How one heatwave killed ‘a third’ of a bat species in Australia

Image copyright DAVID WHITE Image caption Many spectacled flying foxes were found dead around Cairns, a city in Queensland Over two days in November, record-breaking heat in Australia’s north wiped out almost one-third of the nation’s spectacled flying foxes, according to researchers. The animals, also known as spectacled fruit bats, were unable to survive in temperatures which exceeded 42C. In the city of Cairns, locals saw bats toppling from trees into backyards, swimming pools and other locations. Wildlife rescuers found surviving animals clumped together, usually on branches closer to the…

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Australia v India: Rohit Sharma century in vain as Australia win opening ODI

Richardson took four wickets, including dismissing India captain Virat Kohli One-day international, Sydney Cricket Ground: Australia 288-5 (50 overs): Handscomb 73, Khawaja 59 India 254-9 (50 overs): Sharma 133, Dhoni 51, Richardson 4-26 Australia win by 34 runs Scorecard Rohit Sharma’s 133 off 129 balls was not enough to prevent India from going 1-0 down in the three-match one-day series against Australia in Sydney. The India opener hit 10 fours and six sixes in a sparkling knock but his side fell 34 runs short. Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja and Shaun…

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Python covered with over 500 ticks rescued in Australia

Image copyright Gold coast and brisbane snake catcher/facebook Snake catchers in Australia have rescued a carpet python which was found covered in hundreds of ticks. Video posted online showed the reptile, which was believed to be ill, coated in the parasites in a backyard swimming pool on the Gold Coast in Queensland. A professional handler removed the snake and took it for treatment at a wildlife clinic. Vets removed more than 500 ticks, snake catcher Tony Harris told the BBC, and it is expected to recover. ‘Like holding a bag…

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Australia fish deaths: Thousands found floating in New South Wales

Hundreds of thousands of fish have been found floating in the Darling River and washed up on its banks. Local officials say falling temperatures killed an algae bloom, which then decomposed causing oxygen depletion in the water. But critics say the state and federal governments have been mismanaging the environment. Source link

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‘Suspicious packages’ found at consulates in Australia

Australian authorities are investigating suspicious packages found at foreign consulates in Canberra and Melbourne, police have confirmed. The Metropolitan Fire Brigade confirmed it was assisting police with “a number of incidents” across Melbourne. Several consulates were reportedly affected. “The packages are being examined by attending emergency services,” the Australian Federal Police said. “The circumstances are being investigated.” A British High Commission official said: “We are liaising closely with the [federal police] and the local authorities. “All our staff are safe and accounted for.” This is a breaking news story –…

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Australia v India: Virat Kohli praises team after first Test series win in Australia

India first began touring Australia in 1947-48 Fourth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day five) India 622-7 dec: Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4-178 Australia 300 & 6-0: (Harris 79, Labuschagne 38, Yadav 5-99) Match drawn Scorecard Virat Kohli says captaining India to their first Test series victory in Australia is the “proudest” moment of his career. The 2-1 series win was confirmed when the fifth day of the fourth Test in Sydney was washed out by rain and the match was drawn. “I’ve never been more proud of…

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Australia v India: Hosts face battle to save final Test after follow-on

Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris only had to survive four overs of the second innings before the weather intervened Fourth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day four) India 622-7 dec: Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4-178 Australia 300 (Harris 79, Labuschagne 38, Yadav 5-99) & 6-0 India lead by 316 runs Scorecard Australia face a final-day battle to save the final Test after being forced to follow on by India in Sydney. The hosts resumed on 236-6 in reply to India’s 622-7 but lost Pat Cummins to the sixth…

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Australia v India: Tourists in control as hosts struggle with bat once again

Kuldeep Yadav (second left) took 3-71 on the third day of the final Test against Australia Fourth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day three) India 622-7 dec: Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4-178 Australia 236-6: Harris 79, Labuschagne 38, Yadav 3-71 India lead by 386 runs Scorecard Australia’s batsmen struggled once again before bad light halted play on the third day of the final Test against India in Sydney. The hosts, resuming on 24-0, played patiently in the morning session, with opener Marcus Harris making 79. However, Harris was…

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Australia v India: Pujara & Pant keep tourists on course for historic series win

Pant scored his second Test century as India built an imposing first innings total Fourth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day two) India 622-7 Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4-178 Australia 24-0 Harris 19*, Khawaja 5* Scorecard India remain on course for a first series win in Australia after dominating day two of the fourth and final Test in Sydney. The tourists lead the series 2-1 and declared their first innings on 622-7. Cheteshwar Pujara was finally out for 193, while Rishabh Pant hit his second Test century in…

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Australia v India: Cheteshwar Pujara scores century as tourists dominate first day

Pujara has 458 runs in the series Fourth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day one) India 303-4 Pujara 130*, Agarwal 77, Hazlewood 2-51 Scorecard Cheteshwar Pujara scored his third century of the series as India took control on day one of the fourth and final Test against Australia. The 30-year-old, who scored 123 in the first Test and 106 in the third, finished the day on 130 not out as the tourists closed on 303-4 in Sydney. Mayank Agarwal hit 77 after India lost KL Rahul in the second over. Hanuma…

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