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Business and homes have been sandbagged amid abnormally high tides, while giant swells and king tides have left Brisbane and Gold Coast streets flooded. On the Gold Coast, council crews have begun removing sand dune fencing from vulnerable beaches expected to cop the worst of massive swells expected to roll in.
  • Canadian PM denies report about alleged intervention in SNC-Lavalin fraud case

    Canadian PM denies report about alleged intervention in SNC-Lavalin fraud case

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    The allegation raises multiple thorny questions: How independent is the federal prosecution service from political influence? The Globe reported that PMO aides leaned heavily on Wilson-Raybould to persuade the federal director of public prosecutions to negotiate a "remediation agreement" with SNC-Lavalin as a way of holding it to account for wrongdoing by some of its executives, rather than pursuing a criminal prosecution that could financially hobble the company.
  • Dem Sen. Murphy: Green New Deal Comparable to Moon Landing

    Dem Sen. Murphy: Green New Deal Comparable to Moon Landing

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    Still, Ocasio-Cortez's team made the rounds on the media telling reporters that the FAQ document was doctored or not sanctioned by her team. Phillips found that the majority of college students loved her proposal - until they heard what is actually in it.
  • Tokyo 2020: Medals to be made from recycled waste

    Tokyo 2020: Medals to be made from recycled waste

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    India last won a gold medal in the Olympics during the 2008 games in Beijing. Tokyo 2020 claimed this is "thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and global athletes". By November previous year, 47,488 tonnes of discarded devices had been collected, with the public handing in another five million used phones to a local network provider.
  • The last five years were the hottest ever, NASA and NOAA declare

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    Global air temperatures have warmed steadily over past decades, shifting up and down slightly from year to year depending on natural climate oscillations like El Niño, but following a consistent upward path. US President Donald Trump has taken little action to address global warming. The human toll also was high, with 247 killed and many more injured in weather and climate disasters.
  • SpaceX Astronaut Capsule Test Flight Delayed by One Week

    SpaceX Astronaut Capsule Test Flight Delayed by One Week

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    Boeing's crewed launch is scheduled for August. More time is still needed to complete testing, training and safety reviews, according to NASA. President Trump vowed to send USA astronauts "back to space on American rockets" during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night - and now NASA officially has a launch date.
  • New British-made Mars rover named after unsung DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

    New British-made Mars rover named after unsung DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

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    Britain's Science Minister Chris Skidmore and British astronaut Tim Peake announced the rover will be called the Rosalind Franklin. Part of the ExoMars mission , ESA's "Rosalind Franklin" Mars Rover would also collaborate with the so-called Mars2020 rover which would also hunt for the evidence of extraterrestrials on the Red Planet for NASA.
  • 2018 was fourth warmest year on record says NASA

    2018 was fourth warmest year on record says NASA

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    Weather extremes last year included wildfires in California and Greece, drought in South Africa, floods in India, while the new year saw Queensland and Tasmania threatened by record-breaking floods and bushfires. Increasing temperatures can "contribute to longer fire seasons and some extreme weather events", Nasa also warned. "This is the reality we need to face up to", Taalas said.
  • Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: What's in it

    Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: What's in it

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    The image is perplexing given her adamant criticism of the USA oil and gas industry and her promotion of the Green New Deal , a proposal to dramatically transition the country's energy sector away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources of power.
  • "Warped & Twisted" --First 3D Map Unveils Milky Way's Real Shape

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    A new study by the National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) might explain the Milky Way's spiral appearance - it's warped. Scientists have known since the 1950s that the spiral-shaped Milky Way's disk is warped, bending by thousands of light-years at its outskirts. "The twisting of the warp is new", says astronomer and study co-author Richard deGrijs of Macquarie University in Australia.
  • The UK government offered Nissan $100 million over Brexit worries

    The UK government offered Nissan $100 million over Brexit worries

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    In October 2016, Nissan said it would build both the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant, following government "support and assurances". The Nissan factory builds around 30% of the UK's 1.52 million cars, making it the largest auto factory in the country. Automotive manufacturers in the United Kingdom with diesel cars that fail to meet the latest emission standards now face a number of hefty levies.
  • Earth's Magnetic North Pole Is Moving Faster Than Ever

    Earth's Magnetic North Pole Is Moving Faster Than Ever

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    On Monday, February 4, the World Magnetic Model has found the pole is moving by an approximate 34 miles (55km) a year. At the moment, the northern magnetic pole is moving away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia. Research into rock signatures has shown that this can happen about every 250,000 years, except for the last one - that happened around 780,000 years ago.
  • Climate Change Will Begin Changing the Color of the Ocean

    Climate Change Will Begin Changing the Color of the Ocean

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    Fewer phytoplankton cause the water to look bluer, while more give it a greener hue. "The basic pattern will still be there", said Research Scientist Stephanie Dutkiewicz in a press release from MIT. In other words, oceans that are rich in phytoplankton tend to look greener, whereas tropical waters with less phytoplankton take on an Instagram-worthy blue or turquoise hue.