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Many forests will become highly flammable for at least 30 extra days per year unless we cut emissions, research finds

Climate change is raising the number of days the Earth passes crucial thresholds of fire risk. But urgently cutting emissions can avoid the worst.
Desire’s story of loss and longing is threaded with moments of hope, like a ‘dangerous but invigorating’ ocean swim. Mickael Gresset/Unsplash

Sex, ‘skin hunger’ and problematic men: Jessie Cole’s memoir investigates desire after trauma

Jessie Cole’s memoir traces a love affair: a long-distance relationship with an unnamed, older lover. It’s set against layers of thinking about love, desire, bodies and ecological disaster.
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How 1970s conservation laws turned this ‘paradise on Earth’ into a tinderbox

New research finds the Victorian town of Buchan never experienced catastrophic bushfires, until misguided laws banned the use of burning as a way to control the land.
Floodwaters wrecked Lismore resident Robert Bialowas’s house. Jason O'Brien/AAP

Nearly 6 months on, flood victims are still waiting to be housed. This is what Australia must do to be ready for the next disaster

The long delays in housing displaced flood victims point to the need to develop a permanent reserve of temporary housing to be available wherever and whenever disaster strikes.

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