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Australian retailers commended for plastic bag ban

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson commended Woolworths Group and Coles Group today after the retailers announced an impending ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.The ban on single-use, lightweight plastic bags will extend across both groups' Australian networks, with Woolworths set to fully implement the initiative within 12 months.Read more: Countdown to plastic

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El Nino WATCH cancelled; ENSO neutral likely for 2017

The Bureau's ENSO Outlook has been downgraded from El Niño WATCH to INACTIVE.This follows a reversal of the early autumn warming in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, and an easing of climate model outlooks. The tropical Pacific Ocean is likely to remain neutral with respect to the El Niño–Southern Oscillation in 2017.In

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Rain on the way for eastern states, south-west WA

A rain band will move from west to east across Australia's eastern states from Wednesday to Saturday, with the highest rainfall totals expected in Queensland.Bureau National Operations Centre Senior Meteorologist Scott Williams said smaller rain totals are also expected in areas of New South Wales and Victoria from Thursday, and

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New weather station for Swan Valley

A new weather station in Perth’s Swan Valley has today started recording rainfall, temperature, humidity, winds and pressure information every 30 minutes, to further improve forecasting services for Perth Airport and the Swan Valley.The Bureau of Meteorology's acting Regional Director for Western Australia, Mr Grahame Reader, welcomed the increase in

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Bureau releases its monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for May to July 2017

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for May to July 2017.For the months ahead, rainfall likely to be below average over the southern two-thirds of mainland Australia. May is likely to be drier than average over most of Australia, except far northern Australia and

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Seasonal climate outlook for April-June released

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for April to June 2017.For the months ahead, the outlook indicates below-average rainfall is likely for the southern two-thirds of the mainland, and it will be wetter in the far north.Daytime temperatures are likely to be warmer than average except

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Australian Federal Court orders ISPs to block copyright infringing sites

On Thursday, the Australian Federal Court ordered Internet service providers to block websites which infringe copyright.The court required five websites be blocked: Pirate Bay, Torrentz, isoHunt, Torrenthound, and SolarMovie.In the first case of site blocking under new Australian legislation, the court asked the companies to block access to these websites

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