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U.S. approves deal to sell LRASMs to Australia for up to $990M

U.S. approves deal to sell LRASMs to Australia for up to $990M

Business
Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved a possible sale of up to 200 AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles and related equipment to the Australian government for an estimated cost of $ 990 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. According to the DSCA, Australia's request also included support and test equipment, technical publications and documentation, personnel training, training equipment, technical assistance from the U.S. government and contractor representatives -- and engineering and logistics support. "This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States. Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific," said DSCA's announcement of the sale approval. "The strategic location ...
Koalas found dead on Australia logging plantation

Koalas found dead on Australia logging plantation

Science
Dozens of koalas have been found dead or injured at a timber plantation in the Australian state of Victoria, sparking an investigation by officials.Blue gum trees - an important koala habitat - were harvested from the plantation in December, leaving only a few isolated stands of trees.Some koalas had starved to death in the remaining trees. Others were apparently killed by bulldozers.About 80 surviving koalas have been removed and are being cared for. The deaths come after tens of thousands of koalas were killed in the bushfires that have ravaged Australia. The marsupial is listed as "vulnerable" by Australia's Environment Ministry. 'Australia should be ashamed'After the plantation was logged in December, reports of hundreds of s...
Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Technology
Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this season torching some 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers), an area about as big as Ohio. With blazes still raging in the country’s southeast, government officials are drawing up plans to reseed burned areas to speed up forest recovery that could otherwise take decades or even centuries. But some scientists and forestry experts doubt that reseeding and other intervention efforts can match the scope of the destruction. The fires since September have killed 28 people and bur
Australia fires: ‘Apocalypse’ comes to Kangaroo Island

Australia fires: ‘Apocalypse’ comes to Kangaroo Island

Science
Kangaroo Island in South Australia has been likened to a Noah's Ark for its unique ecology. But after fierce bushfires tore through the island this week, there are fears it may never fully recover. "You see the glowing in the distance," says Sam Mitchell, remembering the fire that threatened his home, family, and animals last week."The wind is quite fast, the glowing gets brighter - and then you start to see the flames."Sam runs Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and lives there with his wife and 19-month-old son, Connor. As the flames approached, an evacuation warning was issued. Within 20 minutes, "everyone was gone".But Sam - and four others - stayed behind."You can't move 800 animals including water buffaloes, ostriches and cassow...
Climate change: Australia fires will be ‘normal’ in warmer world

Climate change: Australia fires will be ‘normal’ in warmer world

Science
UK scientists say the recent fires in Australia are a taste of what the world will experience as temperatures rise. Prof Richard Betts from the Met Office Hadley Centre said we are "seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions under a future warming world of 3C".While natural weather patterns have driven recent fires, researchers said it's "common sense" that human-induced heating is playing a role. Last year was Australia's warmest and driest year on record.UK researchers have carried out a rapid analysis of the impact of climate change on the risk of wildfires happening all over the world. Their study looked at 57 research papers published since the last major review of climate science came out in 2013.All the studies in the review showed links betw...