Category: Only in Australia

  • ‘World’s biggest solar plant’ for Australia

    Worley Parsons, an Australian engineering firm, has announced plans to build what it says would be the world’s biggest solar plant in Australia within three years. Backed by nine Australian companies, including miners BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, they have launched a study into finding possible sites to host the $1 billion plant. The Managing…

  • Sign of the times?

    Worth watching to the end.

  • RAAF called in to ferry obese patient

    Queensland Health, in northern Australia, was forced to charter a Hercules aircraft from the Defence Force because it had no ambulances or planes big enough to transport a 240kg [530lb] patient. Even though the woman was deemed well enough to travel by road from Mount Isa to Townsville the Queensland Ambulance Service had no vehicles…

  • GetUp! lights up Sorry week

    Sorry. Finally. GetUp’s Executive Director Brett Solomon reflects upon Monday’s candle ceremony. Laid out before the most powerful institution in the country, the Australian Parliament, 4000 candles flickered spelling out the words ‘Sorry, the first step’. Over fifty GetUp members in Canberra spent the day laying out the candles on the 60m x 80m lawn….

  • Australia experiences hottest ever January

    Australia experienced its hottest January on record this year, with the dry continent heating up as part of the global warming process, according to the bureau of meteorology. Temperatures rose by between 1.0 and 2.0 degrees in most parts of the country, with the national average hitting 29.2°C (84°F) for the summer month, said the…

  • California is getting pissed off with Bush

    Environmentalists harbor no illusions about the Bush Administration; from a 2001 decision to weaken regulations on arsenic in drinking water to its antagonistic performance at last week’s U.N. climate change talks in Bali, the White House has consistently opposed green goals. But Wednesday’s move by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denying California and 16 other…

  • Eaten by Singapore

    In less than a month, the tiny state of Singapore will seal a deal that will ensure it owns more commercial assets in Australia than the Federal government. This means, to put it bluntly, that “While other nations such as China, Singapore, Russia, Korea, Kuwait and Norway build up huge sovereign funds, Australia, with its…

  • Warming ‘faster in Australia’

    Australia appears to be suffering from an accelerated Greenhouse effect, with the pace of global warming faster across the country than in other parts of the world, climatologists say. The world’s driest inhabited continent, already enduring one of its worst droughts, was waging its own unique climate war, said Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology yearly climate…