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Tech & Science Sydney news: Smoke haze lingers as bushfires ring Sydney, Australians say it's time to talk climate change

00:11  06 december  2019
00:11  06 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Cool start to summer as smoke haze lingers

  Cool start to summer as smoke haze lingers It will be a cool start to summer in Sydney with below-average temperatures on Sunday and Monday as a smoke haze lingers over the city. Temperatures will reach tops of 25 degrees on Sunday and 23 degrees on Monday before warming up to the high 20s and low 30s during the week."It's the first day of summer but it's a bit cooler than what we've seen in the past," Abrar Shabren, a forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, said.However, Mr Shabren said it is expected to be a warm summer, with little rainfall expected in the coming weeks.

Media captionPeople in Sydney woke up to a city shrouded in smoke on Tuesday, as bushfires But it ' s hard to predict these days - the blazes are so volatile and can flare up with a change in wind. Last week, Sydney faced unprecedented bushfire danger when blazes hit its suburbs and parts of

Sydney was ringed by bushfires on Tuesday with thick smoke settling in the city’ s basin, blown from large bushfires in the Blue Mountains, near Warragamba Dam and in the Hawkesbury area. Air quality was “hazardous” in Sydney ’ s east and south-west on Tuesday afternoon but “good” in the city’ s

a sign on the side of a road: There are total fire bans in place across the state today. (Supplied: Aditya Hingorani)© Provided by ABC Health There are total fire bans in place across the state today. (Supplied: Aditya Hingorani)

Here's what you need to know this morning.

No relief from smoke haze

Sydney is set for another day of poor air quality, as bushfires ring the outskirts of the city.

Yesterday saw hazardous levels as smoke haze blanketed the Sydney basin and surrounding areas, fanned by strong, hot, westerly winds.

Sydney news: Smoke haze lingers as bushfires ring the city, Australians say it's time to talk climate change

  Sydney news: Smoke haze lingers as bushfires ring the city, Australians say it's time to talk climate change MORNING BRIEFING: Firefighters conduct property protection across five emergency level fires across the state overnight, ahead of worsening bushfire conditions bringing more smoke forecast today.Sydney is set for another day of poor air quality, as bushfires ring the outskirts of the city.

More than 50 people were treated for asthma and breathing-related problems in Sydney on Tuesday as smoke blown from New South Wales bushfires engulfed the Australian city in thick smoke .

The bushfires are continuing. On Monday, Sydney was covered in a thick haze as strong winds carried smoke from the west into the centre of the city. Two million hectares of land in New South Wales have been burnt since July. Officials warn that the worst of Australia ' s bushfire season is still

Forecaster Rebecca Kamitakahara from the Bureau of Meteorology said there would be no relief in sight today, with fire crews working all night to contain the major blazes near Sydney.

"So we've got a few in particular to the southwest and northwest of Sydney, they include the Three Mile, Gospers Mountain, Wright's Creek fires on the Central Coast, the Ruin Castle, the Green Wattle Creek and Kowmung River fires in the Blue Mountains," she said.

Time to talk climate change

A new survey shows Australians in metropolitan areas are far more keen to talk climate change during a bushfire emergency than those in regional areas.

Of the 2,000 surveyed, more than 70 percent of metropolitan respondents said a strong climate response is needed from government, while 55 per cent of respondents living in rural and regional areas agreed.

'Not a good look': Bushfire smoke threatens to pollute Sydney's tourist image

  'Not a good look': Bushfire smoke threatens to pollute Sydney's tourist image Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said although the smoke was uncomfortable, "restaurants are still serving food and pubs are still pouring beer".Outdoor attractions are already feeling the effects of sustained poor air quality, and experts suggest tourists may shun Australia during the hotter months because of bushfire risks.

Main image: People view smoke from bushfires in the Blue Mountains, which has engulfed Sydney , 100km away. Eastern Australia has suffered a devastating start to It ’ s an amazing place because of what you can do in the summer time , people wait for the summer to come out to really enjoy Sydney .

Heavy bushfire smoke smothering Sydney and other parts of NSW was forecast to linger into the weekend. “Very heavy smoke is affecting the Sydney area. It is being blown from large fires near Warragamba Meanwhile, a bushfire was posing a possible threat to lives and homes in Hazelmere

Last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other leaders criticised people linking the bushfires to climate change, saying the main focus should be on the victims.

Professor Matthew England from the University of New South Wales's Climate Change Research Centre said just over half of all 2,000 people surveyed thought it was right to talk about climate change now.

Sydney welcomes new zoo

Sydney’s newest zoo will throw its doors open to the public tomorrow in Bungarribee on the Great Western Highway.

The zoo said they will "embrace technology and innovation to improve animal welfare", describing an immersive experience similar to a safari.

Visitors will see native Australian animals as well as animals heralding from Asia and Africa in 30 exhibits.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will cut the ribbon this morning ahead of tomorrow's open.

Orkopoulos parole decision

Former NSW Labor minister and convicted child sex offender Milton Orkopoulos will find out today whether he will be freed on parole.

Linking climate change to Australia's bushfires 'is insulting': Kenny

  Linking climate change to Australia's bushfires 'is insulting': Kenny Sky News host Chris Kenny says it is “sickening” to observe the “hysterical politics of climate change” permeating into the coverage of Australia’s devastating bushfires. “These fires are terrible, they have taken lives, they have ruined lives,” Mr Kenny said. Mr Kenny said it “is pretty sickening,” to observe “facts, history and context thrown out the window” in order for a “climate alarmist” narrative to be pushed. Mr Kenny said some of the discussion around climate change and the Australia's devastating bushfires simply, “insults everyone’s intelligence”.

The big smoke : political inaction on climate change is adding to our suffocating atmosphere The Bureau of Meteorology says smoke is forecast to linger in parts of Sydney into Tuesday. “ It ’ s likely to remain smokey tonight,” the RFS tweeted. There were some 125 bush and grass fires burning Firefighters say a fast-moving blaze is threatening properties on Alf Dobson Road between Schultz

Smoke haze from bushfires in New South Wales engulfs Sydney Credit: STEVEN Sydney resident Donna Hogan, who has asthma, told The Telegraph she has only left her home I use a surgical mask but it ’ s ineffective. I can’t walk to university, I have to get an Uber to go less than one kilometre.”

The 62-year-old former Aboriginal Affairs minister was jailed in 2008 for a minimum of nine years in prison over several charges relating to sex offences relating to three boys.

He was eligible for parole in 2017 but it was repeatedly denied pending the completion of sex offender courses.

Parole officials in October indicated they intended to grant him parole but the final decision will be made today.

NAPLAN failings identified

The interim report into NAPLAN has found the tests don't give parents, teachers and schools useful information in the most efficient way.

NAPLAN measures the literacy and numeracy skills of students in years three, five, seven and nine.

The report commissioned by the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian governments looks at the test itself, and how the results are reported.

The New South Wales Education Minister, Sarah Mitchell, said the review identified testing deficiencies, delays in results and a potential need to narrow of the curriculum.

Baby in car stolen outside shops

A man has been charged after allegedly stealing a car with a baby on board in the state's north east.

The 25-year-old is alleged to have stolen a drink from a shop in South Lismore before driving off in a Holden Commodore that had been parked outside with the air-conditioning and car running.

An 11-month-old was strapped into a baby seat in the back when the man is alleged to have driven off in the vehicle.

Police arrested the man after the owner of the Commodore and another witness gave chase and were able to park in front of the stolen car at a set of traffic lights.

The baby was distressed but unharmed.

Sydney protesters demand action on climate change .
Demonstrators accuse the government of inaction as bushfires bring hazardous smoke to the city.It came a day after a thick haze caused chaos in the harbour city, setting off smoke alarms and marring visibility.

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