Morning Mail: ‘Phantom’ carbon credits revealed, right to be forgotten considered, Ukraine pleads for tanks

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Good morning. If you were hanging out for some good climate news this week, I’m sorry to say it’s not today. A nine-month investigation by the Guardian, the German weekly Die Zeit and SourceMaterial has raised questions over carbon credits bought by a number of internationally renowned companies. On the second day of the Davos summit (overnight our time), the head of the UN accused fossil fuel companies of models “inconsistent with human survival” – while Ukraine’s president continued to call for more aid. And in Melbourne, the Australian Open continues today.

Let’s get into the day’s news.


John Grono and Donna Andrews in 2019
‘This is something we will be living with all our lives’: Donna Andrews and John Grono are still rebuilding after their house burned down in the black summer bushfires. Photograph: Supplied
  • ‘Broken spirits’ | Four in five Australians have experienced some form of natural disaster at least once since 2019 – and it’s taking a mental health toll.

  • Tara emergency | After a gunman fired at a car, police last night declared an “ongoing” emergency situation in the small Queensland town – about 40km south of Wieambilla, where two officers were killed in December.

  • European-style laws | The right to be forgotten and a right to sue for privacy breaches will be considered for the next tranche of legislation, the attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, says.

  • A shot across the bows? | The South Australian Greens have declared their unanimous support for a voice to parliament, amid criticism of the referendum from the party’s First Nations spokesperson, Lidia Thorpe.

  • Plant-based meats | Alternatives in supermarkets are generally healthier than meat products but may lack important nutrients found in the real thing, new research suggests.


A burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve in Brazil
A burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve in Brazil. An analysis raises questions over the credits bought by a number of internationally renowned companies. Composite: Guardian Design/Getty Images/AFP

Full Story

Terry Irving standing in front of a wall with two photos of children on a beach hanging on it
‘There’s a gap of five years in my life, five years in everyone’s lives that I’m connected to, because of what happened,’ Terry Irving says. Photograph: Scott Radford-Chisholm/The Guardian

Five years in jail and 25 seeking justice: the malicious prosecution of Terry Irving

In 1993, Irving was wrongfully arrested for robbing a Queensland bank, and ended up spending 1,671 days in jail. He was released by the high court after the state conceded he had not received a fair trial. But exoneration is just the start of his story, as he embarked on a 25-year legal battle against the state for compensation.

And read more about Terry’s quest for justice here.


Residential properties are seen in Melbourne
‘Because the total value of housing finance across the nation is falling, house prices will continue to fall.’ Photograph: Diego Fedele/AAP

Greg Jericho thinks the Reserve Bank of Australia should hold off on raising rates again next month. “Allowing some time for the impact to flow through would be a sensible approach,” he writes, “rather than continuing to hike rates to kill inflation that is already falling but might not yet be visible in official figures.”

Not the news

Pepe Saya cultured Butter fresh out of the churn in the buttery
One restaurant reported a table of three asking for butter three times. ‘So it’s really hard to identify if any amount is enough.’ Photograph: Rob Locke

Butter is no longer “playing second fiddle to bread”, and chefs have been levelling up the quality – and quantity – they serve. Lee Tran Lam finds out what’s inspiring this trend, and what happens to the leftover spread.

The world of sport

Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a return during an Australian Open match
What Millman probably did not realise is that he was unwittingly playing Medvedev into form, Emma Kemp writes. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

Media roundup

The federal government plans to end a superannuation loophole used by convicted child abusers, the ABC reports, after Grace Tame’s long campaign for change. The Financial Review reveals that under the Aukus deal, Australia is set to become a major hub for maintaining US submarines. And the Australian has reported that every mainland state and territory is in breach of the ­national firearms agreement – signed in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre.

What’s happening today

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