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DEBORAH GOUGH 1:46pm The Uniting Church in Australia will stop investing in corporations that extract fossil fuels, saying it must do its part to support small island states at risk over global warming.
PETER HANNAM 12:15am Australians are supposed to be among the fastest consumers to take up new gadgetry but when it comes to adopting solar energy the country remains very much in the shade – and the shadow is about to get darker.
DEBORAH SNOW 12:15am Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan visits the Ranger uranium mine.
PETER HANNAM 2:32am Solar energy installers are expecting a boom then sharp contraction of their businesses as the Abbott government prepares to take an axe to renewable energy support.
KIRSTEN LAWSON 11:00pm ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell has condemned the Warburton report as ''dangerously radical and extremist''.
ALEISHA ORR Attitudes towards the issue of sharks in Western Australia have been revealed in a research paper commissioned by the state government but believed to have never been publicly released.
ANDREW DARBY Russia has ramped up its attack on proposed Antarctic marine reserves, alleging they hide the territorial ambitions of countries such as Australia.
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MICHAEL KOZIOL Dangerous surf conditions will prevail along the NSW coast today and Saturday as a low pressure system over the Tasman Sea whips up strong wind and swells.
STEVE BUTCHER An elderly pensioner known as the "Birdman" who once supplied a cockatoo for super model Megan Gale's fashion shoot has been convicted and fined $10,000 on multiple RSPCA mistreatment charges.
Stefan Nicola Investments in new clean-energy capacity will total $US1.61 trillion ($1.72 trillion) through 2020 even as the expansion of renewables is expected to slow, the International Energy Agency said.
PETER HANNAM The cost of solar panels for residences is likely to rise by as much as 50 per cent if the Abbott government takes up the recommendations of its hand-picked panel to wind back the small-scale renewable energy target.
LISA COX Tony Abbott has been given cover to break an election promise not to touch Australia's renewable energy target after his hand-picked review panel recommended the scheme be dramatically cut back.
PATRICK HATCH Spare bedrooms have long been used by begrudging hosts to house unwanted visitors.
PETER HANNAM The NSW government has called for a national ban on the sale and production of shampoos and other products containing microplastics before they inflict worse damage on marine environments.
LISA VISENTIN Sydney is over the worst of the miserable weather that has blanketed the city in early-morning fog and showers for several days, with conditions set to clear this afternoon.
PETER HANNAM The momentum of global warming caused by the build-up of greenhouse gases is likely to overwhelm natural cooling processes within decades, according to research by the University of NSW.
A moose on the loose in Germany evaded capture before getting stuck inside an office building, tantalisingly close to the canteen.
ANDREW DARBY The Tasmanian Liberal Government has succeeded in unwinding key parts of the peace deal to end the state's forest wars.
PETER HANNAM A Hunter Valley community has lost its legal challenge to a major open-cut coal mine expansion by Chinese-controlled miner Yancoal.
ANDREW DARBY The CSIRO is closing science library branches around the country, with the world standard marine science room in Hobart next to shut its door.
PETER HANNAM The world is headed “down a dangerous path” with disruption of the food system possible within a decade as climate change undermines the ability of nations to feed themselves, according to a senior World Bank official.
New research reveals how a single sheepdog can get so many sheep to move so efficiently in the same direction.
Bloomberg News China is considering providing as much as 100 billion yuan ($16.25 billion) in government funding to build electric-vehicle charging facilities and spur demand for clean cars, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Justin Gillis Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of 'severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts' over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new UN report.
LISA VISENTIN In a showdown replete with echoes of gladiatorial battles of yore, a woman has fought a leopard armed only with a sickle and spade. And won.
Bruce Robertson Our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has proclaimed Australia will shortly be the world's largest exporter of gas. Meanwhile, in NSW we face gas shortages and skyrocketing prices."Worlds largest exporter" and gas shortages simply cannot logically occur at the same time. It is an absurd proposition.
PETER HANNAM The University of Sydney has become the first institution of its type in Australia to halt further investments in coalmining, a move likely to send ripples through the funds industry.
PETER HANNAM Sydney commuters can expect another soggy journey home as the remnants of an east coast low continue to bucket coastal regions of the state.
BEN WESTCOTT Winter will close on a high note for Canberrans, as Monday's mild rainfall gives way to clear skies and warm days.
PETER HANNAM The main proponent of a major expansion of Newcastle’s coal exports has breached its pollution licence conditions 75 times in the past three years, according to documents obtained by the Nature Conservation Council.
TOM ARUP A dramatic slowing in the growth of China’s coal use has brought the world within reach of keeping global warming to relatively safe levels, climate policy expert Ross Garnaut says.
PETER HANNAM Greenpeace is calling on the University to Sydney to dump its shares in coal miner Whitehaven after the institution decided to halt further stock purchases while an investment review is underway.
EMMA KELLY Canberra nearly doubled its rainfall for August on Tuesday afternoon, after more than 11mm of rain fell across the ACT in four hours.
PETER HANNAM Beach wanderers may be in for a treat these evenings as a “flowering of the oceans” including a bloom of Sea Sparkle heralds the arrival of spring.
Henry Fountain Scientists have discovered methane gas bubbling from the seafloor in an unexpected place: off the East Coast of the United States where the continental shelf meets the deeper Atlantic Ocean. The methane is emanating from at least 570 locations, called seeps, from near Cape Hatteras off North Carolina.
HEATH GILMORE Tiny fragments and threads of plastic have been found for the first time among the smallest grains of sand at the bottom of Sydney Harbour, potentially poisoning fish and other sea life.
PETER HANNAM Coalition divisions over native vegetation clearing laws are likely to be tested on Monday with the Baird cabinet expected to discuss a bill by the Shooters and Fishers party that green groups say will eviscerate current protections for endangered species on private land.
PATRICK BEGLEY Instead of plastic, the residents of Avalon in Sydney's north could soon be carrying their goods in bags made of old sheets, Doona covers and upholstery offcuts.
PATRICK BEGLEY Sydney's rain is set to continue this week, with showers predicted Monday to Friday.
Meeri Kim From ultrasonic bat chirps to eerie whale songs, the animal kingdom is a noisy place. While some sounds might have meaning - typically something like "I'm a male, aren't I great?" - no other creatures have a true language except for us. Or do they?
MARKUS MANNHEIM Competition between power companies is not helping Canberrans, many of whom believe they must buy from ActewAGL.
BRIDIE SMITH The scientific secrets of some of Museum Victoria's unique marine animal collection have been unlocked for the first time, thanks to DNA testing.
ANDREW DARBY On an engineering works floor in Britain stands a 250 tonne machine that promises to change the way we think about the seabed. It's built to mine the deep.
MATT BUNGARD The number of council areas bringing forward the start of their bushfire season is set to double, amid warnings from the state's most senior bush firefighter of above-average fire risks in the coming months.
STEPHANIE WOOD The Top End's crocodile population has bounced back since the animals were protected, and stakeholders agree that resolving the sometimes deadly conflict between crocs and humans is a priority. They just can't agree how.
DEBORAH SNOW In March 2011 Naoto Kan, then Japan's Prime Minister, found himself living a politician's worst nightmare, as he struggled to manage one of the world's worst nuclear crises after a tsunami triggered a reactor melt-down at Fukushima, on the country's eastern seaboard.
Tom Arup, Environment Editor A campaign to make the Wellsford State Forest part of the nearby Greater Bendigo National Park has bumped along for years but has ramped up again as the 2014 state election nears. New draft logging plans has set aside 12 potential new coupes for the forest, and campaigners hopes to make the issue central to the tighly fought contest over Bendigo's two Labor held seats.
PETER HANNAM A giant Chinese solar panel maker originally based on Australian technology plans to close its local research arm amid on-going concerns about the future of renewable energy in the country.
NICKY PHILLIPS Spare a thought for the males of the rainforest tree that can no longer spread their seed. Without help, the hairy quandong faces a barren future.
TIMNA JACKS It was not quite a fall from grace for furry 'Sir Chompalot', but a plunge into a second chance at life.
A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years but NASA says that carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is still being spewed into the atmosphere from an unknown source.
The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from around 2030 and spur fast temperature rises, scientists said.
Lisa Cox and Tom Arup Clive Palmer has softened the conditions under which his proposed emissions trading scheme would be launched, in an attempt to attract more political support for a new price on carbon.
JOHN THISTLETON Bright export prospects for lambs if they can survive fierce frosts across the Southern Tablelands.
Lizzy Lowe, University of Sydney and Dieter Hochuli, University of Sydney New research shows some spiders are getting larger and even doing better in cities than in their natural habitats.
NICKY PHILLIPS People are not the only residents living large in the eastern suburbs - spiders at Tamarama Beach are fatter and more fertile than their rural counterparts.
PETER HANNAM Mining company Rio Tinto was able to respond within days of receiving environmental requirements for its Warkworth coalmine expansion plan because of "workshopping" with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, according to Greens MP David Shoebridge.
PETER HANNAM NSW is barely one-third of the way to achieving its 2020 renewable energy goal despite the Baird Government wanting the state to be Australia's answer to California.