The mercury rose to 45C in northern provinces of the country
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Friday 08 March 2013
A summer of drought, a sudden flight – and a family thirsty for answers
'Like summer on steroids': Australia’s hottest ever year blamed on climate change, with 'really frightening' temperatures in store
Monday 04 March 2013
A climate “on steroids” was to blame for a summer of record-breaking heatwaves, severe bushfires, cyclones and floods, according to Australia’s leading climate change scientists.
Sunday 24 February 2013
This humorous, humane and perceptive domestic saga broils with the resentments left behind by an absent husband and father
Wednesday 09 January 2013
As scores of fires continued to burn the length of eastern Australia today, a remarkable survival story emerged from Tasmania, where five young children escaped a blaze that destroyed about 90 properties in their village by sheltering under a boat jetty with their grandparents.
Purple alert! Australian heatwave forces climate experts to use new colour to represent extreme temperatures
Tuesday 08 January 2013
Australian Bureau of Meteorology adds two entirely new colours – deep purple and pink – to show the new extreme range on its interactive weather maps
Tuesday 08 January 2013
I love my electrician. I love him because before he disappeared on a month-long break, as many Australians do in January, he installed a ceiling fan in my house. Without that fan, I’m not sure I would have survived today. I sat under it all day, and so did my dog.
Residents of Hitchin conduct frantic last-minute search for largest ever unclaimed National Lottery winning ticket
Thursday 06 December 2012
Lost: one lottery ticket, somewhere in the Stevenage area. Value: until last night, around £64m.
Friday 30 November 2012
In 1908, it was called the finest walk in the world. It's still the country's most popular hike
Monday 29 October 2012
It isn't half nippy out, and with Britain about to be plunged into an increasingly familiar cold snap, it might seem a bit of an odd time to bring up climate change. Weather and climate are two different things, though I'm not alone in hearing grumbling about Britain missing out on the perks of global warming. But the truth is that the state of our planet is way down the list of our priorities. Despite the dedicated efforts of climate-change-denying flat-earthers, 57 per cent of us accept climate change is happening and is mostly down to the actions of humans, according to a poll by ICM a few months ago. But surveys show that our interest in the subject has long been waning.
Scientists find Earth-like planet Alpha Centauri Bb in neighbouring star system but rule-out possibility of life thanks to its 1,500C surface
Wednesday 17 October 2012
The planet is the closest and smallest among about 800 'exoplanets' that scientists have identified beyond the Solar System since 1995 when they detected the first extra-solar planet.
Monday 27 August 2012
The record retreat of the ice sheet covering the Arctic Ocean, confirmed by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, is a dramatically visible marker of the effect of climate change on the planet; indeed, it is the most discernible and convincing sign, currently, of global warming.
Sunday 26 August 2012
I hope for an Indian summer, a full diary and a late break
Thursday 23 August 2012
Team Sky's Chris Froome remains one second off the lead after Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez finished safely in the bunch on the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España yesterday.
Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome keeps cool in blistering heat but German sprinter John Degenkolb takes stage
Thursday 23 August 2012
Team Sky's Chris Froome remains one second off the lead after Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez finished safely in the bunch on the fifth stage of the Vuelta a Espana yesterday.
Monday 20 August 2012
Gradually, inexorably, the match, the series and the status slipped through England's hands yesterday. Some time today, barring a resplendent and historic batting performance, South Africa will win the fourth Test and the rubber 2-0, becoming the world's top-ranked side.
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
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