Authors: Elizabeth Thurbon, UNSW, Hao Tan, University of Newcastle, Sung-Young Kim and John Mathews, Macquarie University
The relationship between China and Australia has been strained in recent years due to the latter’s unfriendly actions against the former, including but not limited to blocking Chinese takeovers of Australian businesses, banning Huawei’s 5G network from entering its market on national security grounds, and a white paper urging an alliance with the US to contain China.
Australian media outlets have shown great concern over the likelihood that China may soon impose major tariffs on barley exports from Australia, as the move could become the symbolic start to a series of retaliatory measures against the country.
Author: Editorial Board, ANU
Hugh White, ANU
Author: Nick Bisley, La Trobe University
- Australia’s wildfires have burned through an area the size of Greece since September.
- Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London are helping with emergency seed collection in areas devastated by the bushfires.
- Seed specimens are being stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, a big underground freezer, which already contains 41,000 different species.
Elizabeth Howcroft, Editorial Trainee, Reuters
- Sydney and surrounding areas have seen the biggest sustained run of rainfall for 30 years.
- The rain has doused some bushfires and replenished depleted dams.
- But flooding has also caused travel chaos, power cuts and school closures.
Jonathan Barrett-Writer, Reuters
Australia needs to pull its weight when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to 274 of the country’s leading climate, fire and weather scientists who penned an open letter to the nation’s policy makers on Monday.
The bushfires now ravaging Australia’s flora, fauna and rural communities on an unprecedented scale underline the country’s exceptional vulnerability to global heating and its strong interest in global climate change mitigation and adaptation. Decarbonisation should be taken as an economic opportunity and it could elevate Australia’s leading role in Asia for years to come.
Author: Andrew Walter, University of Melbourne