VICTORIA'S 58 lifesaving clubs have each been given an extra $5000 to help them better protect swimmers this summer.
AUSTRALIA is set to record its third warmest year on record in 2009, and the planet its fifth, according to data collected by the World Meteorological Organisation.
A climate change sceptic uses discredited arguments and flawed science to support his stance. Heaven And Earth By Ian Plimer Connor Court, 504pp, $49.95
Despite the full gamut of smoke and mirrors, this denial of global warming is, at its worst, dangerous and, at its simplest, wrong, writes Chris Turney.
FIREFIGHTERS who used helicopters to water-bomb a blaze in Sydney's north yesterday will be anxiously watching the temperature today as it soars across much of the city.