Australia’s Qantas delays target date for international flights

The airline now says it is aiming to resume international flights in October, as it reported a 75 percent plunge in revenue. Qantas Airways Ltd says it has pushed back its target for a widespread resumption of international travel from Australia by four months until the end of October when the country’s vaccination programme is […]

Australia’s NSW told to mask up, as cluster of cases grows

New South Wales government also moves to close clubs and restrict size of gatherings. The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) on Saturday made masks compulsory in Sydney, reduced the size of gatherings and imposed new restrictions on movement, as a COVID-19 cluster expanded, and Victoria recorded new locally acquired cases in an outbreak […]

Making sense of Australia’s climate exceptionalism

2020 has had no shortage of images of catastrophe and suffering, but the ones that haunt me the most are from the inferno that engulfed my home country, Australia, at the very beginning of the year. For us Australians, the year started with images of giant flames climbing up the cliffs of the Blue Mountains […]

After Australia’s fires: A devastated community rebuilds together

Wonboyn, Australia – “It was about two months after the fire,” said Ian Williamson. “We’d been into town shopping. And I just collapsed on the ground crying and screaming.” On January 4 this year, the devastating bushfires that made media headlines around the world ripped through Wonboyn, a small lakeside community on Australia’s east coast. […]

More than 60,000 koalas killed or hurt in Australia’s bushfires

More than 60,000 koalas were among the animals badly affected by the bushfire crisis in Australia a year ago, according to a report commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia. The worst losses were on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, where the conservation group estimates more than 41,000 koalas were killed or harmed by […]

Japan’s Journey to an Asteroid Ends With a Hunt in Australia’s Outback

Japan’s space agency is nearing the end of a journey of discovery that aims to shed light on the earliest eons of the solar system and possibly provide clues about the origins of life on Earth. But first, it is going to have to go on a scavenger hunt in the Australian outback. This weekend, […]

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef ‘critical’ due to climate change

International Union for Conservation of Nature report says more than a third of world’s heritage sites are of ‘significant concern’ or ‘critical’. The health of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem, is in a critical state and deteriorating as climate change warms the waters around it, an international conservation group […]

Australia’s economy bounced back in the third quarter

Strong household spending drove Australia’s GDP 3.3 percent higher in the third quarter, but unemployment remains high. Australia’s economy rebounded sharply in the third quarter from a coronavirus-induced recession as consumer spending surged, though the country’s top central banker signalled monetary policy will stay supportive of growth for a while. The latest data show that […]