier Reef pollution

Australia announced a crackdown on pollution of the Great Barrier Reef Thursday as the World Heritage-listed site comes under increasing threat from toxic chemicals and climate change. Farmers who allow pesticides and fertilisers to run off into the seas around

Australia Wilts As Worst Heatwave Ever Hits

Emergency services have gone to high alert in southeast Australia as the region’s worst heatwave in a century sent temperatures soaring and residents scurrying for cover. Authorities warned elderly, sick and infant residents of the states of Victoria and South

Humans help mosquitoes spread disease

Humans adjusting to water shortages caused by global warming could help a dengue fever-carrying mosquito expand into new parts of Australia, according to a study released Tuesday. People hoarding water in ever-more parched swathes of the country already affected by

Australia’s Aborigines to suffer most from climate change

Australia’s outback Aborigines will be among the worst affected by climate change as soaring temperatures likely cause more disease and spur distress about the changing landscape, a new report shows. The expert report, published in the latest edition of the

Contamination fears over two-headed fish

Toxic chemical contamination was the likely cause of fatal fish mutations in northern Australia in which thousands of bass larvae spawned with two heads, an expert said Wednesday. Matt Landos, an aquatic animal specialist and member of the Australian College

Scientists aim to boost Southern Ocean CO2 monitoring

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Australian scientists set sail later this week on a voyage that could lead to better data from the Southern Ocean, which plays a major role in acting as a brake on climate change. Oceans absorb vast amounts