Morning all! It’s the morning news hour and we’re keeping you in touch with everything you need to hear. Rick’s back on deck for the news this morning:
That’s a frightening statistic as hope fades in the Horn of Africa. The famine is spreading faster than aid agencies can handle. The number of people affected by the famine has blown out from 10 million just weeks ago to the more accurate estimate of 12 million today. 1.2 million children need urgent assistance. If you’d like further information, including agencies to contact to donate, follow the link to MM’s cheat sheet on what’s happening.
It was originally meant to cover 1000 of the nation’s top polluters, and then 500 but the head of the Climate Change Department has told an inquiry into the carbon tax that it will cover ‘more like 400’ due to differing definitions over fuel polluters. The tax will be paid by organisations that pump more than 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year into the atmosphere, but not those who are exempt like the petrol industries and agriculture.