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TOM ARUP 4:21pm Ken Henry, Bernie Fraser and Ross Garnaut are lions of Australian economics. They carry more intellectual and institutional weight then most of us mere mortals put together.
1:16pm Origin Energy has stopped work at 12 sites in Queensland as asbestos had been found in drilling fluids it was using.
Richard Ingham 8:20am Scientists have found an elusive mineral pointing to the existence of a vast reservoir deep in the Earth's mantle, 400 to 600 kilometres beneath our feet.
8:08am Russia is considering a domestic carbon market to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and may start providing poorer nations with cash to cope with global warming, according to the country's climate negotiator.
8:00am Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change.
9:11am China is reconsidering plans for a carbon tax as local air pollution trumps concerns over climate change, with Austrlia's policy reversal cited as a reason for the review.
TOM ARUP One of Victoria's most precious and fragile patches of the environment, home for two of the state's endangered animal emblems, will be protected in a new conservation network.
HENRY BELOT Canberra is set for a wet and possibly wild end to the week with rain and patchy weather forecast to last through the next several days.
Thirteen years after the United Nations set up the first carbon emissions market, the global trading system's influence is waning as it gives way to local and regional plans to combat climate change.
Clare Kermond While new figures show household solar power is growing in popularity, those wanting to embrace this source of clean energy are facing new hurdles nonetheless.
PETER HANNAM Environment regulators recommended Santos monitor radioactive elements in its future coal-seam gas operations in the Pilliga Forest despite not seeking such readings once unsafe levels of uranium were found in a contaminated aquifer.
NICOLE HASHAM Spending up to $1 billion raising Warragamba Dam wall is the best way to protect thousands of Sydney homes from being destroyed by flood, a major state government review has found.
TOM ARUP If you ever wanted an illustration of what green tape is supposed to prevent, then catch a train to Morwell today and take a deep breath.
MIKI PERKINS In the humid bowels of Melbourne's aquarium, a tiny baby rests in her saltwater pool, flanked on one side by a spiny crayfish on a diet of carrots and the other by Pearl, a giant sea turtle found at Warrnambool.
PETER HANNAM A chemical used to control insects and non-native pest birds is likely to blame for the deaths of hundreds of wild birds near Dubbo in the state's central west, the NSW Environment Protection Authority said.
ESTHER HAN The Body Shop's long-standing commitment to cruelty-free products is under question after an investigation by consumer group Choice found the beauty brand's products are being sold in mainland China where animal testing routinely occurs.
The cost to restart Japan's nuclear power plants: $US12.3 billion and counting.
The world must increase its food production by 60 per cent by mid-century or risk serious food shortages that could bring social unrest and civil wars, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.
Sean Nicholls, Nicole Hasham The NSW environment regulator has revealed water for livestock is being extracted from an aquifer at a point less than five kilometres from where it was contaminated by a controversial coal seam gas project in the Pilliga Forest.
BRIDIE SMITH It looks like what it is - a creature long dead. But the animal lying on its side at the National Museum of Australia is facing a new kind of threat.
NICOLE HASHAM A leaking pond that contaminated an aquifer with uranium at levels 20 times safe drinking guidelines is still being used, despite coal seam gas operator Santos knowing it was faulty more than two years ago.
Leanne Nicholson Perth's hottest night since records began was one of 156 weather records broken over a 90-day period during what the Climate Council has dubbed a second "angry summer".
Meeri Kim Unravelling the mystery of the flying serpent.
Scientists have detected four new man-made gases that damage the Earth's protective ozone layer, despite bans on almost all production of similar gases under a 1987 treaty, a new study shows.
SEAN NICHOLLS The Environment Protection Authority took almost a year to issue a $1500 fine to energy company Santos over contamination of an aquifer near a major coal seam gas project, which included uranium at a level 20 times the Australian drinking water guideline for human health.
SARAH WHYTE Heatwaves and sweltering temperatures contributed to another record-breaking ''angry summer'' and summers are likely to get angrier, according to a damning Climate Council report.
Damien Murphy, Amanda Hoh Every surfer who pulled up at a beach to check the waves has known the universal disappointment that goes with being told ''you should have been here yesterday''.
Damien Murphy and Amanda Hoh Every surfer has been told at some point 'uou should have been here yesterday'.
SARAH WHYTE Severe heatwaves and sweltering temperatures contributed to another record-breaking ''angry summer'' that will likely get worse, according to a Climate Council report.
Alana Schetzer Conservationists say they have stopped Japanese whalers from killing any humpback whales.
Sam McKeith Environmental groups and the state opposition are calling for the O'Farrell government to act after energy producer Santos was fined for contaminating a northwest NSW aquifer, reportedly with uranium.
Georgina Mitchell A man was struck by lightning as severe thunderstorms swept across Sydney on Friday night.
PETER HANCOCK Some of Perth's most beautiful birds can also be the hardest to get a good look at.
Sean Nicholls A coal seam gas project operated by energy company Santos in north-western NSW has contaminated a nearby aquifer, with uranium at levels 20 times higher than safe drinking water guidelines, an official investigation has found.
PETER HANNAM When the CSIRO began the biggest study of energy performance of Australian houses, one resident bemoaned the woeful output of his home's photovoltaic panels only to be told the unit was actually a solar hot water system.
BEN WESTCOTT Heavy rain and a chance of thunderstorms hasn't deterred organisers of Canberra's big weekend events, with Diner En Blanc and Ben and Jerry's Open Air Cinema among the events still planned to go ahead.
PETER HANNAM A man was struck by lightning as severe thunderstorms swept across Sydney on Friday afternoon.
Bindi Irwin is facing a backlash after entering one of the United States' most heated public relations battles.
Destructive winds and heavy rain are expected to lash coastal north Queensland areas over the weekend as a possible cyclone tracks towards the mainland, forecasters say.
PETER HANNAM The O’Farrell government has opened the way for the state’s forests to be used to generate electricity in a move blasted by the Greens as “devastating”.
Peter Hannam, Jonathan Swan Abolishing carbon pricing could cost the federal budget at least $4 billion a year within five years, if the Abbott government wants to reduce emissions in line with Australia's international commitments, says economist Ross Garnaut.
Global solar-power capacity rose by a record 37 gigawatts last year as Asian countries installed the most projects for the first time, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.
The much-feared El Nino phenomenon, the warming of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific which can trigger drought in Southeast Asia and Australia and floods in South America, could strike as early as the Northern Hemisphere summer, the US weather forecaster warned.
SAFFRON HOWDEN Police are investigating how a bed and breakfast owner got a bullet through his dining room window opposite a state forest the NSW government recently opened for bow hunting.
PETER HANNAM Carbon emissions from the National Electricity Market have risen for the first time in two years.
Zoo in Indonesia's second-largest city has become a lightning rod for zoo critics around the world, as an acrimonious debate unfolds over who is responsible for the animal deaths.
Andrew Freedman A satellite has captured a massive storm at sea with a trailing tail of clouds extending for hundreds of kilometres from the storm centre.
TOM ARUP Cattle grazing will return to Victoria's Alpine National Park after federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved a state government trial to have 60 to 300 cows in the park.
Closer cooperation between China and the United States, the top two greenhouse gas emitters, on combating global warming is boosting prospects for a U.N. deal meant to be agreed next year, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama, who has vowed to make fighting global warming a focus of his remaining years in office, unveiled initiatives to mitigate what aides say are the effects of an already changing climate.
PETER HANNAM The Great Barrier Reef will be irreversibly damaged by climate change in just 16 years, according to leading reef researcher Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.
TOM ARUP Victoria's environment commissioner has quit and hit out at the Napthine government's attitude on climate change, saying bureaucrats told her they were directed to refrain from even using the term.
KIM STEPHENS An energy-saving revolution 80 years in the making could be about to hit Brisbane.
AMANDA HOH Commuters are set for a long haul home after a severe thunderstorm and heavy rain swept though Sydney.
Opinion Prime Minister Tony Abbott's declaration that too many of the country's forests are "locked up" has met a furious response from the Tasmanian state government and environmentalists.
Twirl is shy, Velma is dominant. And now they're part of one big, happy little penguin family.
Peter Hannam The Clean Energy Finance Corp has made new investments exceeding $50 million, despite on-going efforts by the Abbott government to axe the fund.
A protester has tried to block access to a coal loader at a Whitehaven Coal operation at Gunnedah to protest the company's Maules Creek mine development in NSW's northwest.
PETER HANNAM Australians could sell their shares in fossil-fuel companies with little impact on overall portfolio returns while eliminating exposure to the so-called “carbon bubble”, a new report by The Australia Institute says.
The European Union should ensure that future climate and energy policies do not undermine the competitiveness of its industry, already weakened by a price gap with the U.S., the bloc's member states said.