Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.
In Tracks, Mia Wasikowska plays a young woman who decides to do what no woman has done before her: She will walk halfway across Australia, beginning in desolate Alice Springs and traversing 1,700 miles of desert and wasteland, walking to the ocean on the island continent's west coast.
For now it looks as though increased domestic oil and gas production has saved the recovery. Were it not for this impressive rise in output, the current mess in Iraq and Syria would likely have driven global oil prices up to $130-140 a barrel.
The role of adventurers in aviation was very much on my mind while reading Dick Smith's thrill-a-page book, The Earth Beneath Me, the story of his solo helicopter flight from Fort Worth, Texas to Sydney, Australia in 1982.
I just arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, after a few very pleasant days in Australia, which is just coming out of a pleasant winter and heading into an even more pleasant spring. Did I mention it's very pleasant there? It's a country where the people are as sunny as the weather. They're upbeat, social, outgoing, gregarious, eager to connect and engage. And yet they're not immune to some of the same darker trends confronting other countries. Australia may be geographically isolated from the rest of the world, but they're right in the middle with the rest of us in facing the roadblocks that keep us from living a healthy life -- from overwork and exhaustion to burnout and stress, all amplified by technology. And Australia has its own traditions and unique ways of getting around these roadblocks -- from a vibrant beach culture to the ancient Aboriginal concept of "Dreamtime."
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Australia is known to many people for its sunshine and sporting prowess. But every so often rain stops play. As G20 labor ministers gathered at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, a wall of torrential thunderstorms and flash flooding hit the city. And rain nearly stopped play.
The word glamorous can mean different thing to different people. Being someone who believes glamour is simply wearing makeup, I'm guessing that my definition of glamorous is pretty different than say Kim Kardashian.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 8, 2014 How unusua...
Nine-months Down Under, four caravanned road trips later, and I can earnestly say, that Australia's natural beauty is as extraordinary as its loving, interesting, fun-loving people.
If there is a lesson to be learned from the nine short films that blend to create the magnificent Words with Gods it is that organized religion is not the most direct way to communicate with our higher being.
There is no such thing as a typical Australian vacation. A land of infinite, mind-bending variety, the country offers something for every type of traveler, from adventurous spirits seeking Technicolor underwater odysseys to sybarites obsessively tracking the new generation of luxury lodges and spas.
I knew bars were referred to as hotels and no one actually drinks Foster's (I have yet to see a place where it's sold). But the Crocodile Dundee persona we've come to know and love has somehow prevailed despite more than 8 million residents spreading the good word abroad last year.
It was time to show ourselves and the outside world the real Logan City and encourage people to stand up and be proud to tell people that we are from Logan-- and not hiding by telling people that we are from "the south side of Brisbane."
Weird stuff happens here all the time. Sometimes we have dance parties. I have these lights that flash and stuff, and they play a lot of rap music.
It should seem that sharks are used to bad news by now. So perhaps there's no better a time than now for some good cheer. Indeed, a recent study from Brazil suggests promise in a humane, non-lethal, and impressively successful method to keep beaches clean of attacks -- without putting a bullet in anyone's brain.