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Tropical Cyclone Marcia: Queensland Government gives $1 million to charities helping in recovery effort

Red Cross Emergency Services Team members prepare to visit Mt Morgan, near Rockhampton. ABC News: Giulio Saggin

Red Cross Emergency Services Team members prepare to visit Mt Morgan, near Rockhampton.
ABC News: Giulio Saggin

The Queensland Government has donated $1 million to four charities helping with the Tropical Cyclone Marcia relief efforts. The money will be shared by the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Uniting Care. It comes six days after Marcia slammed into the coast as a category five system, devastating townships in central Queensland. For many, the clean-up was still underway with a long road ahead. The Government was not running its own appeal, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that should stop Queenslanders from “digging deep”. “This contribution of $1 million is the quickest, most direct and most effective way the Government can support people in cyclone-ravaged communities as they rebuild their lives,” Ms Palaszczuk said…


SA business designs pop-up refugee shelter

Refugees and victims of natural disasters could be housed in pop-up huts designed by an Adelaide business. The South Australian government has provided local business Humanihut with a $50,000 innovation grant to continue developing the concept. Humanihut managing director Neale Sutton says the foldable huts would offer water, sewerage and power and could be assembled within hours for emergency accommodation…


Our government’s big green idea: let’s subsidise natural disasters

Teetering above one of the busiest railway lines in England is 350,000 tonnes of soil and rubble. Three weeks ago, the landslip at Harbury in Warwickshire shut the main link between Manchester, Birmingham and the south, and the route between Birmingham and London Marylebone. It’s unlikely to reopen before Easter. An act of God? Perhaps. But before you decide, take a look at the images on Google Earth…


Investors ask oil companies to disclose refineries’ risks from climate change

Investors and nonprofits on Thursday asked the five largest US oil companies to disclose risks to their facilities from climate change. In letters signed by Calvert Investments, Pax World Management, Walden Asset Management and other investors, as well as nonprofit advocates Ceres and the Union of Concerned Scientists, the groups express concern about “the lack of public disclosure of physical risks due to climate change”, such as from storms and flooding…



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