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‘Unique’ autumn show predicted for UK trees – but decline may follow

National Trust says dazzling display this year may be reversed if trees continue to face extreme summersAfter a year of extreme weather, a “unique” show of golden browns and buttery yellows could light up the UK’s trees in the next few weeks, a conservation charity has predicted, while warning that the impact of the climate emergency could threaten the show in autumns to come.The National Trust said that some stressed trees had shed leaves early during a “false autumn” because of the summer’s exceptional heat and dryness but said that it, nonetheless, believed a particularly vivid October and November could be on the way. Continue reading...

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Review of UK seasonal worker visas to increase risk of slavery, experts warn

Exclusive: labour rights experts say Liz Truss’s proposals to tackle shortages will put workers at riskMore people will be at risk of modern slavery on British farms if a cap on seasonal worker visas is lifted, labour rights experts have warned.Liz Truss has signalled that she intends to lift the cap on foreign workers in seasonal agriculture as part of a review of visas to tackle labour shortages. Continue reading...

Australia news live: new Indigenous voice details revealed; Pocock warns of ‘high bar’ for public anti-corruption hearings

Federal government strikes deal with gas suppliers to avoid winter shortfallGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastQueensland seeking partnerships from the federal government in renewable planThe Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, was asked to clarify how long the state will keep exporting coal for:There’s still going to be countries that need our coal and, of course, the metallurgical coal [that] is needed for steel production. Let’s be clear about that. Until there’s alternative to manufacturing steel, the world will still need metallurgical coal.The plan is $62bn. We have a $6bn down payment on that … we’ve already got $11bn worth of private investment coming in. But there will be even more coming in as well. So roughly, it will be around, over $30bn, between $30bn and $40bn we’re providing, but we’re seeking partnerships from the federal government.Well, in Europe, of course, there’s a lot of reliance on gas coming in from the Ukraine and parts of Russia, is my understanding.But what we’re doing here very clearly is [ensuring] that the hydro dams get built. And then, as the hydro dams come online, that’s when you start phasing down the reliance on coal-fired power stations.We’re building sea walls as we speak. People are having to build their houses on 7-to-12-foot stilts above the ground because of the water coming underneath. Ancestral graves that the ABC has reported on are being washed away. This is happening in Queensland. It’s not just an island on the Pacific ocean. It is happening to Queenslanders. To Australians. And we all have a duty to look after one another. Continue reading...

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"Extremely Dangerous" Hurricane Hits Florida, Houses Swept Away

Hurricane Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of Florida as a monster Category 4 storm on Wednesday with powerful winds and torrential rains threatening to cause "catastrophic" damage and...

Coolio, US west coast rapper of Gangsta’s Paradise fame, dies aged 59

The Grammy-winning musician passed away at friend’s house in Los Angeles, manager saysThe rapper Coolio died at the age of 59 in Los Angeles, his manager has confirmed.The artist, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, passed away at a friend’s house, his longtime manager, Jarez Posey, told the Associated Press and other outlets including TMZ, Rolling Stone and Variety. Continue reading...