NSW in Australia remains in a state of emergency, with high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity causing treacherous conditions for some 3,000 firefighters battling blazes. A statewide total fire ban remains in place.
“Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire danger,’’ the Rural Fire Service said. “Homes are not designed to withstand a fire under these conditions. If a fire starts and takes hold during catastrophic fire danger conditions, lives and homes will be at risk.’’
The combined output of rooftop solar, large-scale wind, and large-scale solar reached 50.2% of the 25GW of power being produced on the National Electricity Market this month. It's the first time more than 50% of renewables have been used.
The Matildas and Socceroos will split 40% of the commercial revenue generated by the two sides and, critically, 40% of the prize money generated by the two teams.
Despite fierce opposition from tobacco companies Australia became the first country in the world to introduce plain tobacco packaging with large graphic health warnings.
Every two minutes, Australian police deal with domestic violence.
A Coles supermarket in Wentworth Point, Sydney now prevents the equivalent of 6.5 shopping trolleys of waste from going to landfill each day.
Mackenzie received US$1.7 million in base salary, with bonuses that brought his compensation package to US$3.5 million – down 24% from the previous year.
The top earners in Australia received substantially less than in FY17.