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Live. . No time to waste -

cutting carbon gets a hurry-up

from the Climate Commission. We

need to make decisions now that

lead us on that pathway toward a decarbonised a decarbonised economy. 10

years on, former Ansett workers about

about to get some

today, a lot of people owe money to their families. Another Iceland

volcano casts a pall over European air travel. And it's a

bit of a disaster for the man

who predicted the end of the

world. We're still here! The

warning on those signs is still valid. Judgment valid. Judgment Day is coming. Hello and welcome to ABC News

across Australia. I'm Ros

Childs. The local share market

is sliding. Among the worries

today, the US economy and

European debt:

More finance later in the

bulletin. The Prime Minister

has been given more ammunition has been given more ammunition

in her campaign for a carbon

tax. Another scientific panel

is warning that the case for global

global warming is exceptionally

strong and beyond doubt. The

Government says the Climate the need for a carbon tax to emissions. From Canberra, reduce greenhouse gas

political reporter Bronwyn Herbert. It's called 'The

Critical Decade', a scientific

call to arms to cut

call to arms to cut emissions

immediately It really focuses

on the rest of Australia for

not getting something done on

climate change. The Climate Commission says the longer it's

left, the more costly it will

be, and has delivered its first report to the Prime

Minister. Thank you very much.

work done by all. Now, please Well, that looks

grab a seat and we can have a chat about it. The report

highlights the political

process as a key obstacle action and nothings that changed. Good credential

science telling us our climate

is changing and what the

effects of it are - of course

we've got to act on it and the cheapest and most efficient way

of acting on it is to price

carbon. They are scientists

who say that at some stage it's

inevitable that we're going to be hit by an asteroid. Does

taking action against that mean that we should be

that? This whole debate that? This whole debate has

been characterised by, "Oh, look what's going to happen to

the old economy." It should

be, "Oh, wow, look what can

happen with the new economy."

We do not accept that you must

destroy Australian industry and

destroy Australian jobs to

reduce your emissions. There

are good ways, it's using

technology, it's using science,

it's using they do elsewhere in the

world. We are not going to

change the climate from this

building. We can make people

poorer, we can definitely do

that, we can make lives more difficult, but we

are not going to change the

temperature of the globe, we

are not going to affect the

temperature of the globe. The

climate report says there is

change even if it's not scientific consensus on climate

registering with climate

skeptics or sections of the skeptics or sections of the

media, but the commission's

work has done nothing to drive

consensus on a carbon tax

remains as divisive and toxic as ever. The Climate

Commission's report is an

scientific update on the latest global

scientific evidence. The key

points include a need for mission - need for emissions to

stabilise by 2015 and then

strongly decline. It highlights strongly decline. It highlights

key action which include a need

to decarbonise the economy and

move to clean energy sources by 2050 and it warns that

Australia is already seeing

impacts of climate change. For

impacts more clearly. We're Australia, we're seeing the

seeing the sea level rise that

was predicted. We're seeing the

rainfall decrease particularly

in the south-west of Western

the Great Barrier Reef. The Australia. And the impacts on

commission is commission is also concerned

that climate science is being

attacked by many with no cred

deckses and there is no time

for climate change naysayers

with the commission warning

that key decisions need to be made

Will Steffen is the report's

author and he joins me now from

Canberra. Will Steffen, the

Climate Commission's report has two main messages - the risks

been clearer from climate change have never

been clearer and the case for action has never been more

urgent. We've heard these

messages and the warnings

before. How do you plan to get

your point as cross so that

they can have an impact? How

will you sell it? I think,

first of all, the role of the

commission is to provide ah Tai tiff, clear, bipartisan information on climate change.

So I think we've had a lot of

confusion in the public debate,

a lot of a lot of misinformation about

what the climate science is

actually saying, and what we

can and should do about it, so

we hope this report cuts

through some of that confusion

and provides a sounder

science-based set of knowledge

on which we can build toward future action on climate. As

you say in the report, you do

talk about the damage uninformed opinion

the fight against climate

change. Why haven't you change. Why haven't you managed

to convince the public and some politicians that climate change is real, it 's upon us and it's

going to get worse? Do going to get worse? Do you need to make a bigger effort to do

that? Well, I think part of the

effort is to make the science

clear, but there are also known

science issues. People's world

perspectives and so on which

colour how change as an colour how they view climate

other types of research and other types of science to deal

with those issues. We in the

science community certainly

want to play our role in making the knowledge we

climate system, how and why

it's changed and what risks it

entails - we want to make entails - we want to make that

message as clear as we possibly

can to provide a foundation for

informed debate around the

country. Is it a case for many, "Yes, let's "Yes, let's act but don't

expect me to pay for what needs

to be done." there is a lot of confusion on

what course of action that

needs to be taken. What we're

hoping to clear up with this

report is that the report is that the costs of not

taking action is very, very

large indeed. In fact, every

economic analysis I've seen say

the cost of not taking action

certainly for our kids and grandkid also be much larger

than the costs of taking

action. I think we need to get both sides that have into the

narrative. That hasn't been the

case up until now. What sort of climate and environment can expect our kids and our

grandkids to inherit if nothing is

is done, or the wrong decisions

are made now? If we have in

effective action around the

world and we don't get our act

together and don't get

emissions down, we're looking

for a world of 4 degrees for a world of 4 degrees or

more towards the end of this

century. A far stormier world,

sea level will continue to rise

for centuries into the future,

heatwave also be far more

common. Other heat or

temperature-related events like bushfires will on. The science is pretty clear

F you put a lot more energy at

the centre of the Earth, you

will see the climate respond in these directions. We are understanding the risks a understanding the risks a lot

better than we did 10 years

ago. It won't be a world we

would wish on our would wish on our grandkids,

that's for sure. Will Steffen, thank you. The Queensland

Government has been death

another blow. The Galaxy poll

show the Opposition extending

its lead over Labor on a

two-party preferred basis. Anna Bligh's Government results in last week's

Newspoll. I think we're in for

a big contest in the election in

in 2012. I look forward to that contest. Queenslanders deserve

a contest. Queensland is worth

fighting for. The Premier opened the flood-damaged

Milperra State zool in Brisbane

this morning, the last of 212

schools to open after natural

disasters. A person has died

and another rescued from a house fire on Queensland's

Darling Downs. The blaze broke

out in the home at this morning. Firefighters this morning. Firefighters

pulled a 35-year-old man out of

the house. They searched for

another person trapped inside,

but were unable to save

Investigations into cause are

under way. The US President is

trying to cool the angry

reaction to his attempts to

restart Middle East peace

negotiations. Barack Obama's

call for talks based on the

1967 borders has been widely criticised, but criticised, but he has told

America's pro Israeli lobby he was misrepresented. Washington

correspondent Craig McMurtrie reports. Thousands crammed in

for the annual gathering of America's pro Israeli lobby.

Despite being publiclied

rebuffed by the Netanyahu in et

in the Oval Office, there was

warm applause for the US

leader While we may at times disagree, disagree, as sometimes friends will, the bond between the

United States and Israel are

unbreakable. As his unbreakable. As his advisers looked on, Barack Obama told the that his position on 1967

borders had been misrepresented, highlighting

the importance of land swaps in

any agreed outcome. Israelis

and Palestinians will negotiate

a border that is different than

the one that existed on the one that existed on June

4th, 1967. That's what mutually agreed-upon swaps means. A

scattering of booing was

drowned out by applause as the US President said all done was to say publicly what

has long been acknowledged in

private. I know that some of

you will disagree with this assessment, I respect that. The applause was much louder when

he called the agreement between

Fatah and Hamas an obstacle to

peace, and when he criticised a

Palestinian push for UN

recognition. But he warned the

pro Israeli gathering that

there is growing impatience

with the peace process and the

Arab world is changing too

quickly to wait. I believe that the current situation

Middle East does not allow for

procrastination. I also believe

that real friends talk openly

and honestly with and honestly with one another. The uprisings across the

the Middle East are expected to dominate talks during Barack

Obama's four-country visit to

Europe this week, including a speech to both houses of

Parliament in London, and a G8

summit in France. The elusive Canadian Malick has taken out one of the

Movie World's most coveted

gongs for his portrait after a

1950s Tex an family. 'The Tree

of Life' one the Palme d'Or Des spied being devieded by some

critics as being pro ten tus -

despite being derided by some critics as being pro tennious. Kirsten Dunst took

best actress for her role in 'Melancholia', capping a 'Melancholia', capping a

turbulent week for her. movie's Danish director Lars

Von Trier was banished from the

event for expressing sympathy

for Hitler. Jean Dujardin won

best actor for 'The Artist' the prize for best director went to Nicolas Winding Refn for his work on Drive. It's

happening again - a volcanic

eruption has shut down the airspace around Iceland and is threatening to discorrupt travel across Europe in the

coming days. coming days. It's just a little

over a year since a different

volcano caused chaos at airport as cross Alberici reports. It's a sight

that has struck fear into the

hearts of locals around

Grimsvotn, the plume of ash

that shot 20km into the skies above

above Iceland blanketed the

towns below, turning day into

night. Locals have been told to wear masks and to get

themselves and their livestock indoors. The eruption is quite

a bit larger than the latest

eruptions - the latest

ash will be widely distributed,

which was not the case with the earlier eruptions. The

Grimsvotn volcano is the most

active in Iceland, but this is

the biggest eruption since

1873. So far the no-fly zone

has been declared for just 220km in all directions.

Forecasters hope that the high

density of the ash might make

it less likely to move too far or too or too fast. Last year's

eruption at a volcano further

south of Iceland closed

Heathrow and virtually every

other northern European airport

for six days, throwing the

travel plans of 10 million

people across the world into

chaos, but analysts say authorities understand a lot

more now than they did

then. Most of the time, most of

the flights that were grounded

didn't really need to be. Now

we know what levels are permissible and what levels aren't, and now Europe is

actually talking to - you know,

the European aviation agencies

are actually set up to talk to

each other. Some experts say

effects might be felt in

Scotland as early as tomorrow.

30 suicides, 17,000 jobs

lost, 750 million dollars in entitlements in the balance - of Ansett Australia 10 years

ago was a massive blow to the

airline industry. Now at last Ansett employees are set to

receive all final payments, questions of profiteering and

responsibility remain. From heady years to emotional drama

almost overnight - the sudden collapse of an Australia

carrier, thousands of stranded passengers and around passengers and around 17,000

bewildered staff members

suddenly without jobs. Air New

Zealand had bought the already

ailing airline just 18 months

before, so its crash, announced in the middle of the night,

caught most by surprise. Former

customer services Clark Dennis

Bell saw the last plane arrive

into Brisbane. We simply

brought all the folks off and

took the bags off, locked the

aeroplane up, and locked aeroplane up, and locked the

terminal up and everyone went

home. It was a similar story across the country. Former

leading hand David Lupton been with Ansett 27

years. People thought, "Well,

this is a joke. How can we be

going bad?" Then one day they

just locked the doors. The end of the of the airline, but not the end

of the story. Staff were of the story. Staff were still

owed more than $750 million in entitlements. It's been a long

time coming, but finally the administrators KordaMentha say

they've now sold all of

Ansett's assets and will provide final payments in about

three months. That's on top of

which are expected next month.

In the end, staff will receive close

close to 95% of their

entitlements. If you take as entitlements. If you take as an

analogy One.Tel and HIH, if you

look at the way those folks were treated during the

collapse of those companies, I

think that what KordaMentha and the unions have done has been a

wonderful thing for the Ansett

people. Closure for some, but

all too late for those former Ansett employees who took their own lives bear emotional scars. Even

today a lot of people owe money

to their families. They just

can't pay it back because they

never got back on their feet never got back on their feet

again. Initial anger at the owners Air New Zealand has not subsided. Niergt has

accusations the Howard

Government profiteered from the

$10 ticket tax it added to

flight prices. The profit was

made by the Howard years should

be paid to those employees that

the profit is supposed to have served. Which means the chapter of the Ansett story may

be yet to be written.

be yet to be written. It was

called fashion road kill and likened to a cat flap, but two children's charities have had

the last laugh about that hat.

The hat is the one that Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice wore to the William and Kate wedding.

Someone, and there were more

than 100 bidders, has paid more

than $123,000 for the royal show-stopper . going to UNICEF going to UNICEF and Children in

Crisis. Princess Beatrice

wishes the new owner will have

as much fun with it as she did. Time for a check of the

markets with Michael Janda.

Markets posting yet another day

of solid losses. What's driving

that? A Wall Street fall on

Friday didn't help, but really

when it comes down to worries,

it's about Europe's debt it's about Europe's debt crisis

worsening and that will dent

global growth. Ordinaries index has slipped 70

points to 4738 and the ASX200

is also down more than 1.5% to 4658. And which sectors are

suffering today? Well, Ros,

every sector is down. 174 of

the top 200 companies have

fallen this morning. Banking

stocks have had stocks have had the biggest

slide. Westpac is off more than

2.5% and ANZ has also taken a

similar hit. The major miners have also lost Billiton is off 58 cents at

$43.47 and Rio Tinto has lost

almost 1.5% to just over $79 .

Michael, the Michael, the agricultural

services company Elders has had

some bad news for the market. What was

What was that? Well , not the first bad news from the

company. It has rorted company. It has rorted a $14.6

million loss to the six months

to March, all those that's not as bad last year's $166

first-half profit. The company has halved its full-year profit

guidance to just over $7.5

million and that has seen its shares down 7% to 46

cents. Action on the online

retail front? Yes, James Packer

retail front? Yes, James Packer

has joined with Seek boss

Andrew Bass set for Catch of

the Day. The investment from

James Packer values the firm at

$200 million but while unlisted

online shopping firms are attracting money, retailers are shedding value

today. Harvey morm Nan is down

1.5% and Myer is down 4 cents to $2.85. Only two stocks are

making any headway at all on

the ASX top 1 Huynh: The Street and traders are likely

to be guided by fresh figures

on economic growth, new home

sales and consumer spending and

among the big companies reporting profits are Campbell

soup, Heinz and Costco. At the

close of trade last week:

It's 200 years today since

the first map of Australia's coastline was published. Matthew Flinders was the

Englishman who first

circumnavigated the country, but the first published map was

produced by French Nicolas Baudin. The pair actually crossed paths during

their long voyage around the coast meeting

coast meeting in encounter Bay

near Victor Harbor in South Australia. Australia. Both maps are part

of an exhibition beginning at the State Library the State Library of New South Wales the curator. The French map was

published in 1811, published

before Matthew Flinders' map,

that was published in 1814,

it was primarily because

Matthew Flinders had been

detained in Mauritius on his

way home. The English and the

French had started up warring

again, and Matthew Flinders

unfortunately had a rocky

relationship with the Governor

of Mauritius as well, so he

ended up being detained in

Mauritius for six and a half years and in that time the

French managed to publish their

maps and charts of

Australia. Well, both maps show

the very familiar coastline of

the country, the country, but are there any big differences in the detail

of the maps? Yes, the French

maps have beautiful cartouche which are artworks in the

corners of the maps and they

show Australian scenes and

Australian animals. The English

maps are perhaps a bit more pragmatic, pragmatic, perhaps a bit more

detailed, but plain, and the

French maps are fascinating to

look at because of the French

names that are particularly along the southern coastline of along the southern coastline of present-day Victoria and South

Australia. The French named all

of these coastline and the bays

with French names and in

particular the coastline of

South Australia is called terra

Napoleon, and the gulf of St Vincent and

called gulf Napoleon and gulf Josephine, so a Josephine, so a really

fascinating map when you stare

closecly at it. When the met each other in encounter

Bay, tensions must have been

high, not just because they

were trying to do the same

thing, but also it all happened

against a background of

conflict between the two

countries, so it must have been an uncomfortable meeting.? It

was surprisingly cordial. He each report I suppose the

surprise when they were ago long and they recognised

another European ship in the

area, but it was very cordial

despite the despite the political goings-hon in the Northern

Hemisphere between Britain and

France. The two captains, Baudi

initials and Flinders met and

discussed in detail their

scientific expedition, their charting, so really two captains discussing their passion and love for exploration, so it actually Edmonds, thank you You're

welcome. A quick look at other

stories makes news around the

world. Four people have died in

a militant attack on a militant attack on a military base in Pakistan. Loud

explosions and gunfire could be

heard coming from the naval

aviation base in the city of Karachi. Thai police say

Karachi. Thai police say they've arrested a major player

in a tying trafficking wing

that may have smuggled as many

as a thousand animals in the past 10 years. 49-year-old

Sudjai Chantawong was arrested on

on the weekend after a

year-long search. They now hope

they can catch

and shut down the entire network. And a train believed network. And a train believed

to be carrying North Korean

leader Kim Jong-il has

leader Kim Jong-il has arrived

in the eastern Chinese city of

Yangzhou. China's Premier said

Kim's trip would offer the opportunity to understand

China's development and it in North Korea. Lleyton

Hewitt was a last machine minute withdrawal with an ankle

injury, but Australia's best female player Samantha Stosur is safely

is safely through to the second

round of the French Open at round of the French Open at

Roland Garros. On an opening

day without major upsets, two

other Australians, Casey

Dellacqua and Jelena Dokic, bow

out, while Stosur won in

straight sets. She took just

over an hour to defeat the Czech

Czech Republic's Iveta Benesova. The 27-year-old

Stosur is aiming to become the

first Australian woman since

198 o 020 win a Grand Slam single's title. COMMENTATOR: David Taylor,

the coach is pretty happy with

that one, and he should be. The

6-2, 6-3 puts Stosur into a second-round clash with world No. 67

Halep. He didn't start from pole position but it made little difference to Sebastien

Vettel in the Spanish Grand

Prix. He took out the event and extended his lead in the

Formula One championship. Encased in metal,

the mind of a matador - well,

Fernando Alonso wanted to give

his Spanish fans a bit of excitement in Barcelona,

targeting two red bulls noo.

The lead at the start, it was thrilling and quickly irrelevant. Alonso was overtaken as pit stops unfolded and

Sebastien Vettel took the lead,

as usual. Somewhere in the

midst of the engineering amass,

there is still the there is still the thrill of the chase and suddenly there

was Lewis Hamilton closing in with 12 lapts left. Vettel's

Red Bull team were worried and they let the driver know Come

on, try to shake him off. He

couldn't shake him off, but he kept ahead. Just

between them as they cross the line Yabba-dab ba-doo!. Well, quite. Jenson Button was

in third. Between Vettel and

Hamilton, respect You were

coming, coming, coming. It was

close, but in the championship,

Vettel may soon be out Vettel may soon be out of sight. The American preacher who predicted the end of the

world on the weekend is mystified. Harold Camping

hasn't ventured back into

media, but his wife says he is

a little bewildered that

Judgment Day didn't start with a giant

that swept non-believers to their deaths and saw God's

chosen few ascend to heaven.

One of his followers was also

stuck for explanation as he saw the non-event unfold in Times Square This is the year. All

the calculations indicate this

is the year. It's locked in for

2011 so I don't understand why nothing has happened. Robert Fitzpatrick had spent $140,000,

almost everything he had, bill - on billboards warning of

the apocalypse. He says he will

leave them up because one day

he will be right. They have been a tourist drawcard for

generations and now they're

under threat. The race is on to

find out why the little penguin

population south of Adelaide

population south of Adelaide is decreasing. Numbers have

plunged so dramatically biggest fear is that the bird

may not survive. It really is -

as I say, it is our heart and we don't want to see huh little penguin penguin goes. It's important.

As I said, it's part of icon, tourism, part of Victor

Harbor. More than 2,000 ling

ping wins on the island a

decade ago, but a census last

year shows only 46 We're not

sure what's happening with the drop in drop in the number. What's what the resources management board

wants to find out We know there

has been an increase in animals

who prey. We know that chicks have been taken by rats. He

Colgists will use camera surveillance and volunteers. A pathologist will also examine

Peng win carcasses to determine

the cause of death. It's hoped

this new plan could eventually lead to the little penguins as

being listed at vulnerable both

on a State and Federal level

and that could help secure more source resources to protect the

birds I grew up wandering

around Granite Island and I

would really like my kids to go and see these ping wins. The

board is expected to final ayes

action within days. To the

weather now and satellite shows

thick cloud crossing southern New South Wales in a trough,

cloud over Victoria and

Tasmania in a low and brisk south westerlies. south westerlies. A colder change from southern Queensland

to Tasmania. South westerlies

ahead of another front will be

strong, cold and showery in

South Australia. Southerlies

will cause showers near the

south-west coast as a high

keeps the west dry. Around the capitals:

A final check of the

markets:

That's the news for now.

There is continuous news on ABC

News 24 and also news online.

Our next full bulletin on ABC1

is at 7 o'clock this evening.

I'm Ros Childs. Have a great

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