Adani posts weird video ad on Facebook to fend off Carmichael criticism

The post – with misspellings and all – targets people in Melbourne and displays ‘allegations’, which it labels as ‘lies’

The Adani Group has promoted a bizarre video advertisement on Facebook, in which the Indian company responds to revelations its Australian coal operations face growing financial risks.

The video, targeting people in Melbourne, flashes up text on the screen, backed by fast and upbeat percussive music. It displays “allegations”, which are labelled as “lies”, followed by attempts to set the record straight. It also misspells “Abott point”, its coal terminal.

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Anti-Adani protest censored by operators of Melbourne’s Federation Square

Exclusive: Operators demand images of newspaper headlines and politicians, and ‘explicitly negative’ environmental messages be removed

The operators of Melbourne’s Federation Square have censored the content of an anti-Adani slideshow presented there, demanding that all images of newspaper headlines and politicians, as well as “explicitly negative” environmental messages be removed.

On Saturday, a coalition of environmental groups held a screening of the documentary Guarding the Galilee at Federation Square, attended by about 300 people. The film is about the fight to stop Adani’s Carmichael coalmine, which would be the biggest coalmine ever built in Australia and one of the biggest in the world.

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Smart city: using technology to tackle traffic and social isolation in Melbourne

Sharing child pickup duties, getting people to the bus stop and consolidating deliveries are some of the ideas emerging in the Resilient Melbourne Citymart Challenge

Traffic congestion and social isolation are two concepts that don’t immediately appear to be connected.

But in 2012, the Grattan Institute’s Social Cities report drew a direct line between inefficient urban transport and less time spent with friends and family. One estimate suggested every 10 minutes of commuting equates to 10% fewer social connections, while other research has found that more than 10% of working parents spend more time commuting to work than they spend with their children. It’s an issue that the city of Melbourne wants to get to grips with.

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Is there a housing bubble or isn’t there? | Greg Jericho

With record debt levels rising at a time when income growth is flat, the Reserve Bank governor has signalled a warning about Australia’s housing market. Should you be worried? The graphs have the answer

In the run-up to the May budget each year, the talk is often about tax cuts and welfare cuts, or general hubbub about the budget balance. This year a topic which is only of secondary importance to the budget balance is front and centre – housing affordability, and more crucially, whether or not Australia’s property market is in a bubble.

The problem with talk of housing bubbles is that it very much brings to the fore the issue of Australia’s divergent economy. Sydney is not representative of the nation, but neither is Adelaide or Perth.

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Stressed street trees: mapping the urban forests to save them – and us

City trees are under increased threat but research tools show that looking after them will lower temperatures, prevent flooding and reduce pollution

Standing proud at the intersection of Queen and Little Bourke streets in Melbourne’s central business district is one of the city’s beloved London plane trees. It’s in declining health and will probably need to be replaced in a decade or so. I know this not as an arborist, or even as a keen observer, but because the City of Melbourne has assiduously assessed, mapped and put online all of its more than 70,000 street and parkland trees.

“It’s quite extraordinary the amount of data that we have on our trees,” says a councillor, Cathy Oke, who chairs the city’s environment portfolio.

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We can climate-proof Australia, but we have to start now | Emma Herd

Our government spends 10 times more on disaster recovery than on prevention, but now it needs to think aheadTalk to any investor these days about climate and energy policy, and the level of frustration is evident. Current policy paralysis has stalled i…

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While governments dither, companies step up with environmental targets

Businesses and cities are taking up the slack left by government policy, aligning environmental goals with climate scienceEach year, Investa Office Management releases its corporate sustainability report. In 2016, it announced that electricity use was …

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