Latest environment news
Saffron Howden 3:00 PM A massive, global coral bleaching event is underway which could affect 38 per cent of the world's reefs by year's end, including the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have revealed.
Peter Hannam The impacts of the monster El Nino in the Pacific are likely to intensify across much of Australia, including worsening drought and an elevated bushfire threat, after conditions that were nullifying its effects suddenly retreated.
Tom Arup The historic fall in China's coal use is a clear and consistent trend and should be factored in by Australian business, one of the world's leading experts on China's environment policy says.
Sarah Kaplan and Fred Barbash 8:54 AM Hundreds of people in northern hemisphere go outside with their cameras in hopes of capturing colourful displays.
Andrew Darby 12:15 AM Petroleum giant BP has lodged an environmental plan with the Federal Government for the first deep drilling in the waters of the Great Australian Bight, as it settles the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the United States for $A27 billion.
1:44 PM Scientists have discovered a previously unknown mammal, the hog-nosed rat, with features that have not been seen by science before.
Alex Morales and Rachel Morison Britain is considering whether to close all of its 12 coal-fired power plants by 2023.
Laura Zuckerman A hunter tracking elk in the Montana mountains said he fended off an attacking grizzly bear by shoving his arm into its throat to induce a gag reflex that would frighten it away, according to state wildlife managers.
Peter Hannam Countries should agree to review their carbon emission reduction policies every five years to ensure dangerous global warming can be avoided, according to a draft United Nations agreement being circulated before the Paris summit due to start next month.
Aditya Kalra India's Supreme Court has given New Delhi three days to come up with a plan to clean up the air in a city ranked by the World Health Organisation as the most polluted in the world.
Andrew Darby The hostile home of the blizzard may have been more like a climate change friend.
A British law that is supposed to give laboratory monkeys special protection has failed to prevent large numbers of the primates from being subjected to "unnecessary and unjustifiable" testing, a leading animal rights organisation claims.
Bridie Smith As rats go, this one is pretty cute. And until Tuesday, the world was oblivious to its existence.
All nations should agree to toughen curbs on greenhouse gas emissions every five years under a UN accord to combat global warming due in December, according to a first suggested text of a UN agreement on Monday.
Alex Nussbaum Citigroup Inc., the third-biggest US bank, said it will cut back on financing for coal mining projects, in the latest blow to the industry that's viewed as a key contributor to global warming.
Tom Arup Victoria could hit its initial 20 per cent renewable energy target for 2020 by barely lifting a finger, energy analysts have found.
Peter Hannam Sydney faces another scorching day in the west on Tuesday as a big high pressure system steers unusually warm winds over the city.
Alana Schetzer Melbourne and parts of Victoria will face an extreme fire risk tomorrow, as the state braces for more severe spring time heat.
Susan Cooper Eastman Search-and-rescue teams have located debris appearing to belong to the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin with 33 mostly American crew members aboard more than three days ago.
Andrew Darby Valuable pioneer Tasmanian Devils, immunised against a deadly facial cancer, are being killed not by the disease - but by cars.
Michael Idato Flash floods on the French Riviera killed 16 people and five others were reported missing on Sunday, prompting the government to declare a natural disaster in the southeastern tourist region.
Peter Hannam Parts of the Sydney Basin are likely to see their longest spell of early-season heat on record, giving residents and visitors yet more reason to hit the beaches.
Adam Jourdan Howling winds and snarling seas whipped up by Typhoon Mujigae have caught several Chinese fishing vessels stranded at sea, with several people dead and 16 fishermen missing.