Geography of Australia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24120/all en UPDATE 1-Australia battles hundreds of wildfires, fanned by outback winds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-australia-battles-hundreds-wildfires-fanned-outback-wi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Thousands of firefighters battle hundreds of blazes</p> <p>* Residents evacuate homes in face of out-of-control fires</p> <p>* Record temperatures bake Sydney</p> <p>* Cooler change hoped to end incendiary conditions</p> <p> (Updates with latest on fires, fresh quotes)</p> <p>By Rob Taylor</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-australia-battles-hundreds-wildfires-fanned-outback-wi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2009–10 Australian bushfire season Australia Black Saturday bushfires Bushfires in Australia Disaster European heat wave Geography of Australia Heat wave Man Made Disaster Natural Disaster Natural disasters Person Career Physical geography Quotation Technology War Wildfire Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:01:41 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731539 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Tight-shirted Murray has designs on Australian Open title http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/tennis-tight-shirted-murray-has-designs-australian-open-title <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Simon Cambers</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Andy Murray may have designs on the Australian Open title but that is about as far as it goes when it comes to the world of fashion.</p> <p>The Scot has been sporting a tighter-than-usual shirt so far in Melbourne and it continues to serve him well, his 6-2 6-2 6-4 victory over Joao Sousa of Portugal sending him through to round three on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/tennis-tight-shirted-murray-has-designs-australian-open-title" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andy Murray Andy Murray Geography of Australia States and territories of Australia Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 07:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735444 at http://www.globalpost.com Deadline nears for action to protect Great Barrier Reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/deadline-nears-action-protect-great-barrier-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SYDNEY, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Australia has to take swift action to protect the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, amid significant threats from industrial projects as a February deadline looms, environmental groups say.</p> <p>Heralded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the reef is home to 400 types of coral, 240 species of birds and 1,500 species of fish. It is worth A$6 billion annually to the local economy in tourism.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/deadline-nears-action-protect-great-barrier-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coral Sea Geography of Australia Great Barrier Reef Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:45:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738657 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-London Mining beats its full-year production target http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/london-mining-beats-its-full-year-production-target <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 23 (Reuters) - Iron ore miner London Mining Plc said full-year production beat its expectations, helped by increased productivity in the fourth quarter, and added that it was on track to expand capacity at its Sierra Leone mine.</p> <p>Fourth-quarter production at Marampa, London Mining's only producing mine, rose 46 percent over the preceding quarter to 546,000 wet metric tonnes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/london-mining-beats-its-full-year-production-target" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Australia London Mining Plc Mining Pilbara Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:45:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738703 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-Floods hit two Australian states, thousands evacuated http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/floods-hit-two-australian-states-thousands-evacuated <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Fixes stock code display in paragraph 11, spelling of "too" in paragraph 10)</p> <p>* Floods force thousands to evacuate in two states</p> <p>* Death toll stands at four</p> <p>* Coal, rail, flights affected</p> <p>By James Grubel</p> <p>CANBERRA, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Massive summer floods have killed four people and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes across two Australian states on Tuesday, disrupting air and rail travel and coal production.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/floods-hit-two-australian-states-thousands-evacuated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Geography of Australia Geography of Oceania Geology of Australia Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:30:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740871 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia failing UNESCO demands on Barrier Reef: WWF http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/australia-failing-unesco-demands-barrier-reef-wwf-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia insisted Friday that protecting the Great Barrier Reef was a top priority, but conservationists WWF said not enough had been done to prevent UNESCO deeming it a world heritage site "in danger".</p> <p>In June, UNESCO demanded decisive action from Australia to protect the world's largest coral reef from a gas and mining boom and increasing coastal development, or risk the embarrassment of seeing it put on the danger list.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/australia-failing-unesco-demands-barrier-reef-wwf-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Geography of Australia Islands Physical geography Technology AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:15:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742492 at http://www.globalpost.com Crocodiles a risk as Australian floodwaters recede http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/crocodiles-risk-australian-floodwaters-recede <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Residents of the flood-hit Australian town of Rockhampton were Sunday warned against the risk of saltwater crocodiles, as the flooded Fitzroy River slowly receded.</p> <p>Torrential rains that trailed tropical cyclone Oswald flooded parts of the northeast state of Queensland, and as residents of Rockhampton waited for the waters to drain, authorities urged caution.</p> <p>"The Fitzroy River is a natural habitat for saltwater crocodiles," deputy mayor Tony Williams told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/crocodiles-risk-australian-floodwaters-recede" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Geography of Australia Geography of Queensland States and territories of Australia AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:46:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744493 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia rejects heritage listing for Tasmanian rainforest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/australia-rejects-heritage-listing-tasmanian-rainforest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia Friday rejected a bid for blanket heritage listing of Tasmania's Tarkine rainforest, angering environmentalists who said it would allow mining and could threaten the Tasmanian devil.</p> <p>Environment Minister Tony Burke said Aboriginal sites in the pristine Tarkine in the island state's remote northwest would be included on the National Heritage List, but he would not extend it beyond this.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/australia-rejects-heritage-listing-tasmanian-rainforest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Australia Geography of Tasmania Tasmania AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 04:47:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749628 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands isolated by Australian floodwaters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/thousands-isolated-australian-floodwaters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands of people on Australia's east coast were cut off Sunday by floodwaters which have claimed two lives, while violent thunderstorms and a series of reported "mini-tornados" destroyed homes south of Sydney.</p> <p>State Emergency Services (SES) said the worst of the flood crisis in the north of New South Wales state appeared to have passed, with the waters mostly beginning to subside by Sunday afternoon.</p> <p>"The rivers up north have pretty much peaked or are peaking," an SES spokeswoman told AFP. "Everything is pretty much on the way down."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/thousands-isolated-australian-floodwaters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Geography of Australia Geography of Western Australia States and territories of Australia AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:46:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5764759 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's iron ore centre braces for Cyclone Rusty http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/australias-iron-ore-centre-braces-cyclone-rusty <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's three largest iron ore ports were shut down on Monday ahead of tropical cyclone Rusty which is whipping up rough seas along the resource-rich west coast.</p> <p>The Bureau of Meterology warned that the storm system was likely to intensify as the cyclone slowly approaches land.</p> <p>"There is a high risk that Rusty will cross the coast as a severe tropical cyclone," it said in a statement.</p> <p>"However, the slow motion of the cyclone means that the crossing time and location is uncertain."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/australias-iron-ore-centre-braces-cyclone-rusty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Australia Geography of Western Australia Pilbara AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:45:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5765670 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's iron ore centre braces for Cyclone Rusty http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/australias-iron-ore-centre-braces-cyclone-rusty-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's three largest iron ore ports were shut down on Monday ahead of tropical cyclone Rusty which is whipping up rough seas along the resource-rich west coast.</p> <p>The Bureau of Meteorology warned that the storm system was likely to intensify as the cyclone slowly approaches land.</p> <p>"There is a high risk that Rusty will cross the coast as a severe tropical cyclone," it said in a statement.</p> <p>"However, the slow motion of the cyclone means that the crossing time and location is uncertain."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/australias-iron-ore-centre-braces-cyclone-rusty-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Australia Geography of Western Australia Pilbara AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:46:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5765706 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's iron ore centre braces for Cyclone Rusty http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/australias-iron-ore-centre-braces-cyclone-rusty-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's largest iron ore ports were shut down on Monday ahead of tropical cyclone Rusty which is building off the resource-rich west coast.</p> <p>The Bureau of Meteorology issued a cyclone warning stretching from Mardie, 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) north of the state capital Perth, to Cape Leveque in Western Australia's far north.</p> <p>It said the cyclone, which is a category 2 on the five-level scale, was likely to intensify as it slowly approaches land.</p> <p>"There is a high risk that Rusty will cross the coast as a severe tropical cyclone," it said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/australias-iron-ore-centre-braces-cyclone-rusty-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Australia Geography of Western Australia Pilbara AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:15:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5765759 at http://www.globalpost.com Powerful Cyclone Rusty nears Australia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/powerful-cyclone-rusty-nears-australia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian authorities urged the evacuation of parts of the resource-rich northwest Tuesday as a powerful cyclone whipped up huge seas, while a man died in heavy flooding in the northeast.</p> <p>Wild weather was pounding northern Western Australia as tropical cyclone Rusty, upgraded to a severe category three storm, neared the coast and a second low-pressure system formed in the Indian Ocean.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/powerful-cyclone-rusty-nears-australia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Australia Geography of Western Australia States and territories of Australia AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:30:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766583 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian cyclone upgraded as winds lash coast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/australian-cyclone-upgraded-winds-lash-coast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A major cyclone powering towards Australia's resources-rich northwest coast was upgraded to a category four storm Wednesday as strong winds and heavy rains lashed the region.</p> <p>Severe tropical cyclone Rusty intensified as it edged towards Australia's Pilbara coast, gathering speed and force across a 370-kilometre (230 mile) front and whipping up six-metre (20-foot) waves.</p> <p>Category four is just one notch short of the top category.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/australian-cyclone-upgraded-winds-lash-coast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Geography of Australia Geography of Western Australia Pilbara AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:15:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767938 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Australia's Port Hedland spared worst of cyclone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/update-1-cyclone-intensifies-australias-iron-ore-mines-brace <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Cyclone veers away from Port Hedland</p> <p>* Expected to hit land late Wednesday</p> <p>* Flood warnings for inland iron ore mines</p> <p>PERTH, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A powerful cyclone that brought half the world's seaborne-traded iron ore to a halt spared Australia's Port Hedland shipping hub on Wednesday, making landfall about 120 km (75 miles) to the east.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/update-1-cyclone-intensifies-australias-iron-ore-mines-brace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australia Geography of Australia Geography of Western Australia Pilbara Regions of Western Australia Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:45:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5767949 at http://www.globalpost.com