Articles by Sonali Paul

What Is Causing Australia’s Incessant Rain?

MELBOURNE — Torrential rain is lashing Australia’s southeast coast, forcing thousands of people from their homes because of the danger of floods and landslides in a region battered by major flooding four times in the past 18 months. Some areas …

Australian Court Overturns Ruling Requiring Mine Regulator to Weigh Climate Harm to Children

An Australian court on Tuesday overturned a groundbreaking ruling from last year that required the country’s environment minister to consider harm to children from climate change as part of the approval process for a coal mine. The full Federal Court …

Australia’s Adani Coal Mine Nears 1st Shipment, Despite Climate Activists’ Campaign

MELBOURNE – India’s Adani Group is preparing to ship the first coal cargo from Australia’s most controversial mine, after battling a seven-year campaign by climate activists and defying a global push away from fossil fuels. The Carmichael mine in outback …

Liberty Mutual Weighing Options, Delays Australian Coal Mine Project

MELBOURNE — U.S. insurer Liberty Mutual will not be filing an environmental impact assessment for a coal project in Australia, it said on Friday, missing a deadline as it weighs alternatives for the proposed mine. Community groups worried about pollution …

Australia Court Rules Against Johnson & Johnson in Pelvic Mesh Class Action

More than 1,350 Australian women won a seven-year-old class action lawsuit on Thursday against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for misleading patients and surgeons about the risks of the pharmaceutical giant’s pelvic mesh implants. The suit is one of many J&J …

Papua New Guinea Quake Kills at Least 14; ExxonMobil Shuts $19B LNG Plant

Up to 14 people were killed in landslides and by collapsed buildings during a powerful earthquake in the remote Papua New Guinea highlands, police and a hospital worker said on Tuesday, with unconfirmed reports of up to 30 dead. The …

Tight Market Drives Australian Companies into Deals Abroad

Cash rich Australian companies are being forced to search offshore for takeover targets as the small local market has become too consolidated to get deals past the competition watchdog. With the Aussie dollar at a 28-year high, now would be …

AMP Hints it May Improve AXA Asia Bid

Australia’s No.2 wealth manager AMP Ltd signaled on Thursday that it had room to improve its $11.6 billion bid for AXA Asia Pacific, but said it had yet to decide on its next move. AMP is in a bid battle …