Aboriginal leaders used national ''Sorry Day'' on Monday, the day Australia acknowledges past injustices to Aborigines, to renew calls for compensation for their past mistreatment. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued a formal apology to Aborigines in February, but his government, which came to power in November 2007, has stopped short of offering compensation.
Forty-five children living in the Australian mining town of Mount Isa, where Xstrata produces 4% of the world's lead, have unsafe blood lead levels above World Health Organisation standards. Xstrata and local and state governments are facing legal action from the parents of a six-year-old Mount Isa girl who has suffered injuries to her brain and nervous system.
The 1 000th whale shark, a rare and threatened species, has been discovered by researchers using a global programme in which eco-tourists and scientists identify new sharks and lodge photographs on an online library. ''It's a major milestone, for science and for conservation,'' said Ecocean project leader Brad Norman in Australia.