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Aug 29 , 2019 / By :

Herd mentality: Noonamah, about 50 kilometres south of Darwin.Tapping the carbon market of northern Australia could provide a valuable new revenue stream for the region – once key obstacles are removed, according to a government report.

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions from fire and livestock, sequestering carbon in soils and vegetation, and the production of renewable feedstock for aviation biofuel are three of the main opportunities identified in The Emerging Carbon Economy for Northern Australia report.

“These opportunities will provide northern farmers the potential to reap a billion-dollar return,” Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean said.

“CSIRO found the benefits of the carbon economy will not be confined to climate change action, but could generate environmental and livelihood benefits,” he said.

The region covers some 300 million hectares north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Mr Crean said the federal government would work with state and local governments to help regions “embrace the carbon economy” by generating credits that they can sell to big emitters under its carbon market.

While the report identifies possible areas of income generation – such as a potential of $200 million dollars a year in abatement of carbon emissions through better savannah-burning management and $240 million from the livestock industry – it also specifies how much work still needs to be done.

For instance, the property rights to carbon would need clear ownership rules, while the scale of carbon stocks in the soil and its potential enhancement “warrant continued scientific enquiry”, the report said.

Similarly, while indigenous groups have been able to earn carbon credits for savannah-burning under the government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI), the report found “practical barriers to wider implementation of this method remain”.

Likewise, the government is yet to approve a methodology allowing farmers to earn credits under the CFI for methane abatement efforts in the livestock industry. The northern beef herd counts some 13 million animals.

The biofuel potential could amount to 5 per cent of the jetfuel use in Australia, although that assessment also is based on “early stages of investigation”, the report said.

The Coalition has vowed to scrap the carbon tax and planned emissions trading market if it wins office, although it has signalled it may continue with some of the government’s carbon farming program.

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Aug 29 , 2019 / By :

Jason Yuu’s cover was one of the more popular ones so far. A grab from the “Cool Things to Find” parody.

The song has got young people talking – and singing – about train safety.

The original Dumb Ways to Die clip has amassed over 28 million views on YouTube since it was posted on November 14.

It even inspired a cover by a traditional Malaysian musical group.

Australia’s fastest-spreading viral video, “Dumb Ways to Die”, has taken on a life of its own, inspiring more than 65 cover versions, 85 parodies and 170 re-posts on YouTube.

The original clip, made to promote safety on Melbourne Metro Trains, has amassed more than 28 million views on YouTube since it was posted on November 14.

Its creator, ad agency McCann Worldgroup Australia, said its “conservative” estimate was that the campaign had generated $50 million in “global-earned media value” so far, in addition to more than 700 press hits.

A new parody clip by Seattle-based creative team Cinesaurus about the Curiosity Mars mission, dubbed “Cool Things to Find”, joins dozens of other parodies and covers including a classic rock version, a Russian cover, a take by YouTube band The DDL Boys and a cover by a traditional Malaysian musical group.

There’s also a karaoke version to join the iTunes track, and a music teacher has published a clip teaching people how to play the original song on guitar and ukulele.

“It’s entered popular culture,” said John Mescall, executive creative director of McCann Worldgroup Australia.

Mescall wrote the lyrics of the original song and brought in Ollie McGill, the keyboardist from Cat Empire, to write the music, as well as a freelancer to complete the animation. A friend of McGill’s did the singing.

Perhaps illustrating why commercial TV networks are in such a poor state, Mescall said he spent “a fraction of the cost of one TV ad”, but created something that will live on long after the campaign is over.

“A lot of paid advertising campaigns die the moment you stop spending money, whereas this is going to be in people’s playlists for quite a while now,” he said, adding TV networks had to re-think their controlled approach.

“The old model of broadcasting and creating fixed content that people will just sit and watch at your behest is dead … The things that we were promised from the internet 5 to 10 years ago [around democratising content] I think are now finally starting to come true.”

Mescall said ultimately the success of the campaign was getting young people talking – and evidently even singing – about rail safety.

“People, especially younger people, hate being told what to do, and what’s really interesting about this work is it never tells you not to do it … It almost introduces shame and peer pressure into the equation.”

His other ingredients for viral success include making it non-specific to Australia (for example, by deliberately including grizzly bears and piranha), coming up with a “ridiculously catchy tune”, not preaching, and utilising web tools such as Tumblr, Pinterest and Reddit to spread the word.

Cinesaurus, who have previously made viral clips such as “We’re NASA and We Know It” and “The iPhone 5 (Parody) Ad” to market their work, loved “Dumb Ways to Die” so much they used it as the basis for their own clip, “Cool Things to Find”.

“We were sitting around the office with the song stuck in our heads when we decided we needed to make a version of our own,” said Cinesaurus executive producer Forest Gibson.

Cinesaurus came up with the idea last Wednesday evening and spent Thanksgiving making it. “All in all, it took us six days and 250 man hours to create,” said Gibson.

Ultimately, Mescall says the secret to viral success for brands is creating an ad that doesn’t look like an ad, because unless you’re a brand like Nike with millions to spend on a single ad, “no one shares advertising”.

“We took a serious safety message and we snuck up on people with it, we didn’t hit them over the head … it’s dark humour delivered with joy, which almost always works but there’s not enough of it in advertising,” Mescall said.

“I think people, when they see the Metro message at the end, they’re actually genuinely surprised – ‘Shit, you mean a company did this?’ – which kind of helps the spread of it too.

“Normally, we’re mostly reviled for the content we make [in advertising], but times change.”

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Aug 29 , 2019 / By :

The corporate regulator has today released its first market assessment of Chi-X Australia, the only rival to the country’s main stock exchange, finding a raft of “agreed actions” for improvement or attention.

It is the first time Chi-X Australia has been assessed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission since it was granted a licence to operate in Australia.

The report finds nine agreed actions for improvement or attention, including conflicts arising from its independent non-executive director’s role as chairman of E.L & C Baillieu Stockbroking, a problem with its hidden order threshold controls, and problems with Chi-X’s “documentation and record-keeping”.

However, ASIC says that, while the agreed actions are important, they have not stopped Chi-X meeting its statutory obligations, and that Chi-X has agreed to fix any problems.

Since Chi-X Australia began operating in October last year it has been at the centre of the debate about “market fragmentation” and the growth of high-speed trading.

The ASX chief executive, Elmer Funke Kupper, has said authorities made a mistake by allowing Chi-X into Australia because it has contributed to market fragmentation.

Carole Comerton-Forde, of the Australian National University’s College of Business and Economics, has said that since the arrival of Chi-X, the use of high-frequency trading strategies has expanded dramatically.

But Chi-X says investors have benefited from its arrival in Australia through lower fees and “improved product offerings”, both a direct consequence of competition with the ASX.

It has been lobbying the federal government to break the ASX’s clearing monopoly.

The ASIC report notes that, up until March this year, Chi-X’s share of total market turnover remained less than 1 per cent (below $50 million).

But it also notes that daily turnover increased during the final four months of the financial year, reaching a high of $150 million in mid-May.

On Thursday, Chi-X reported that its share of daily trading volume was more than 9 per cent.

The ASIC report says some of the improvement in turnover on Chi-X can be attributed to the launch of its trade reporting facility for off-market trades.

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Aug 29 , 2019 / By :

Danny Rosenberg … the real chairman of Grid Australia. Nobody home … apart from the dog who barked a lot.

The offices of Clemantina in Elsternwick, Melbourne.

When the chairman of Grid Australia, Peter McIntyre, issued a public apology to cattle farmer and electricity activist Bruce Robertson two weeks ago there was one hitch.

It wasn’t the apology itself. McIntyre had done the right thing. Governments should not sue their citizens for exercising their right to an opinion and Grid Australia is a peak body after all; little more than a front for the state transmission giants.

The lobby group had sought to muzzle its critic Robertson with an intimidating letter from one of the world’s biggest law firms, Ashurst. But it soon recanted and dropped the bully tactic after a public outcry.

The small hitch in the letter of apology, though, was the ABN number which appeared beneath Grid Australia’s logo.

The number 46 144 749 413 may seem less than remarkable for the casual observer. Although for Bruce Robertson and his fellow consumer activist Peter Epov, this was the secret code which led to a whole new world of intrigue.

A search of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) database showed this same 11 digit number was registered to Grid Australia Pty Ltd, a company whose sole director was a Daniel Rosenberg of Caulfield South in Melbourne.

The plot had thickened. How could Peter McIntyre – who is also the managing director of NSW transmission juggernaut Transgrid – be the chairman of Grid Australia when this mysterious Daniel Rosenberg was the sole director?

Daniel Rosenberg, born Israel 1974. What was the connection? Was this Peter McIntyre’s doppelganger? It was time for a road trip. Accompanied by a photographer from The Age, we attended the Caulfield South address listed on the company search but there was nobody at home in the leafy Melbourne suburb … apart from the dog who barked a lot.

This lent a further touch of the exotic to the investigation. It is rare for finance journalists to get barked at by dogs. Was it a sign?

Not to be discouraged, we then made our way to the registered office – the only other clue of in the ASIC search.

It was here, at the offices of JM Partners in Horne Street Elsternwick that the first major breakthrough was struck.

Daniel Rosenberg was nowhere to be seen. His accountant however, Guy Biran, was there. Studying the ABN number quizzically, Biran said he had not heard of the electricity peak body.

“We have heard nothing from them; didn’t know they existed,” said Biran. Had he heard from Ashurst? “Are they lawyers? What are they?”

Biran explained how he had set up the company for Rosenberg, who was his brother-in-law, two years ago. Danny Rosenberg was a designer over in the nearby suburb of St Kilda.

It was doubtful, said Guy Biran, that Danny would know much about the electricity transmission people either. He was right.

Danny Rosenberg was out that day but we spoke with him over the phone. He operates a graphic design company, Clemantina, and claimed very convincingly to have never heard of Transgrid, nor Grid Australia’s other five members: SP-Ausnet, South Australia’s ElectraNet, Powerlink Queensland, Transend Networks in Tasmania or WA’s Western Power for that matter.

“I’m Grid Australia. That’s my company,” Rosenberg told us. “You say that someone is using my actual ABN number?

“Why did I call myself Grid Australia? I’m a designer and manufacturer. I wanted to register (the name) Grid. We did the search. Grid was already taken but the next best thing was Grid Australia.”

Had he had any dealings with the other Grid Australia – the interloper? No, nor their lawyers either. What did Danny Rosenberg think of this confusing situation?

“I think this whole story is crazy!”

And there the mystery stands for now. Questions were put to Grid Australia and Ashurst early this week. There has been no response.

It would seem Grid Australia – the peak body that is, as distinct from the legally-registered though lesser-known Grid Australia Pty Ltd – has no right to be threatening legal action, let alone taking it, as it is not a registered entity.

The networks lobby group was formerly known as ETNOF – Electricity Transmission Network Owners Forum – but changed its name to Grid Australia in 2008.

According to the website, there is little evidence of a board or a formalised structure, minutes of meetings, membership fees. It just lists Transgrid employees as contacts. Transgrid is owned by the state.

So we have a situation, effectively, where the NSW government has threatened a citizen with legal action to curtail his right to speak out about the electricity industry. This has come at a time when it is preparing to privatise its transmission and distribution assets.

According to A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999, Section 23:

Identification offences             (1)  * You must not purport to identify yourself by using:                     (a)  a number that is not an * ABN as if it were an ABN; or                     (b)  an ABN that is not your own.Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.             (2)  * You must not purport to identify an * entity that is an * associate of yours by using:                     (a)  a number that is not an * ABN as if it were an ABN; or                     (b)  an ABN that is not the entity’s own ABN.Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.             (3)  * You commit an offence if:

(a)  you purport to identify yourself as being registered under this Act as the representative of                            an * entity; and                     (b)  you are not the registered representative of the entity.Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

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Aug 29 , 2019 / By :

Dylan Roberton gets a kick away from Fremantle in July.ST KILDA has made former Fremantle defender Dylan Roberton the latest delisted free agent signing, with the recruit boarding a plane to join the Saints at their altitude camp in Colorado. The Saints will lodge the paperwork today.

Roberton, 21, has been recruited to help up St Kilda’s stocks of taller defenders, an area the Saints were unable to redress during the trade period when they sought to acquire Mitch Brown from West Coast.

He was signed at the expense of third-year player Nick Winmar, who was sacked with a year to run on his contract, much to the disappointment the AFL Players Association and his management. Winmar’s only chance of continuing his career, having missed last week’s national draft, is via the preseason or rookie draft.

Roberton, who is 191 centimetres, managed 10 games for the Dockers this year, for a career tally of 37 over three years. Roberton’s move to the Saints will be a homecoming of sorts, given he played junior footy at a local club in Frankston, near St Kilda’s Seaford base. Roberton has been training with the Saints.

Another former Docker, Nick Lower, is training with the Western Bulldogs, who could also snare him as a delisted free agent.

The Dockers had indicated they would redraft Lower, but as a delisted player he can cross to the club of his choice without having to go through the draft (the pre-season or rookie draft in this case). Lower, 25, would become a three club player if he joins the Dogs, having started at Port Adelaide.

St Kilda’s signing of Roberton follows the signing as delisted free agents of former Geelong players Tom Gillies and Jonathan Simpkin, who signed with Melbourne and Hawthorn respectively.

While delisted players can join the club of their choice without passing through a draft, Collingwood will have to use the rookie draft to pick up its ruck recruit – and ruck coach – Ben Hudson, whom the club has recruited in a similar role to Greater Western Sydney’s Dean Brogan, who doubled as a part-time coach and player for the Giants this year after returning from retirement.

The Pies delisted Peter Yagmoor yesterday but could redraft him as a rookie as well.

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Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

Andrew Simpson, of Cooks Hill, Marissa Saroca, of Newcastle, and Cameron Daniels, of support act The Nickson Wing, at Stonefield, at The Cambridge. Evan Pickett, of Newcastle, Kate Madonna, of Maryville, and Daniel O’Brien, of Newcastle, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

James Bunn, of Charlestown, and Josh Murray, of Adamstown, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Jason Breen, of support act I am the Agent, Jacob Hegarty, of Cooranbong, and Vanessa McCurry, of Newcastle, at Stonefield, at The Cambridge.

Lucy Bramble, Stephanie Sheen and Angelo Luczak, all of Cooks Hill, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Adam Della-Grotta and Adam Miller, both of Newcastle, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Haylee Poppi, of Lake Munmorah, Jade Meier, of Toukley, and Jessica Robinson, of Rocky Point, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Lauren Holstein, of Hamilton, and Sharni Cooper, of Port Macquarie, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Alicia Crowe, of Birmingham Gardens, and Rhys Greenhalgh, of Mayfield, at Stonefield at The Cambridge.

Matt Waddell, of Hamilton South, Jason King, of Kahibah, Dan Kemp, of Adamstown, and Arthur Fabos, of Merewether, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Brewers Dan Hampton, of Little Creatures Brewing, Julian Nelson, of Holgate Brewhouse, Ben Krans, of Bridge Road Brewers, Ben Hamilton, of White Rabbit Beer, and Nick Rhodes, of Holgate Brewhouse, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Dan Wyse, of Merewether, and Rob Wyse and Ian Wyse, both of Charlestown, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Tim Henderson, of Merewether, Andrew Earp, of Adamstown, and Nick Dun, of Hamilton South, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner.

Luke Hutchinson, Melanie Hutchinson and Joanna Testa, all of Carrington, and Jennifer Turner and Simon Turner, both of Kotara, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel, Wickham.

Brewers Brad Roders, of Stone & Wood, Bec Lock, of Little Creatures, Peter Watkins, of Wig & Pen, and Kristian Savio, of Lord Nelson Brewery, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Keith Grice, from Potters Brewery, Steve Finney, of Feral Brewing Company, Trystam Hayden, of Lord Nelson Brewery, Shawn Sherlock, of Murray’s Brewery, and Corey Crooks, publican of The Albion Hotel, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

Andrew Ball, of Singleton, and Luke Fitzgerald, of Mayfield, at the official Newcastle Craft Beer Week Dinner at The Albion Hotel in Wickham.

This week’s LIVE Party Pics feature social snaps from Newcastle Craft Beer Dinner, at the Albion Hotel, Wickham, andthe Stonefield gig at The Cambridge Hotel. Pictures by Max Mason-Hubers and Simone De Peak.

Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

A group of buried British spitfires is set to make an unlikely return to the skies.A lost squadron of Spitfires buried in Burma after the Second World War could fly over Britain within three years, the enthusiast seeking to restore the planes said yesterday.

Digging for the hoard of at least 36 Mark XIV fighters will begin in January at a remote airfield.

Should the archaeologists succeed, a number of the aircraft will be carefully packaged and brought home next spring, where they will be restored.The discovery could more than double the number of Spitfires flying.

More than 20,000 were built in the 1930s and 1940s but only around 35 remain in the skies.

David Cundall, a farmer and aviation enthusiast from Scunthorpe, Lincs, has spent 16 years tracking down the aircraft, ploughing more than pounds 130,000 into the project after being told by a group of US veterans about their burial.

His tenacity and ”obsession to find and restore an incredible piece of British history” has been credited with bringing it to fruition.

”It’s not been easy, it’s been financially stretching but I’ve done it,” he said.

”If I can get just one Spitfire out it will be wonderful. I can’t wait.”

The Spitfires used 37-litre V12 Rolls-Royce Griffon engines instead of the 27-litre Merlins of earlier models.

They are believed to have been wrapped in tar paper, put in crates and transported from the factory in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, to Burma in August 1945.

When the war against the Japanese in Burma ended, the British South East Asia Command buried them, still packed in their crates, to ensure they could not be used by Burmese independence fighters.

Surveys at one of three sites identified in the country have shown large areas of electrically conductive material, suggesting the metal parts of the aircraft, around 30 feet deep.

The location and depth is consistent with eight eye witness reports given to Mr Cundall.

”We put a camera down a borehole and went into a box and through two inches of Canadian pine,” Mr Cundall disclosed.

”Yes, we did see what we thought was an aeroplane.”

The treasure hunt has been described as a ”story of British determination against all odds”.Mr Cundall, 62, was told about the fighters in 1996. He has since been to Burma 16 times, conducting surveys and negotiating with the authorities.

A breakthrough was made when sanctions forbidding the movement of military materials in and out of the country were lifted earlier this year following the intervention of David Cameron.

In October, Mr Cundall was given exclusive rights to the three sites. He has had offers from British companies to restore the aircraft.

One option is for them to be stored at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall and restored by the Spitfire Heritage Trust.

If the dig goes as planned, Mr Cundall expects his Spitfires to be brought home next spring.

”My share will be brought back to the UK and will hopefully be flying at air shows within three years or so,” he said.

Under his agreement with the Burmese authorities, Mr Cundall will be entitled to 30 per cent of the discovery, his Burmese partner to 20 per cent and the Burmese government to 50 per cent, which it is expected to put up for sale.

The dig is being financed by Victor Kislyi, a computer games entrepreneur, and his company, which got involved after a director read about Mr Cundall’s quest in The Daily Telegraph in April.

It will involve around 17 people, including British archaeologists, academics from Leeds University and a documentary film crew.

Andy Brockman, the lead archaeologist, acknowledged that the complex project could end up yielding nothing.

But he added: ”We are interested in converting the speculation and rumour into facts on the ground.”

Either way, we will come up with a picture of a forgotten part of the Second World War in a part of the world that is still culturally incredibly rich but has been deeply troubled for many years.”

“At the end of it all, we will have a cracking story to tell.”

– The Telegraph

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Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

As we head into the festive season you are going to need to arm yourself with more than the occasional libation. An ice-cold brew out of an esky is fine and there’s nothing wrong with a bottle of wine. But what ever happened to that grand old party beverage, punch?

Before you think I’ve lost the plot and have poured a little too much ‘g’ into my ‘t’, give me a moment to explain. You see, we’re not talking about some sticky mixture of booze and ersatz juice you might have come across at a party at uni, but rather a drinking tradition that dates back hundreds of years.

A real punch is a work of love – the king of drinks before the rise of bartenders, their waxed moustaches and fancy single-serve concoctions. A real punch is deliciously smooth – an excellent delivery device for hard liquor – and a convivial centrepiece for social gatherings. Comprised of liquor, water, sugar, citrus and spice, punches were meticulously crafted for any important occasion for hundreds of years.

So where did punch lose its way? Why don’t we still drink it now? Of course, as with any yarn involving a substantial quantity of drink, the details have been lost in a succession of sore heads and sketchy accounts of the night before the morning after. But we can surmise that punch went out of fashion to make way for convenience and fast-paced modern living.

Gone are the days where a group of gentleman could gather around a flowing bowl and partake until themselves or the vessel in front of them was defeated. Instead, bars dispense a raft of single-serve beverages that for all intents and purposes have evolved only a little since their invention in the mid-1800s.

As the bars let punch fall by the wayside, so too have hosts dropped it from their repertoire. Punch, however, has as a distinct advantage over cocktails if you’re entertaining at home. Prepared in advance of your work celebration, barbeque or similar festive occasion, you can simply hand your guest a cup and wave them in the direction of the punchbowl. The guests will have a special, caringly crafted beverage without the need for you to break into a sweat or cut a conversation mid-sentence.

Punches help avoid some cocktail mixing disasters, too. There’s nothing worse than an amateur getting into your kitchen at a party and whipping up a stomach-curdling mix of peach schnapps, Tabasco sauce and cream. Or cracking open that bottle of 30-year-old scotch you were saving for a special occasion.

I personally get a thrill out of being a generous host, and punch has saved me many a time from the trap of being stuck in the kitchen fixing drinks. The art of entertaining is not only making sure your guests are catered for, but making sure you’re spending time conversing with them, too.

Here’s one of my favourites – a classic recipe from an exclusive men’s club called the Schuylkill Fishing Company (also known as the ‘Fish House’) in Philadelphia. This punch was first compounded in 1732.

(20+ serves)

1 bottle Jamaican rum (or something high ester like an Australian overproof rum) ½ bottle cognac 120ml Peach brandy (a quality French peach liqueur works fine) 500ml fresh lemon juice (about 2kg lemons) 1 ½ cups castor sugar 1L boiling water

Peel your lemons before juicing and place the peels in a large bowl. Add the sugar and work the peels with the back of a wooden spoon to extract a bit of the zesty oil. Add the boiling water and stir to dissolve all the sugar. Add lemon juice and booze. Chill the whole mix overnight to allow the flavours to mingle. An hour before serving slip in the largest block of ice you can find (a steel bowl filled with water makes a great mold). Forget the fruit. Garnish with plenty of freshly grated nutmeg.

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Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

The record sea ice melt this year was one strong signal about the changing climate, the WMO said.The world is on-track for its ninth warmest year on record, with temperatures below the average for the past decade due to the cooling effects of La Niña, but still higher than long-term averages.

In an update of the earth’s weather in 2012, the World Meteorological Organisation says that so far, average global temperatures have been around 0.45 degrees Celsius above the 1961-1990 average of 14.2 degrees.

The results are drawn from three data sets from between January and October. The WMO will update the results in March.

The organisation says this year continues a long-term trend of warming due to climate change as a result of human induced-emissions of greenhouse gases. The organisation points to record levels of Artic sea ice melting as an indication of the changes experienced.

The data was released overnight as representatives of about 200 countries meet in Doha, Qatar, for international climate change negotiations.

In a statement, the organisation’s Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said: “Naturally occurring climate variability due to phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña impact on temperatures and precipitation on a seasonal to annual scale. But they do not alter the underlying long-term trend of rising temperatures due to climate change as a result of human activities.

“The extent of Arctic sea ice reached a new record low. The alarming rate of its melt this year highlighted the far-reaching changes taking place on Earth’s oceans and biosphere,” he said.

“Climate change is taking place before our eyes and will continue to do so as a result of the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which have risen constantly and again reached new records.”

In Australia, temperatures were 0.58 degrees below average from January to October, driven by cooler-than-average minimum temperatures, especially during the period between February and August. After higher-than-normal rainfall over the past two years in Australia due to La Niña, levels have returned to near normal in 2012.

But despite cooler temperatures in Australia, the organisation says large parts of the world experienced higher temperatures, especially North America, southern Europe, western and central Russia and northwestern Asia.

About 15,000 daily heat records were broken across the United States. Droughts also affected much of the United States and parts of Russia, Europe and China.

Worldwide, the organisation said that the tropical cyclone rate was near the 1981-2010 average of 85 storms, with a total of 81. Typhoon Sanba, which hit the Philippines, Japan and the Korean peninsula was the strongest.

with Reuters

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Jul 29 , 2019 / By :

Statement from a spokesperson for the Prime Minister:

It’s time for the Liberals to give up their witch hunt and start talking about things that matter.

The whole country is sick to death of Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop pursuing a discredited smear campaign against the Prime Minister, when we could be talking about jobs, health, and education.

After months of speculation about a smoking gun, the Liberals have nothing.

So, the Prime Minister wrote to the WA Commissioner? So what? She did what lawyers do. Act on instruction. Provide legal advice.

So, the Prime Minister can’t remember writing one letter from 20 years ago. So what? Lawyers write thousands of letters in their careers.

And what does the transcript show? That the PM said the association wasn’t a union. So what? It obviously wasn’t.

In fact, the unredacted transcript backs up what the Prime Minister has been saying.

The transcript supports the Prime Minister’s account that she had nothing to do with the Association once it was incorporated.

The transcript also supports the Prime Minister’s account that she didn’t have anything to do with setting up bank accounts operated by the Association.

The Opposition’s central claim goes to the Prime Minister’s knowledge of alleged fraud. The unredacted transcript shows those claims to be empty and false.

It is worth restating that any correspondence in this matter would have been received or sent in Julia Gillard’s capacity as a lawyer acting on instructions. As the Prime Minister has noted, the application to incorporate the Association was lodged by its office bearer, Mr Ralph Blewitt. The decision to incorporate the Association was made by the WA Commissioner of Corporate Affairs.

The Prime Minister has not done anything wrong.

No evidence has been produced that she did anything wrong.

The only misleading statements in this matter have been made by Julie Bishop when she denied multiple contact with Ralph Blewitt, and denied she’d made accusations against the Prime Minister she had made several hours earlier; and by Tony Abbott this morning.

Tony Abbott this morning accused the Prime Minister of misleading the West Australian Corporate Affairs Commission, and of breaking the law. These assertions are completely unsupported by the evidence. The unredacted transcript says only that the Prime Minister stated that the Association was not a trade union – a fact that is clearly true.

Tony Abbott needs to produce evidence to support his unsubstantiated claim, or follow his Deputy into a humiliating backdown.

Today, Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne made serious claims against the Prime Minister with no evidence. This is exactly the same thing that killed Malcolm Turnbull’s career.

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