*** Caution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers: this article contains names and images of people who have passed ***
Introduction by Croakey: This week we’ve had more catastrophic news on climate, but don’t spend too much time looking for front page headlines…it’s been *cricket(s)!
The media (and others) are also under fire this week on COVID coverage, and we feature news from abroad, devastating coronial findings at home, much public health news, and what’s coming up in the coming days.
This is the single greatest threat bearing down upon the lives and livelihoods of you, your children and all future generations. Why this isn’t the biggest political issue of today and every day is beyond me.”
Climate crisis mounts
Monday, 3 July 2023, was the hottest day ever recorded globally, according to data from the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction.
The Guardian reported that the average global temperature reached 17.01C (62.62F), surpassing the August 2016 record of 16.92C (62.46F), as heatwaves sizzled around the world, notably in southern United States, parts of China, North Africa and in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, the World Meteorological Organisation announced today that El Niño conditions have developed in the tropical Pacific for the first time in seven years, “setting the stage for a likely surge in global temperatures and disruptive weather and climate patterns”.
Serious systemic failure
From Guardian Australia: A Queensland coroner has ruled institutional racism and a lack of cultural competency from health services contributed to the deaths of three Aboriginal women in the remote Indigenous community of Doomadgee, in northwest Queensland.
Read: Coroners Court of Queensland: Findings of inquest into the deaths of Yvette Michelle Wilma Booth, Adele Estelle Sandy and Shakaya George.
War and other conflicts
Public health round-up