DARWIN, AUSTRALIA – A wildlife ranger was taken by a crocodile Friday in Australia's Northern Territory. The indigenous woman was attacked in a remote location 206 kilometers (128 miles) southwest of the indigenous community of Yirrkala, NT WorkSafe said. The employment safety watchdog said in a statement it was investigating. Police were traveling by boat and road to the area of the attack, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The woman's body has yet to be recovered.
Tropical Cyclone Blanche has developed to the north of Australia's Top End and is bringing flooding rains across Northern Territory into Western Australia. The storm is currently located around 300 kilometres west-southwest of Darwin, and is moving southwest at around 6 kilometres an hour. At its strongest, the winds within the cyclone peaked at around 150km/h just before making landfall in the Kimberley, between Wyndham and Kalumburu, around midday on Monday. The system currently has sustained winds of 90km/h gusting nearer 120km/h. Flooding will now be the major issue.
Australia aims to become a major global exporter of hydrogen fuel, but critics fear its new strategy will prop up the fossil fuel industry and lock out green energy sources. The country's energy ministers recently announced around £200 million in funding and a suite of recommendations aimed at launching an industry ready to capitalise on growing demand for hydrogen in Asia and Europe over the next decade.
Contrary to most expectations, the Australia-India Test series is proving to be an absolute cracker, with the teams locked together 1-1 going into the decider that begins on Saturday in Dharamsala. Australian commercial sponsors of sport must always be delighted when the results are close, wherever they are played. Excitement means more viewers, leading to greater brand recognition for the "proud sponsor". But if the Commonwealth Bank is really so "proud" of its association with Cricket Australia, why is it investing in projects that endanger the health of Australian cricketers? CommBank is the most structurally significant private investor in fossil fuels in Australia.
Less than a month after Tesla unveiled a new backup power system in South Australia, the world's largest lithium-ion battery is already being put to the test. And it appears to be far exceeding expectations: In the past three weeks alone, the Hornsdale Power Reserve has smoothed out at least two major energy outages, responding even more quickly than the coal-fired backups that were supposed to provide emergency power.