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Stories for Tuesday, 23 September 2014
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UN climate summit: where does Australia stand on the world stage?   
Produced by Melissa Lahoud

New York has seen the largest climate change protest in history this weekend, as world leaders gather for a UN summit there. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has arranged the meeting so an agreement on carbon emissions can be reached next year.

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The Government of Western Australia closes remote country town   
Produced by Ben Nielsen

Oombulgurri, a remote town in the eastern corner of Western Australia, has had a colourful history: the infamous Forrest River massacre, a coronial inquiry in 2007, and the police task force “Operation Sheepshank”.

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CSIRO expert warns about our dangerous love of plastic   
Produced by Emma Rennie

By the year 2050, 95 per cent of sea birds will have plastic in their stomachs, according to a study by the CSIRO. The three-year national marine debris research project has found an enormous amount of plastic around the coastline and oceans of Australia, and CSIRO senior research scientist Dr Britta Denise Hardesty warns this will be very bad for Australia's marine environment.

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Superannuation - money or morality   
Produced by Roderick Chambers

Ethical investing is moving into Superannuation with a number of groups pushing for super funds to divest particular classes of investments, for example in fossil fuel based resources. How easy is this for funds that have already strict financial guidelines from APRA? APRA won't say, but 350.org is very pleased with moves from UniSuper and Hesta against coal based equities.

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Australia MIA in the war against Ebola   
Produced by Josh Nicholas

While Australia has committed troops and hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, we are lagging in the Ebola crisis. There are few Australians on the ground in West Africa, and only a few million has been set aside for select charities to fight the scourge. The latest figures have over five thousand, three hundred people infected with the disease. And many estimate this number will increase tenfold before it is contained. From Australia, West Africa’s Ebola crisis may seem like a world away, but some experts think we need to place more emphasis on fighting it.

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