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2015 hottest year on record

Last year’s global average temperature was the hottest ever by the widest margin on record, two U.

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S. government agencies said on Wednesday, adding to pressure for deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts scientists say are needed to arrest warming that is disrupting the global climate.

Data from the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that in 2015 the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 Celsius) above the 20th century average, surpassing 2014’s previous record by 0.29 F (0.16 C).

Scientists at the United Kingdom’s Met Office and East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit also published data on Wednesday confirming the U.S. agencies findings.

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This was the fourth time a global temperature record has been set this century, the agencies said in a summary of their annual report.

“2015 was remarkable even in the context of the larger, long-term warming trend,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The sharp increase in 2015 was driven in part by El Niño, a natural weather cycle in the Pacific that warms the ocean surface every two to seven years. But scientists say human activities – notably burning fossil fuels – were the main driver behind the rise.

“The 2015 data continues the pattern we’ve seen over the last four to five decades,” said Thomas Karl, director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

The latest El Niño started in late 2015 and will last until spring 2016. It is among the strongest ever recorded but Schmidt and others say the weather phenomenon played just a supporting role in the earth’s temperature rise.

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The 2015 data underscores the urgency of cutting greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to hold temperature increases to well below 2 degrees C, the target agreed to by more than 190 countries at climate talks in Paris last December, scientists said.

With the global mean surface temperature in 2015 more than 1 degree C above late-19th century levels, the world is now halfway to the U.N. target, which would require stronger greenhouse gas emissions cuts.

“This announcement should put pressure on governments to urgently implement their commitments to act against climate change, and to increase the strength of their planned cuts in annual emissions of greenhouse gases,” said Bob Ward, policy director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in London.

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In the United States, some Republican lawmaker and those skeptical of human-caused climate change have pointed to a slowdown in temperature rise after the last powerful El Niño in 1998 as a sign that climate change is not a serious problem.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said in December at a hearing on climate change science that there had been no significant global warming for the past 18 years.

NOAA’s Karl said that with two back-to-back years of record warming, likely to be followed with a third next year, any doubts that have been raised by skeptical lawmakers about a pause in global warming can be put to rest.

“There is no sign of a pause and slowing,” Karl told reporters Wednesday, adding that it is a safe bet that 2016 will break the 2015 record given the long-term trend and the impact of El Niño in the first quarter of the year.

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Delay in Flint water response ‘inexplicable and inexcusable’: Obama

Blame is swirling after a switch in the water supply to the financially strapped city of 100,000 north of Detroit led to elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

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“What is inexplicable and inexcusable is once people figured out that there was a problem there and that there was lead in the water, the notion that immediately families weren’t notified, things weren’t shut down,” Obama said in an interview with CBS.

       

“If I were a parent up there, I would be beside myself that my kid’s health could be at risk,” Obama said after touring a car show in nearby Detroit.

      

Facing protests, lawsuits and calls for his resignation, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, apologised to the city’s residents on Tuesday and called for the state to spend US$28 million on fixes. The Michigan House quickly approved Snyder’s funding request on Wednesday.

      

The US Environmental Protection Agency, while saying it was reviewing its handling of the crisis and could have acted faster to inform the state of what measures it should take, also blamed the state on Tuesday. It said the agency’s oversight was hampered by “failures and resistance at the state and local levels.”

     

Flint, under a state-appointed emergency manager, switched to Flint River water in April 2014 from the Lake Huron supply that Detroit uses to save money.

      

Complaints about the water began within a month of the move.  But Flint did not return to Detroit water until October 2015 after tests showed elevated levels of lead, which can cause brain damage and other health problems, in Flint tap water and in some children. Corrosive water from the river, known locally as a dumping ground, caused more lead to leach from Flint pipes than Detroit water did.

      

“This is something nobody should have to deal with. Everybody should have clean water,” Flint Mayor Karen Weaver told a conference in Washington.

     

“They need to be much more aggressive in what’s going on with Flint,” Weaver said later on CNN about the EPA’s response.

       

In a speech on Tuesday, Snyder said federal, state and local leaders had failed residents. He asked Michigan lawmakers to authorise spending on diagnostic tests, health treatment for children and adolescents, replacement of old fixtures in Flint schools and day care centers and a study of the city’s water pipes.

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Snyder, who has faced questions about how quickly he acted after learning about the water contamination, released 274 pages of Flint-related emails from 2014 and 2015 on Wednesday, ranging from press releases to staff memos and planning notes.

       

The governor’s then chief of staff told Snyder in a Sept. 26 email, “We can’t tolerate increased lead levels in any event, but it’s really the city’s water system that needs to deal with it. We’re throwing as much assistance as possible at the lead problem … The residents and particularly the poor need help to deal with it.”

      

Also on Wednesday, Snyder appealed Obama’s denial over the weekend of a federal major disaster declaration saying Flint faces a long-term threat and that such an order could bring additional help. On the same day Obama rejected the disaster declaration, he signed an emergency order for Flint.

       

A group of bipartisan lawmakers including Michigan Republican Fred Upton, of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote last week to EPA head Gina McCarthy, requesting a briefing about Flint. That briefing to congressional staffers was scheduled for Thursday.

       

The House committee letter mentioned reports that said people in Flint have been exposed to dangerous biological pathogens and chemicals in the drinking water. Although Flint has now switched back to Detroit’s water system, lead levels in the city’s water are still elevated.

       

Separately, Representative Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Flint, said in an interview the $28 million sought by Snyder will not be enough to address Flint’s long-term problems – including aiding as many as 9,000 children who may have suffered lead poisoning.

       

“These kids are going to need help for a long time,” Kildee said. Snyder and the legislature need to “step up” and provide funding for long-term efforts beyond fixing the water system.

      

Kildee said the EPA may bear some blame for not blowing the whistle publicly earlier, but the state bears most of the responsibility.

      

Several lawsuits have been filed in the case. The latest on Tuesday asked a judge to stop Flint from issuing shutoff notices to residents who are still receiving bills for water declared undrinkable.

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Australians warned about Mexico travel

The US government has updated a travel warning for Mexico after two Australian surfers and more than 100 Americans were murdered in the past year.

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Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas, both 33 and from Perth, were driving along the Benito Juarez Highway in the early hours of November 21 in crime-ridden Sinaloa state, home to recently captured drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Sinaloa authorities said bandits dressed in fake police uniforms pulled the Australians over and when Mr Coleman resisted he was shot in the face, but survived.

The pair was then allegedly held at gunpoint, driven to a deserted farming area, murdered and their bodies and van torched.

The US State Department’s updated advisory includes details of restrictions placed on the travel of US government personnel in Mexico.

Last year 103 Americans were murdered in Mexico.

“US citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organised criminal groups in various Mexican states,” the State Department warns.

For the west coast state of Sinaloa, the US government advises non-essential travel should be deferred except for the cities of Mazatlan, Los Mochis and the Port of Topolobampo “where you should exercise caution”.

“One of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organisations is based in the state of Sinaloa, and violent crime rates remain high in many parts of the state,” the US advisory states.

The Australian government, in its latest Mexico travel update on January 15, advises “Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Mexico”.

“The level of this advice has not changed,” it states.

“Travellers should be aware of risk of violent crime and from instances of civil unrest when travelling by road in rural areas.”

Three men, who Sinaloa prosecutors said were “part of a criminal group”, were arrested two weeks after Mr Coleman and Mr Lucas were murdered.

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Woodside expected to cut dividend

Woodside Petroleum shareholders are bracing for a big cut to their dividends after the energy giant flagged up to $US1.

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2 billion in writedowns due to the slump in oil prices.

The company has lowered its short and long term price assumptions as oil prices slide to 13-year lows, meaning Woodside expects to take an impairment charge of between $US1 billion ($A1.45 billion) and $US1.2 billion ($A1.74 billion) against its asset values.

That is expected to slash its 2015 net profit by between $US700 million and $US850 million when the oil and gas producer releases financial results in February.

Woodside made a net profit of $US2.4 billion in 2014.

Analysts say the damage caused by plunging prices will push dividends lower and could also affect the development timeline of Woodside’s key growth project, Browse, in north Western Australia.

US crude touched a low of $US26.30 overnight after the International Energy Agency warned the market could “drown in oversupply”.

Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman remains upbeat, saying the company is now seeing the benefits of its work to boost productivity.

“The recent significant fall in oil and gas prices has highlighted the quality of our low cost production and approach to balance sheet risk management,” he said.

Fat Prophets Resources analyst David Lennox said the large writedowns were to be expected given weak oil prices.

“Woodside’s net profit will definitely be lower so one would expect that their dividend would be lower,” he said.

Woodside has previously maintained an 80 per cent dividend payout ratio.

Mr Lennox said if Woodside and its Browse partners decide to rationalise capital in the low oil price environment, they would need to consider delaying a final investment decision on the project.

“Because that project has a long lead time they may just put it on the backburner for a little while,” Mr Lennox said.

Mr Coleman said cost savings are being delivered in the front-end engineering and design phase of Browse, and the project remains on track for a final investment decision in the second half of 2016.

Woodside said its 2015 sales revenue dropped more than a third to $US4.5 billion ($A6.53 billion), due to lower oil and gas prices.

Revenue for the December quarter fell by a similar amount to $US1.1 billion, compared to the previous corresponding period.

Woodside shares dropped 39 cents to $25.00.

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Woodside expected to cut dividend

Woodside Petroleum shareholders are bracing for a big cut to their dividends after the energy giant flagged up to $US1.

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2 billion in writedowns due to the slump in oil prices.

The company has lowered its short and long term price assumptions as oil prices slide to 13-year lows, meaning Woodside expects to take an impairment charge of between $US1 billion ($A1.45 billion) and $US1.2 billion ($A1.74 billion) against its asset values.

That is expected to slash its 2015 net profit by between $US700 million and $US850 million when the oil and gas producer releases financial results in February.

Woodside made a net profit of $US2.4 billion in 2014.

Analysts say the damage caused by plunging prices will push dividends lower and could also affect the development timeline of Woodside’s key growth project, Browse, in north Western Australia.

US crude touched a low of $US26.30 overnight after the International Energy Agency warned the market could “drown in oversupply”.

Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman remains upbeat, saying the company is now seeing the benefits of its work to boost productivity.

“The recent significant fall in oil and gas prices has highlighted the quality of our low cost production and approach to balance sheet risk management,” he said.

Fat Prophets Resources analyst David Lennox said the large writedowns were to be expected given weak oil prices.

“Woodside’s net profit will definitely be lower so one would expect that their dividend would be lower,” he said.

Woodside has previously maintained an 80 per cent dividend payout ratio.

Mr Lennox said if Woodside and its Browse partners decide to rationalise capital in the low oil price environment, they would need to consider delaying a final investment decision on the project.

“Because that project has a long lead time they may just put it on the backburner for a little while,” Mr Lennox said.

Mr Coleman said cost savings are being delivered in the front-end engineering and design phase of Browse, and the project remains on track for a final investment decision in the second half of 2016.

Woodside said its 2015 sales revenue dropped more than a third to $US4.5 billion ($A6.53 billion), due to lower oil and gas prices.

Revenue for the December quarter fell by a similar amount to $US1.1 billion, compared to the previous corresponding period.

Woodside shares dropped 39 cents to $25.00.

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Ivanovic shaken by Aussie Open patron fall

Ana Ivanovic was left shaken after a patron fell down a flight of stairs during her Australian Open win over Anastasija Sevastova on Thursday.

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Ivanovic was leading 4-3 in the first set when play was delayed for 26 minutes while the spectator received medical attention from a health professional in the crowd before a first aid team arrived.

The players remained on court for most of the delay but were headed for the locker room when they were advised to return as the fan was stretchered from the area.

Play resumed after a three-minute warm-up, with the world No.23 regaining her composure to advance to the third round with a 6-3 6-3 win over the Latvian qualifier.

“I felt really bad, I was actually shaking, because the sound of the lady falling was really loud … I stopped immediately,” Ivanovic said.

“Maybe it’s not a good tendency to think of the worst but it didn’t sound so good. I just hope the lady is fine.

“It was actually good to wait a little bit because I was really shaking.

“I could imagine that it was not so nice and then they told me that she was bleeding … I hope she’s well.”

The patron was stretchered from the stadium and taken to a first aid post for observation and further treatment.

The incident comes just two days after Bernard Tomic’s first-round match against Denis Istomin was delayed for 20 minutes while a woman received medical treatment in the crowd at Hisense Arena.

“It was something I’ve never experienced in a match, so it was very unfortunate,” Tomic said.

“It was a very difficult situation to be in … even the referee I spoke to said it never happened before.

“At one stage I was looking directly at the lady. It was not a good moment to be in for me. I felt very sad.”

The woman was later said to be okay.

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Australians warned about Mexico travel

The US government has updated a travel warning for Mexico after two Australian surfers and more than 100 Americans were murdered in the past year.

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Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas, both 33 and from Perth, were driving along the Benito Juarez Highway in the early hours of November 21 in crime-ridden Sinaloa state, home to recently captured drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Sinaloa authorities said bandits dressed in fake police uniforms pulled the Australians over and when Mr Coleman resisted he was shot in the face, but survived.

The pair was then allegedly held at gunpoint, driven to a deserted farming area, murdered and their bodies and van torched.

The US State Department’s updated advisory includes details of restrictions placed on the travel of US government personnel in Mexico.

Last year 103 Americans were murdered in Mexico.

“US citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organised criminal groups in various Mexican states,” the State Department warns.

For the west coast state of Sinaloa, the US government advises non-essential travel should be deferred except for the cities of Mazatlan, Los Mochis and the Port of Topolobampo “where you should exercise caution”.

“One of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organisations is based in the state of Sinaloa, and violent crime rates remain high in many parts of the state,” the US advisory states.

The Australian government, in its latest Mexico travel update on January 15, advises “Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Mexico”.

“The level of this advice has not changed,” it states.

“Travellers should be aware of risk of violent crime and from instances of civil unrest when travelling by road in rural areas.”

Three men, who Sinaloa prosecutors said were “part of a criminal group”, were arrested two weeks after Mr Coleman and Mr Lucas were murdered.

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Woodside expected to cut dividend

Woodside Petroleum shareholders are bracing for a big cut to their dividends after the energy giant flagged up to $US1.

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2 billion in writedowns due to the slump in oil prices.

The company has lowered its short and long term price assumptions as oil prices slide to 13-year lows, meaning Woodside expects to take an impairment charge of between $US1 billion ($A1.45 billion) and $US1.2 billion ($A1.74 billion) against its asset values.

That is expected to slash its 2015 net profit by between $US700 million and $US850 million when the oil and gas producer releases financial results in February.

Woodside made a net profit of $US2.4 billion in 2014.

Analysts say the damage caused by plunging prices will push dividends lower and could also affect the development timeline of Woodside’s key growth project, Browse, in north Western Australia.

US crude touched a low of $US26.30 overnight after the International Energy Agency warned the market could “drown in oversupply”.

Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman remains upbeat, saying the company is now seeing the benefits of its work to boost productivity.

“The recent significant fall in oil and gas prices has highlighted the quality of our low cost production and approach to balance sheet risk management,” he said.

Fat Prophets Resources analyst David Lennox said the large writedowns were to be expected given weak oil prices.

“Woodside’s net profit will definitely be lower so one would expect that their dividend would be lower,” he said.

Woodside has previously maintained an 80 per cent dividend payout ratio.

Mr Lennox said if Woodside and its Browse partners decide to rationalise capital in the low oil price environment, they would need to consider delaying a final investment decision on the project.

“Because that project has a long lead time they may just put it on the backburner for a little while,” Mr Lennox said.

Mr Coleman said cost savings are being delivered in the front-end engineering and design phase of Browse, and the project remains on track for a final investment decision in the second half of 2016.

Woodside said its 2015 sales revenue dropped more than a third to $US4.5 billion ($A6.53 billion), due to lower oil and gas prices.

Revenue for the December quarter fell by a similar amount to $US1.1 billion, compared to the previous corresponding period.

Woodside shares dropped 39 cents to $25.00.