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The Irukandjis sting in USA

Australia's national surfing team the Irukandjis have won a silver medal overall at the International Surfing Association World Surfing Games which just wrapped up at Huntington Beach, California.

CSIRO tracking NASA’s asteroid collision test today

The world’s first full-scale planetary defence test is happening today. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is designed to strike an asteroid and adjust its course.

World hungry for food security solution

The complex issue of global food security can only be solved if all nations work together, according to UNSW expert Professor Johannes le Coutre.

Albanese, Perrottet and Australian Republic Movement respond to the passing of the Queen

The Prime Minister, the Premier and the Australian Republic Movement, have made statements about the Queen this morning.

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96

Australia has woken to the news that Queens Elizabeth II has passed away aged 96, with a simple message three hours ago. 'The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon'.

Boris stands down as leader of the Tories

In the shadow of a series of scandals, and a party that had lost confidence in its leader to the point where dozens of his own ministers resigned, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson floated in a dark sea of speculation yesterday as to whether he would resign or not.

It’s Earth Day – Invest In Our Planet

First held on April 22, 1970, Earth Day now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org with 1 billion people in more than 193 countries involved. The official theme for 2022 is Invest In Our Planet.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon to combat gender bias

Women working in the health, medical and life sciences sectors will take to their keyboards on World Health Day to increase the visibility of women in science on Wikipedia, combatting gender bias in the online encyclopedia.

World Health Day: our planet, our health

On this World Health Day the World Health Organization(WHO) asks the questions: are we able to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all; where economies are focused on health and well-being, and; where cities are liveable and people have control over their health and the health of the planet?

It’s International Day of Forests

On International Day of Forests, North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) says it is essential that we recognise that forests support our civilisation, climate and biodiversity.

Julian Assange and Stella Morris to marry in Belmarsh

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been given permission to marry his fiancée Stella Morris in the maximum security Belmarsh prison, in London, on 23 March.

Good news for whales in Iceland

In an announcement that has made conservationsists very happy, Iceland's fisheries minister, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, has signalled plans to end commercial whaling by 2024 saying there is little economic justification to continue once current quotas expire in 2023. 

What’s Nu in COVID variants? Highlighted need for stronger Australian contribution

According to the End COVID For All campaign the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in Botswana, most likely to be called 'Nu', underlines the need for Australia to step up its contribution to co-oridnated global efforts to prevent the virus’ spread and mutation.

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2021

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Moby: COP26 world leaders need to negotiate a Plant-Based Treaty

As vegan becomes the new green, many people are understanding that eating a plant-based diet has just as much to do with the climate emergency as it does with the death of earthlings for human use.

NOAA says July 2021 hottest on record

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that July 2021 was the world’s hottest month on record, with the temperature 0.93°C above the 20th-century average, the highest since global records began in 1880.

Haiti: hunger, COVID and political unrest and now a huge earthquake

A powerful 7.2-magnitude quake that rocked southern Haiti on Saturday morning is yet another crisis that will impact millions of people in the vulnerable Caribbean nation

It’s World Oceans Day!

It's World Oceans Day and we just wanted to honour that with a few photos from our library.

PM must prioritise gender equality at G7 Summit

An Australian women’s development organisation, the International Women’s Development Agency is urging Prime Minister Scott Morrison to prioritise gender equality at the upcoming G7 Summit in Cornwall this week.  

Ballina’s Old Quarter Coffee paves road to success

A fundraiser to help build a road for farmers in Sumatra whose premium coffee supplies the Northern Rivers is well on its way to reaching its target, but still needs more support.

Dili facing double disaster

The capital of East Timor, Dili, is reeling after flood waters swept through the city on the weekend, leaving at least 27 dead. The President of East Timor, Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo, described the floods as a 'great calamity'.

Human activity, climate change risk more pandemics

New research has revealed climate change, environmental degradation and human activity are creating a perfect storm for more deadly pandemics like COVID-19. Scientists from the...

Bob Brown criticises Adani move to arrest journalist

Environmentalist Bob Brown has warned that Adani’s latest move to arrest an Indian journalist is designed to scare media away from investigating the company’s activity.

Biden Inauguration: speech, song and poetry herald new era for America

‘The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.’ After four years of turmoil, Joe Biden offered hope and calm to the American people in his first speech as President.

2020 second hottest year on record

Australia's Climate Council says new data shows 2020 was the second hottest year ever recorded globally, despite the influence of La Niña conditions.

US Capitol under siege as Democrats win Georgia

Two American cities are in turmoil, with large numbers of pro-Trump protesters invading the Capitol building earlier today in Washington, and also gathering at the Atlanta Capitol in Georgia.

Bail rejected for Julian Assange

Australian citizen Julian Assange will remain in Belmarsh Prison for now, with District Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejecting his bail application overnight in London.

Julian Assange extradition case fails

The US government has failed in its bid to have Australian citizen Julian Assange moved from the UK to the USA to face multiple charges, which could have led to a maximum sentence of 170 years in prison.

Trump gives ScoMo a gong

As his time in the White House ticks away, President Donald Trump found a unique Christmas present for the man who has everything, giving PM Scott Morrison a prestigious US military honour.

World Suicide Prevention Day is today

There are few of us who haven't been touched by the tragedy of suicide and this World Suicide Prevention Day, Lifeline will call on Australians to send the clearest signal yet to those who are struggling, that they are not alone.

The WHO COVID-19 mythbusters

The amount and type of Mythbusters on the World Health Organisation’s website would be hysterical if the situation weren’t so deadly serious.

Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s pick for VP

The Democrat's US Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has made his first major decision of the 2020 campaign, choosing Californian Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.

‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

Chris Minns visits Kingscliff to look at floodplain development risks

The potential future risks and costs of flooding to the community and government if approved, but yet to be built, housing is allowed to go ahead in floodplains was under the spotlight last week in Kingscliff.

The Tweed Artisan Food Festival is almost here

The sixth Tweed Artisan Food Festival will be held at the end of the month – the festival runs for 10 days with 20 curated events showcasing the people, the place and the produce of the Tweed.