Good morning. A 36-year-old man has been charged in relation to Cleo Smith’s alleged abduction. The United Nations says countries have failed to adapt for unavoidable climate damage. And less than 2% of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral reefs have escaped bleaching since 1998.
West Australian police have charged 36-year-old man Terence Darrell Kelly in relation to the alleged abduction of Cleo Smith after the four-year-old was found alive and well 18 days after she disappeared. Officers found Cleo about 1am local time on Wednesday alone in a room at a house in Carnarvon, a town 900km north of Perth and just 75km from where her family was camping when she disappeared from their tent on 16 October. Kelly was taken into custody as officers rescued Cleo and he was later questioned about the suspected abduction. Police have said he has no connection to her family.
Countries have failed to adapt for unavoidable climate damage, the UN said on Thursday at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow. Developing countries are particularly at risk, but they are unable to muster the cash needed to defend people and resources from flooding, droughts and sea level rises. They are likely to need between US $140bn and $300bn a year by the end of this decade to cope with the impacts, but in 2019 received only $80bn in climate finance, which included cash to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the UN Environment Programme said.
Less than 2% of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral has escaped bleaching since 1998, according to a new report released Friday in the journal Current Biology. The world’s largest coral reef system has suffered five mass bleaching events in that time – caused by rising ocean temperatures driven by the burning of fossil fuels – which have undermined its survival. The most recent event was the most widespread yet. The research found areas “earmarked earlier as candidate refuges” had now experienced severe or moderate bleaching at least once.
The Institute of Public Affairs paid to push targeted Facebook ads based on a “faulty analysis” claiming net zero would cause massive job losses in key Liberal and National seats during last month’s Coalition infighting. Last month, as the Coalition debated a net zero 2050 policy, the IPA paid for a series of Facebook and Instagram ads targeting the electorates of Nationals Barnaby Joyce, David Littleproud, Mark Coulton, Ken O’Dowd and Anne Webster, as well as the Liberal trade minister, Dan Tehan.
The Coalition’s voter ID bill could be challenged in court as a disproportionate measure that excludes people from voting, constitutional law expert Prof Anne Twomey has warned. The Morrison government insists nobody would be completely prevented from voting but Twomey argues the proposed legislation could still be struck down for the “imposition of additional administrative burdens that make it more difficult to vote or discourage people from voting”.
Emergency service volunteers in New South Wales’ far west are under-resourced and under-supported, leaving large stretches of the region without local road crash rescue services, former volunteers say. As state and international borders open up, traffic is expected to increase, which will lead to more crashes, raising fears about the State Emergency Service’s ability to respond in the region.
Facebook has removed a post by Ethiopia’s prime minister for “inciting and supporting violence” as diplomats stepped up attempts to instigate a ceasefire in the country’s year-long civil war. Abiy Ahmed, the winner of the 2019 Nobel peace prize, vowed to “bury” his government’s enemies in a Facebook post on Sunday as forces from the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) moved closer to Addis Ababa.
About half of the world’s fossil fuel assets will be worthless by 2036 under a net zero transition, according to research published in Nature Energy. Countries that are slow to decarbonise will suffer but early movers will profit; the study finds that renewables and freed-up investment will more than make up for the losses to the global economy.
Uneven vaccine coverage and a relaxation of preventive measures have brought Europe to a “critical point” in the pandemic, the World Health Organization has said, with cases again at near-record levels and 500,000 more deaths forecast by February.
Director and Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner’s new exposé, Burning, about Australia’s bushfire season of 2019-2020, is “the documentary Australia and – I think it is fair to say – the entire world deserves”, writes Luke Buckmaster. Premiering in Australia at the Sydney film festival before its arrival on Amazon Prime Video on 26 November, Burning explores how anthropogenic climate change has led to increased frequency and severity of fires. “This is a tremendously well-made film with a burning vitality,” Buckmaster says. “Without question one of the most important Australian documentaries of the 21st century so far.”
For all the advances that have been made in recent decades, disabled people cannot yet participate in society “on an equal basis” with others – and the pandemic has led to many protections being cruelly eroded. “What does the utopian city look like, the one in which I participate ‘on an equal basis’ with others”? I have an inkling,” writes Jan Grue. “I can envision the broad sidewalks and the spacious metro cars departing from perfectly level platforms. What I cannot see, cannot think into being, is a world where there is no greater effort required of me than of the average person, whoever they are. Where the difference between us is erased and I, driving my large, black, powered wheelchair, blend into the crowd.”
“Living together has a curious intimacy, a closeness that is hard to predict or plan for, that moves beyond the practicalities and logistics of actually physically moving in together,” writes Patrick Lenton, reflecting on what he’s learned after moving in with his partner during lockdown. “There is a blend of freedom and big brother style scrutiny that you can’t really prepare for if you’ve never done it before,” he says. “What I’ve found most interesting is the experience of seeing myself through the lens of my partner – of being suddenly aware of my own actions and routines through her eyes.”
When Scott Morrison left Australia to attend the global climate summit in Glasgow, he left prepared to defend Australia’s checkered position on global heating. But by the time he touched down in Europe, another diplomatic disaster was unfolding with the French.
Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher speak to Gabrielle Jackson about Scott Morrison’s leadership on the global stage.
Australia needed not only to beat Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup but to thrash them if they were to overtake South Africa and assume control of the second semi-final spot. What followed was one of the most one-sided contests in the history of the T20 World Cup, and a victory by eight wickets secured with 82 balls to spare.
Katherine will go into a 72-hour lockdown after a man in the area tested positive for Covid-19, the first case of community transmission in the Northern Territories, NT News reports. The decision to prolong lockdown for unvaccinated people up to 15 December could prevent some year 12 students from attending their final graduations and formals, school principals have warned, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Angus Taylor will give a speech on net zero at the Policy Exchange conference.
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