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Rachel Connor. A huge meteorite hit Australia 2 billion years ago. Did it lead to life as we know it? On Wednesday, a team of Australian scientists announced they believe the mound was the last remaining trace of a huge meteorite that struck Yarrabubba about 2.229 billion years ago.

A huge meteorite hit Australia 2 billion years ago. Did it lead to life as we know it?

It would have left an impact crater 70 kilometres wide – more than twice the size of Melbourne. And the scientists believe it may have been powerful enough to kick Earth out of an ice age and start the planet on the path to complex life. To find a crater Two billion years of erosion have flattened out Yarrabubba. “It does not look like a crater,” says Curtin University’s Professor Chris Kirkland, part of the team behind the discovery. However, the meteorite has left traces.

To discover when the meteorite hit, the team turned to zircon. Zircon crystals are both unbelievably tough – they will survive in molten lava – and an excellent way of measuring time. Inside each crystal is a tiny amount of uranium. Scientists hate to say 'I told you so'. But Australia, you were warned. Those who say “I told you so” are rarely welcomed, yet I am going to say it here.

Scientists hate to say 'I told you so'. But Australia, you were warned

Australian scientists warned the country could face a climate change-driven bushfire crisis by 2020. It arrived on schedule. For several decades, the world’s scientific community has periodically assessed climate science, including the risks of a rapidly changing climate. Australian scientists have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to this global effort. I am an Earth System scientist, and for 30 years have studied how humans are changing the way our planet functions. Read more: Conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires -- but we must not give up Scientists have, clearly and respectfully, warned about the risks to Australia of a rapidly heating climate - more extreme heat, changes to rainfall patterns, rising seas, increased coastal flooding and more dangerous bushfire conditions. The more we learn, the worse it gets How serious might future risks actually be?

'Gobsmacked': German retail giant Kaufland abandons Australia, adding to retail woes. MAB chief operating officers David Hall said he was "gobsmacked" by the news when contacted by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

'Gobsmacked': German retail giant Kaufland abandons Australia, adding to retail woes

"We don’t know anything about it and we need to have a conversation with them. We’ve been trying to get hold of them on the phone. " German hypermarket giant Kaufland ready to shake up the way we shop in Australia. Kaufland purchased the large 28-hectare site in MAB’s Merrifield Business Park for its distribution centre in March last year and was due to settle on the full transaction within weeks. Construction on the facility is in full swing and "out of the ground," Mr Hall said. In September, the company also celebrated breaking ground on its first South Australian store, which cost $24 million and was set to create 150 jobs.

Scott Morrison's senior ministers discuss how to reposition climate policies. Scott Morrison’s senior ministers discussed how best to reposition the government’s climate change policies in a cabinet meeting on Monday.

Scott Morrison's senior ministers discuss how to reposition climate policies

After Morrison claimed that there were no members of his frontbench wanting stronger action on climate change policy, sources have told Guardian Australia that ministers discussed the issue at length in the cabinet meeting that followed in Canberra that day. Some cabinet ministers are understood to have expressed the view that there is a need for the government to step up action in a way that is both “genuine and believable” in the year ahead.

However, no one argued for any substantial policy change that strayed from the Coalition’s election commitments, with senior members of the Coalition unified around the government’s emissions reduction targets of 26% to 28% of 2005 levels by 2030. He also flagged the possibility of new national standards that would report on how states were tracking on hazard reduction performance. Coronavirus Precautions Ramped Up in Australia. A number of Australians have been tested for the deadly coronavirus which has led to four deaths to date from more than 200 cases in China.

Coronavirus Precautions Ramped Up in Australia

But there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Australia as authorities ramp up precautions. A Brisbane man being tested for the virus was released from isolation on Tuesday. He shows no ongoing symptoms and test results are expected in coming days, Queensland Health said. Biosecurity measures have been ramped up for flights into the country from China, and the city of Wuhan in particular.