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gHello. Australia will be lagging behind the world if the government does not increase its spending on research and development. Emissions from land clearing are probably much higher than claimed. And it’s only Monday, but if you’re already looking forward to a beer at the pub this weekend, Sydney’s historic Annandale Hotel – after a controversial trip – reopens this week.

Australia’s emissions from land clearing are likely much higher than those reported to the United Nations, indicates a new analysis, prompting calls for an independent review of the sector. Researchers evaluated satellite images of more than 50 properties in Queensland and found significant discrepancies between what is treated as cleared land by Australia’s National Carbon Accounting System (NCAS) and the Statewide Landcover and Trees Study. (Slats) used by the state government. The Australian government has relied on its declarations of declining clearing rates for nearly every cut that allows it to claim that the country’s emissions have fallen by about a fifth since 2005.

The country risks losing jobs to others if it fails to raise its below-average spending on research and development, a leading scientific body has warned, amid Scott Morrison’s vow to promote “technology, not taxes” on climate policy. Australia invests only 1.8% of its economic output in research and development, well below the OECD average of 2.5%. Misha Schubert, Managing Director of Science & Technology Australia, said Australia “must stay at the forefront of technological advances” in areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, clean energy technologies and agricultural technologies otherwise it “will lose jobs and opportunities for our competitors in the advanced economies of the world, in the OECD and in our region”.

Rapper Travis Scott said he was devastated after eight people died at his Astroworld music festival, aged 14 to 27. Dozens more were injured when crowds rushed to the stage shortly after 9 p.m. Friday. Two investigations have been opened, including a criminal investigation by homicide and narcotics detectives after reports that someone in the public injected people with drugs.


NSW Treasurer Matt Kean said the Net Zero Emissions Policy Forum will ensure states and territories work together. Photograph: Brendon Thorne / Getty Images

New South Wales, South Australia and ACT have reached agreement between the parties to help each other achieve the goal of zero net greenhouse gas emissions. The self-proclaimed “historic” agreement will help subnational jurisdictions meet practical challenges, after widespread criticism that the federal government’s plan contained no new policies.

Police are investigating the cause of a fire that killed four-year-old twin girls near Byron Bay. Early reports suggest that a candle left lit above a piano may have smoldered the instrument and emitted toxic fumes.

Emergency services continue to search for the body of missing man Paul Millachip after a shark attack on a Perth beach on Saturday. Two teenagers who say they saw the incident called emergency services.

The world

Damage caused by drone attack at the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi
Damage caused by a drone attack at the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi.

An assassination attempt using an explosive drone targeting the Iraqi prime minister’s house failed to kill him, the government said. Mustafa al-Kadhimi is reportedly unharmed after the drone struck his home in the heavily fortified Green Zone of Baghdad, injuring seven security guards. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Few people are ready to make major lifestyle changes to help save the planet, although it recognizes that the climate crisis is the main environmental challenge facing the world today, an international survey of 10 countries has found.

Julian Assange and his fiancee Stella Moris say they are prevented from getting married and are preparing a lawsuit against British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and the governor of Belmarsh prison.

Recommended reading

Annandale Hotel
The Annandale Hotel in west-central Sydney reopens this week. Photograph: Blake Sharp-Wiggins / The Guardian

When Neil Thompson took over the Annandale Hotel – an establishment famous for nurturing live music over decades – he was unaware of the history of this iconic venue., and unprepared for the backlash that was to come when he emptied the place and threw precious pieces of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia on the street. Outrage has led to a story of redemption and a whole new future for the beloved pub, which reopens this week.

“Why do I identify with my native family and not with my Irish and English ancestors? There are many reasons, and they are all compelling ”, writes Claire Coleman in Lies, Damned Lies – A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonization.The first is the simplest: if you could identify with the tyrant or the victim, the murderers or the family of the murdered, the genocidal colonizers or the colonized, who would you choose?

A wok can be the savior of weekday dinners when used correctly – to cook small amounts of food quickly. Adam Liaw shares a few quick meals to get you through the week and some tips for getting the most out of your wok. “Giant woks on fire-breathing wok burners in restaurants turn out one plate at a time, but at home we try to load enough ingredients to feed the whole family in a wok and we wonder. why it turns out soaking wet. If you have eight ingredients, make four small wok-fried dishes using two ingredients each, instead of one large that uses all eight.


Although they are virulent activists on climate issues, young people have no place at the Cop26 table; they are counting on world leaders to develop a serious plan to tackle the climate crisis before it is too late. In today’s full article, three young activists describe their path to activism, discussing their thwarted attempts to force world leaders to meet their legally binding climate commitments and the rest of their movement.

Whole story

Cop26: how three young climate activists are trying to change the world

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Scotland beat Australia 15-13 in the International Rugby Union overnight, for their third consecutive victory over the Wallabies.

Rory Burns said Ben Stokes’ return to England cricket was “a huge boost” to their chances of success in the Ashes, but said the sudden announcement that the all-rounder would be on the flight to Australia didn’t surprise him.

Media overview

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that taxpayer funds have allegedly been misappropriated for Liberal Party purposes, again stressing the need for a federal anti-corruption commission. Tasmanian police say jealousy may have been a motive behind the triple shooting that left two dead and one injured in Devonport on Saturday, reports the Mercury.


Scott Morrison will join an APEC online meeting.

And if you’ve read this far …

High winds off the coast of Florida prompted SpaceX to delay the return of four astronauts from the International Space Station. The good news for them is that their return should now take eight hours instead of 20 – meaning they’ll have to spend a lot less time using diapers, after their SpaceX capsule’s toilet breaks.

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