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Dozens of Australian towns have run out of drinking water, and while parts of NSW received big downpours in early February, it wasn't enough to break the drought. About 70 towns in the state are still facing the prospect of serious water security problems within 12 months, including running out entirely. . In part two of #TheFrontline, @GuardianAustralia's major project looking at Australia's lived reality of global heating, we show what life is like in one of those towns that has run out of water. This is what happens when the taps run dry. . When Fleur Magick Dennis moved her family to Euchareena in July 2017, the dam that supplies the tiny village with water was full and the three local creeks were flowing. But within 12 months, drought had bitten so hard that the dam the kids used to cool off was almost empty. The town water supply was turned off. . Follow the link in our bio to hear the full story in the immersive multimedia experience. . This is episode two @GuardianAustralia's
The chinstrap #penguin has become a species of concern, after new research found that colonies have fallen drastically across islands in #Antarctica. Scientists believe the most likely cause for the drop is #climate disruption. They confirm that breeding rates remain consistent, which means the cause of the decline is something affecting the birds after they become juveniles. Human-driven heating has pushed up winter temperatures on and around the #Antarctic peninsula by 5C above pre-industrial levels, one of the fastest rises in the world. The region recently recorded a new high of 18.3C. Sea-ice is forming later and melting earlier, which is weakening the Antarctic food chain. #Greenpeace said the decline of the chinstraps highlights the need for stronger climate action and greater wildlife protection in the world’s most remote corners.
The Antarctic has registered a temperature of more than 20C (68F) for the first time on record, prompting fears of climate instability in the world’s greatest repository of ice. The 20.75C logged by Brazilian scientists at Seymour Island on 9 February was almost a full degree higher than the previous record of 19.8C, taken on Signy Island in January 1982. It follows another recent temperature record: on 6 February an Argentinian research station at Esperanza measured 18.3C, which was the highest reading on the continental Antarctic peninsula. These records will need to be confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization, but they are consistent with a broader trend on the peninsula and nearby islands, which have warmed by almost 3C since the pre-industrial era – one of the fastest rates on the planet.
Could you be related to a ‘ghost population’ of ancient humans? Scientists have found evidence of a previously unknown human species. Researchers analysed the genomes from west African populations and found that up to a fifth of their DNA appeared to have come from the unknown species. Geneticists suspect the ancestors of modern west Africans interbred with the to-be-discovered human species tens of thousands of years ago. Sriram Sankararaman, a computational biologist who led the research, said: “They seem to have made a pretty substantial impact on the genomes of the present day individuals we studied.”
A mysterious piece of street art has appeared overnight on a house in Bristol, home to the elusive street artist @Banksy. . Before the artist confirmed the piece with a post to the @banksy instagram account, Banksy expert John Brandler said he believed the artwork - which depicts a girl firing a group of flowers into the air via slingshot - is an original. . "We hope it's Banksy's work," says the Bristol Somali Community Association. "Whoever painted, it's worth admiring their creativity". . Photo: Ben Birchall/PA . . #banksy #banksyart #streetart #streetphotography #bristol #valentines #valentine #valentines day #valentinesday2020 #valentinesday #banksyartwork
Friday marks the 30th anniversary of the iconic "Pale Blue Dot" photograph, taken by NASA's Voyager 1, which shows Earth as a speck from a vantage point 6 billion km away from our sun. NASA has commemorated the event with a remastered photograph using modern image processing software, but we've included the original as well. . . "Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives... . . "The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. . . "It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our
Australian artists including have donated artworks to Home, an independent auction held at the National Art School in Sydney to raise money for charities working in bushfire recovery and prevention. More than 60 pieces by emerging and established artists are going under the hammer; here's a small selection. In order: Earth First by Jenny Kee, This may not Protect you by Amrita Hepi, Prue Stent & Honey Long, The Island by Ben Quilty (photo by Mim Stirling), and Landscape painting No 8 by Guy Maestri. #art #bushfires #bushfiresaustralia #australia #fires #bushfires #bushfiresaustralia #australiafires #AustralianBushfires #australiaburning #bushfirecrisis #ausfires #bushfireaustralia #australiaisburning #australianfires #australiabushfires #AustraliaBurns #AustraliaOnFire #climatechange #globalwarming #climateaction #climatecrisis #climateemergency #globalheating #climate
This is what climate change looks like in Australia, right now. Today we launched the first part of one of our biggest ever projects – an exclusive six-part multimedia experience telling the personal stories about how everyday Australians are already living with the climate crisis. We start in the Gold Coast hinterland with the heartbreaking story of the historic Binna Burra Lodge. It was 81-year-old Tony Groom’s life. His father founded the mountain hiking retreat in the 1930s, Tony ran it in the 60s and 70s, and his daughter, Lisa, 52, grew up there. On the morning of 8 September 2019 the lodge, the heritage-listed cabins and the Grooms’ family homestead were razed to the ground by a bushfire that burned about 450 hectares of rainforest – the kind of lush forest that used to be too wet to burn. This is 'The new fire zone', episode one of #TheFrontline series. Follow the link in our bio for the full first episode of 'The new fire zone', and get your *headphones on*
Here's a selection from the 2020 LensCulture Exposure award winners and finalists, which shines a light on new and emerging photographers from around the world. In order: Maktub by Oye Diran (@oye diran), Consequence - Artefact by Areg Balayan (@aregbalayan official), Night Trees: Artie's Deli by Sue Bailey (@suebaileyphotography) and Born Free - Mandela's Generation of Hope by Ilvy Njiokiktjien (@ilvynjio).
From megafires to extreme heat, Australia is experiencing the effects of the global climate crisis more rapidly than much of the world. Today @GuardianAustralia launches #TheFrontline, an exclusive new six-part series. We have spoken to some of the millions of people touched by Australia’s climate crisis as part of this series, 'The Frontline: inside Australia’s climate emergency'. This is what ground zero looks like for everyday Australians. Follow the link in our bio to experience today's episode, 'The new fire zone', and stay tuned as we release more episodes of #TheFrontline over the next two weeks. . . . #australia #fires #bushfires #bushfiresaustralia #australiafires #AustralianBushfires #australiaburning #bushfirecrisis #ausfires #bushfireaustralia #australiaisburning #australianfires #australiabushfires #AustraliaBurns #AustraliaOnFire #climatechange #globalwarming #climateaction #climatecrisis #climateemergency #globalheating #climate #groundzero
Would you be prepared to spend five days on a London tube platform to get a dramatic wildlife photo? That's how long it took Sam Rowley to capture this moment when two mice started fighting over a scrap of food at a station. His "Station Squabble" photo has won him the wildlife photographer of the year Lumix people’s choice award. The fight was over in seconds, before one mouse grabbed the crumb and the pair went their separate ways. . . . #Wildlifephotography #wildlife #LondonUnderground #Tube #Station #Platform
Counting the cost of Australia’s summer of dread: Greg Hodges has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years but this fire season wasn’t normal. His strike team crisscrossed the state, defending towns that are now synonymous with loss – Bargo, Bilpin, Nelligen, Adaminaby. The toll on paid and volunteer firefighters would be enormous. The federal government has funded extra mental health services to deal with the anticipated rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma among emergency service workers and bushfire victims. . This is part of our introduction to an exclusive @GuardianAustralia project looking at Australia's lived reality of global heating. In the days ahead we launch our new series 'The frontline: inside Australia's climate emergency', showing what ground zero looks like for everyday Australians, from extreme heat to warming seas. Don't miss it. . Follow the link in our bio to come on a journey through some of the country's worst-affected areas. .