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Canberra Weekly’s 2020 in review – January

Canberra Weekly’s top stories of January focus on wild weather, starting with the bushfires before ‘pivoting’ to the 20 January hailstorm.

Study finds two-thirds of pregnant women affected by bushfire smoke, pandemic

The Mother and Child 2020 survey is looking to find the impacts of the 2020 bushfire season and COVID-19 on pregnant women and new mothers.

Promises to protect students from heat, bushfire smoke

The ACT Greens have promised to protect school students from heat and smoke in the classroom during bushfire season, announcing an election commitment to make all ACT schools smoke-free, temperature controlled and...

Smoke taint spoils 2020 vintage

A number of Canberra region winemakers are opting not to harvest fruit for vintage 2020 due to smoke taint from the recent bushfires. Amongst those who have made the difficult decision not to produce wine...

Air quality strategy a focus for government

The ACT has committed to a whole-of-government strategy on bushfire smoke and air quality, however, experts suggest a national approach would be more beneficial. On Thursday 13 February, an ACT Greens motion called...

From the editor: A hazy New Year

Starlog, Summer 2019/2020 - A hazy New Year Day 66: The smokewave has returned, again; bushfires continue to burn in southern ACT and along the NSW coast. I seem to exist in timewarp...

Choking on political incompetence

Canberrans welcomed in the new year choking on acrid smoke in the worst air quality of any major world city. Memories of the 2003 disaster that saw four people killed, 430 injured and 500 homes...

ACT-wide State of Alert reinstated amid weather concerns

The State of Alert has been reinstated for the entirety of the ACT, with bushfires burning in the south at Namadgi National Park and to the south-east in Beard and Pialligo. Chief Minister Andrew Barr...

Factsheets for smoke haze & State of alert amended

Major cities recently choked on thick clouds of hazardous smoke, prompting the Australian National University to release new factsheets on how best to protect yourself from bushfire smoke. The factsheets have been developed...

Smoke haze expected to linger

Poor air quality is expected to be an ongoing issue for the ACT as long as bushfires continue in the region, with Canberra’s topography also contributing to the lingering smoke haze. Professor Janette...

Businesses feel economic impact from bushfires, smoke

Local businesses are feeling the effects of the NSW bushfires with the smoke haze and related conditions prompting closures, loss of custom and reduced spending. CEO of the Canberra Business Chamber, Dr...

Bushfires and climate change: how we can make a difference today

As out-of-control bushfires burn to the city’s east and west, the air quality in the nation’s capital has been among the worst of any major city in the world. In the shopping...
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