Temperatures across southern Queensland and northern NSW have been up to 13 degrees Celsius above the August maximum on a number of days this week, and while climate change may the words on everyone's lips, it is not the whole story.

Why so hot?

The consensus among climate scientists the ABC spoke to is that it is hot because of what has not been happening in the atmosphere.

Sydney commuters will get the chance to book shuttle buses from or near their homes to a local transport hub within the next few months as part of a state government trial of on-demand public transport.

Pricing for a standard trip will range from $2.60 to $5.60, and customers will be able to book online, by phone or via an app on their smart device.

Melbourne has been declared the most liveable city in the world for the seventh year running by the Economist’s annual global liveability survey, while Sydney remains in 11th place.

It is the first time in the survey’s 15-year history that a city has held the No 1 rank in its own right for seven consecutive years.

The biggest solar thermal power plant of its kind in the world, a 150-megawatt structure set to be built in Port Augusta in South Australia has got the green light.

As well as providing around 650 construction jobs for local workers, the plant will provide all the electricity needs for the state government, with some to spare – and it should help to make solar energy even more affordable in the future.

Brisbane is on the verge of hitting its first $3m suburb, just months after breaking through the magic $2m mark.

Latest CoreLogic market trends data, exclusive to The Courier-Mail yesterday, showed Teneriffe, just 2km from the Brisbane CBD  has taken just three months to power from being the state’s first $2m suburb to sitting on the edge of $3m.

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