The United Nations has warned the world must eliminate coal-fired power in the next 32 years and undergo “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avoid global warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on global warming, authored by 91 climate scientists, found that between 70 and 90 per cent of coral reefs worldwide would be lost if the earth warmed 1.5 degrees by 2100, while warming of 2 degrees would see the Arctic Circle free of sea ice in summer once every 10 years. Former UN Framework Convention on Climate Change chief executive Christiana Figueres said “the illustrations of mounting impacts, the fast-approaching and irreversible tipping points are visceral versions of a future that no policy-maker could wish to usher in or be responsible for”.
Cancer Council Australia has called for an independent review into the safety of weed killer Roundup after a United States court found it caused cancer. Cancer Council Australia chief executive Dr Sanchia Aranda said the peak body was “concerned that this issue's not being taken seriously enough in Australia, particularly by the agricultural industry”. Agriculture giant Monsanto is facing thousands of lawsuits in the US from people who claim glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup, contributed to them contracting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In August, California man Dewayne Lee Johnson won a landmark US$289 million suit against Monsanto after a jury found his use of Roundup as a school groundskeeper contributed to his terminal cancer.
Family violence hotlines and women’s shelters struggled with a spike in demand on the weekend of the AFL and NRL grand finals. Speaking to Guardian Australia, a Victoria Police spokesperson said “public holidays and major events have the potential to create a number of stressors on relationships that may increase the possibility of family violence”. Family violence counselling service 1800Respect experienced a 10 per cent rise in calls compared to previous weeks, while welfare agencies also reported an increase in families seeking help. Six women have been killed ($) in the past week, with 52 women dying as a result of violence against women so far in 2018.
And in Brazil, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won a convincing victory in the country’s presidential elections, while falling short of the required majority needed to avoid a runoff. Bolsonaro garnered more than 46 per cent of the vote, well ahead of his nearest rival, Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party, who won just under 30 per cent. The candidates will face off in a runoff election on October 28. Haddad now needs to attract voter support from those who favoured a coalition of unsuccessful candidates and their parties if Bolsonaro is to be defeated.
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