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Category: Bushfires

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Cricket Australia scramble to salvage bushfire charity game

Match scheduled for SCG cancelled due to rainMelbourne likely alternative venue for star-studded eventCricket Australia is scrambling to arrange another bushfire relief match, having scrapped Saturday’s all-star contest at the SCG because of forecast h…

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Australian Open: Players discuss air quality concerns before tournament – video

The biggest names in tennis, including Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova, have admitted to concerns about the impact of the bushfires and air quality at the Australian Open before it begins on Monday. There were concerns about the health and wellbeing o…

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Australian Open: Players discuss air quality concerns before tournament – video

The biggest names in tennis, including Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova, have admitted to concerns about the impact of the bushfires and air quality at the Australian Open before it begins on Monday. There were concerns about the health and wellbeing o…

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Storm brings relief to Australian Open but cannot stop tempers flaring

• Heat and smoke from bushfires lessened by thunder and rain• World No103 claims Roger Federer does not care about qualifiersLike farmers in a drought peering into an unforgiving sky, tennis turned to the heavens – and Roger Federer – to break the iron…

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‘I was really scared’: Jakupovic on her collapse because of Australian Open air quality – video

Dalila Jakupovic has spoken about her collapse at the Australian Open after she suffered a coughing fit because of the poor quality of air in Melbourne. Australia is currently dealing with its worst bushfires in decades and that is having a drastic imp…

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Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara targets for bushfire relief cricket match

Ponting, Warne to captain charity cricket matchMCG or SCG could host BBL final curtain-raiserRicky Ponting and Shane Warne are hoping to persuade Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and MS Dhoni to join their star-studded teams in next month’s bushfire relief…

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Roger Federer responds to climate crisis criticism from Greta Thunberg

Credit Suisse closely linked with fossil fuel industry#RogerWakeUpNow has been trending on TwitterRoger Federer has issued a cautiously worded response to mounting criticism, including from climate activist Greta Thunberg, over his sponsorship deal wit…

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Mat Ryan to donate A$500 for every Premier League save to bushfire fund

Every save made by a Premier League keeper will add to fundRyan donated A$27,000 last week to charitiesThe Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has pledged his support to Australian wildlife charities amid the ongoing bushfires in his home country. The Soccero…

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Shane Warne’s baggy green fetches $1m in auction for Australia’s bushfire aid

Milestone reached two minutes before auction endsAmount surpasses that paid for Don Bradman’s capAustralian cricket great Shane Warne’s baggy green cap has made more than $1m at auction to aid those affected by bushfires.When bidding closed on Friday m…

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Bushfire haze in Melbourne casts doubt on Australian Open starting on time

Organisers optimistic tournament will go aheadPeople’s health is a priority, says Craig TileyLess than a fortnight before the start of the Australian Open, Melbourne lies under a thickening blanket of bushfire haze, and air quality has been downgraded …

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Cricket may seem insignificant while Australia burns but it shines some light | Barney Ronay

At the elite level, sport is run, funded and used as a reputation-garnish by the world’s greatest carbon-gorgersEdgar Allan Poe wrote a brilliantly sinister short story about a man who wakes up in the night and sees a shadow against the curtains that l…

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Cricket may seem insignificant while Australia burns but it shines some light | Barney Ronay

At the elite level, sport is run, funded and used as a reputation-garnish by the world’s greatest carbon-gorgersEdgar Allan Poe wrote a brilliantly sinister short story about a man who wakes up in the night and sees a shadow against the curtains that l…

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Kyrgios, Stosur and others pledge $200 per ace to bushfire relief efforts

ATP Cup promise A$100 per ace to support Red CrossCricket Australia to auction off players’ shirts from TestNick Kyrgios led the way as tennis pledged financial support to help victims of the Australian bushfires. The disaster has seen lives and homes …

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Australia and New Zealand focus on victims as bushfires threaten third Test

Justin Langer: ‘People are suffering … this is just a game’Friday’s Test at SCG may be delayed by bushfire smokeSmoke from bushfires is likely to affect play in the third Test between Australia and New Zealand, which is set to begin on Friday at the …

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Morrison’s smoke and mirrors can’t hide cricket’s place in climate crisis

While bushfire smoke and extreme heat disrupt matches in Australia, the prime minister must offer more than photocalls In the last week of October, Scott Morrison got more involved with the Prime Minister’s XI match than most who have held the office. …

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Israel Folau implies bushfires are God’s punishment for same-sex marriage – video report

In a video posted online, Israel Folau has implied the recent Australian bushfires are a punishment from God for the country legalising abortion and same-sex marriage. During the 10-minute recording, Folau says the timing of the bushfire crisis is no c…

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Israel Folau under fire for saying bushfires are God’s punishment

Former Wallabies player’s comments in sermon follow controversy over his sacking for social media postsScott Morrison has labelled comments by sacked rugby union star Israel Folau linking devastating bushfires to Australia passing laws to legalise abor…

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Heatwave in south-east Australia shows no sign of abating

Total fire ban in Victoria as Melbourne endures longest run of 40C days since 1908Oliver Milman

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Guardian Australia’s awards of the year

It’s the end of 2013, so let’s look back and dish out some prizes to Australia’s good, bad and ugly. And the winners are …Alex Needham