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Are Australia’s climate initiatives enough to host COP29?

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is not in Egypt, so who’s there lobbying for down under?

Australia’s minister for the Pacific is the one in the spotlight instead.

Pat Conroy is meeting with Pacific island leaders to discuss plans to co-host a COP summit with them in a few years time.

The Albanese government wants to step up and be the face of the conference in 2024, along with a number of Pacific Island nations.

This conference happening in Egypt right now will be the key time to lobby that move.

Australia is coming to COP27 with new climate initiatives put in place by the new Albanese government like the 43 per cent emissions cut by 2030.

Even though the Prime minister isn’t there right now, he’ll be attending the G20

But there are plenty of Aussies at COP27 to boost Australia’s presence at the important UN summit, including some who believe this may not be quite enough for us to shake off our old slow progress on climate change which could impact hosting rights to a future COP.

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat

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A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.

 

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Urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following death of Sydney woman

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An urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following the death of a 60-year-old woman

Health authorities in Sydney are on high alert, after a woman was killed while handling potting mix.

The 60-year-old inhaled bacteria from the mix, causing her to fall sick with Legionnaires’ disease.

While, it is common to find the bacteria in potting mix, it can also be found in air conditioning vents and water systems.

Symptoms to look out for include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and shortness of breath.

Experts are now urging gardeners to wear a face mask and gloves when in the garden.

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Violence erupts across China over lockdowns

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There have been more protests on the streets of Shanghai, as frustrations rise over China’s strict Zero Covid policy.

Demonstrations are also spreading to other cities following a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country – with some linking the tragedy to the continued lockdowns.

Hundreds have taken to the streets in eight cities in China after the tragedy was blamed on Xi Jinping’s draconian zero-Covid lockdown.

From Beijing to Shanghai, the deaths have led to protests across China and police have descended onto the streets to keep order as tensions boil over.

Video on social media showed hundreds of workers marching on a road and confronted by riot police as well as people wearing hazmat suits.

The protest turned violent — footage shared with AFP and captured by a factory worker showed one person lying inert on the ground next to a man in a blood-spattered jacket having his head bound in an apparent effort to staunch a wound.

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