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Sydney and much of Australia caught in a hot spell

Sydney's skyline after another above-average day for temperatures earlier this month.

May and autumn will come close to being a record warm ones for Sydney, the state and the rest of Australia as the giant El Nino added a hot overlay to temperatures that are rising in the background here and in most parts of the world.

Australia cut from UN climate report

Damselfish in a degraded habitat in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Turnbull government intervened to excise references to Australia in a United Nations report on the risk of climate change to sites including the Great Barrier Reef in a move dubbed by one of the report's reviewer as "disgusting".