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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...

Poor air quality forces cancellations

A number of sporting events recently scheduled for the ACT have been forced to postpone, cancel or relocate due to the poor air quality across the region from bushfire smoke. Last month, umpires at the...

Canberra gasps for breath as bushfires burn

A State of Alert was declared for the ACT on Thursday 2 January as the bushfires burn, with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr acknowledging it was still in place on Monday 6...