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Victoria’s Code Red warning will be dropped in new national signage, after research showed it was considered “Americanised” and “fear-mongering.”

National fire warning overhaul highlights dangers

New national simplified fire warning signs will be rolled out ahead of summer, powered by new more accurate fire behaviour modelling developed by the Bureau of Meteorology.

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  • Tom Burton
Firefighters battle to control a wildfire near Landiras in southwestern France.

Europe battles wildfires as heatwave causes hundreds of deaths

More than 1000 fatalities have been attributed to the nearly week-long heatwave in Portugal and Spain.

  • Guillermo Martinez


Neara chief product officer Karamvir Singh, CEO Daniel Danilatos and chief commercial officer Jack Curtis say investors are valuing companies with a path to profitability more.

Farquhar’s Skip Capital leads $20m start-up raise

The Atlassian co-founder’s investment fund has backed critical infrastructure digital twin Neara as demand surges after a number of worsening natural disasters.

  • Yolanda Redrup
Henschke George 5th 2021; Henschke Mount Edelstone 2017; Henschke Hill of Grace 2017.

After fire devastation, Henschke unveils sensational new shirazes

Wine lovers are fortunate that grape growers are such a hardy lot, as these excellent South Australian vintages show.

  • Max Allen


An artist impression of the home designs for the Fortis project.

The home designs aiming to cut bushfire, flood damage

After recent flood and bushfire calamities devastated houses, a group including insurers, a council and a bushfire recovery organisation looked at better designs.

  • Liam Walsh
Liberal candidate for Gilmore, Andrew Constance (left), and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Morrison makes a play for Gilmore, but Black Summer memories linger

The Prime Minister headed to the NSW South Coast for day one of his campaign, where he faced questions about his handling of the Black Summer bushfires.

  • Michael Read


Catastrophic floods are among the risks Australia faces.

Is climate risk making Australia uninsurable?

Stronger building codes, improved land-use planning, and permanent physical mitigation measures are required to keep Australia insurable.

  • Agnes King


Homes burn as a wildfire rips through a development near Rock Creek Village, near Broomfield, Colorado.

Colorado fires hit up to 1000 homes, spread in blink of eye

Authorities suspect the grass fires were touched off by power lines that toppled in the 161-kilometre per-hour winds. No deaths have been reported.

  • Vincent Del Giudice and Joe Ryan

December 2021

ASIC reviewed almost 8800 claims following the devastating Black Summer bushfires.

Bushfires burn past some insurers’ rental payouts

An ASIC review of insurer claims handling following the Black Summer devastation found some pitfalls among good practices.

  • Liam Walsh

November 2021

NRMA Insurance’s ‘A Fire Inside’ initiative features haunting imagery from the Black Summer bushfires.

NRMA doco to share incredible stories of Black Summer fires

The IAG-backed insurer wants to mobilise Australians to join volunteer organisations to prepare and protect the country from future natural disasters.

  • Miranda Ward

September 2021

Bronwyn Adcock

‘Fire is to our south, west and north, the sea’s the only clear front’

In 2019, Australia was burning. In this extract from Bronwyn Adcock’s new book, she describes how she dealt with the physical and mental stresses.

  • Bronwyn Adcock

August 2021

A man watches the flames as wildfire approaches Kochyli beach near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometres north-east of Athens, Greece, late Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.

Thousands evacuated from island as fires choke Greece

Three large wildfires churned across Greece, cutting the island of Evia in half and and skirting ancient sites in ‘a biblical catastrophe’.

  • Marco Trujillo

July 2021

Firefighters in Plumas County, California. Firefighters in Plumas County, California. Heatwaves are bringing record temperatures to North America and even in Siberia.

The weather is changing faster than we think

The pace and scale of catastrophic damage caused by fires and floods around the world has been almost unimaginable, even for experts.

  • Leslie Hook, Christian Shepherd and Nastassia Astrasheuskaya

May 2021

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has announced a $250 million addition to the Building Better Regions Fund.

Government pledges $1.2b in 24 hours, budget yet to come

The government has rolled out more than $1.2 billion on three separate measures, including $600 million to establish an agency to co-ordinate disaster relief.

  • Phillip Coorey

April 2021

The ambitious (and expensive) plan to insure Australia’s flora

From little things, a big thing is growing – that is, a plan to preserve the country’s botanical treasures. But the challenge is how to pay for the project.

  • Luke Slattery

February 2021

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Watch Now: Innovation Summit livestream

The Australian Financial Review is pleased to present this special virtual edition of our Innovation Summit.

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WA Premier Mark McGowan’s response to Perth’s hotel quarantine virus case is being questioned.

Fire hell for Perth as McGowan stumbles on lockdown story

The Australian Medical Association blasted WA’s handling of hotel quarantine for returned travellers, as firefighters battled to control a huge blaze on Perth’s eastern doorstep.

  • Brad Thompson
Cottesloe Beach in Perth.

WA’s smug utopia shattered by virus

Perth’s virus-free utopia has been obliterated. For months we’ve been the smug state. Not any more.

  • Julie-anne Sprague
A firefighter battles the out of control blaze that has destroyed homes on Perth’s doorstep.

WA battles COVID, fires near Perth and wild weather in the Pilbara

Hundreds of firefighters are battling a blaze that has destroyed 71 homes on Perth’s outskirts, as iron ore mining giants count the cost of wild weather.

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  • Brad Thompson

January 2021

On New Year’s Eve 2019, people in Bermagui awoke at 7am to an alarming red sky from the South Coast bushfires.

Letter from Bermagui: Trauma eases as beauty returns to the coast

The spirit of the NSW Sapphire Coast has been strengthened by the 2019-20 bushfires even though the region is still recovering.

  • Andrew Clark