Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Meet the people who live like the 1970s never ended (ABC)
  • SA sticks to plastic straw ban despite opposition from disability sector (ABC)
  • Immigration Minister to take indefinite leave of absence (Sky News)
  • Australia’s military history is full of myths. Here are four (ABC)
  • Morrison government starts $100m recycling fund after ‘delay’ (SMH)
  • Digger donations: Billionaire Chau Chak Wing donating millions to Australian veterans (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • Conservative landslide at UK’s Brexit election; Trump’s ratings rise on strong US economy (The Conversation)
  • Johnson’s thumping win an electoral lesson in not just having policies, but knowing how to sell them (The Conversation)
  • I am 21 and lonely. This is why so many of my generation are feeling the same (ABC)
  • Is fragile masculinity the biggest obstacle to climate action? (ABC)
  • Faith column Dec 15 (SMH)
  • My country community wants practical talk not debates about climate (SMH)
  • Business

  • E-scooters — fast, cheap, more convenient than bike riding and illegal in most Australian states (ABC)
  • Two big tipping points in 2019 went largely unnoticed (SMH)
  • Why the Holden Commodore ran out of road (SMH)
  • Myer cash registers crash during peak Christmas shopping (ABC)
  • Sydney ‘front and centre’ of burgeoning co-living trend (SMH)
  • Sydney Light Rail ‘fail’ as trams come to a halt just hours after official opening (ABC)
  • World

  • Romania’s Klaus Iohannis wins 2020 Charlemagne Prize (Deutsche Welle)
  • Arsenal distances itself from Ozil comments on Uighurs’ treatment (Al Jazeera English)
  • In England’s north, UK’s Johnson visits ex-Labour strongholds that voted Tory (France 24)
  • Thousands of Thanathorn backers rally against Thai establishment (Al Jazeera English)
  • Thousands of pulsing ‘penis fish’ wash up on California beach (ABC)
  • ‘Sardines’ stage biggest anti-Salvini rally yet in Rome (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Can kitchen gardens combat climate change? (BBC News)
  • Opponents push Canadian government to update cost estimates for Trans Mountain pipeline (IEEFA)
  • If only saving the planet was as easy as planting a tree before speeding off in our SUVs | Catherine Bennett (The Guardian)
  • Energy major Iberdrola aiming for ‘virtually zero emissions’ in Europe by 2030 (IEEFA)
  • Australia’s biggest steel city targets net zero emissions by 2050 (Renew Economy)
  • Record-setting quarter pushes installed U.S. solar capacity to more than 71GW (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • European champions Saracens keep their quarter-final hopes alive (The Guardian)
  • Australia build huge lead in first Test against New Zealand (The Guardian)
  • Old habits die hard as Australia fail to ram home the advantage (SMH)
  • Robin Copeland’s late try gives Connacht dramatic win over Gloucester (The Guardian)
  • ‘They can execute it for a long period’ – Burns on New Zealand’s short-ball tactic (Cricinfo)
  • Mainz 0-4 Borussia Dortmund: Jadon Sancho scores for sixth game in row (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Tidal forces carry the mathematical signature of gravitational waves (MIT Tech Review)
  • 15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached (Wired)
  • There’s No Template for Emotional Intelligence (Jstor)
  • Torrance High School in Torrance, California (Atlas Obscura)
  • Borj Adoumoue in Salé, Morocco (Atlas Obscura)
  • Antarctica Is Stark, Beautiful, and Will Shrink Your Brain (Atlas Obscura)

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