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CSIRO's gravitation waves contribution came from unit now axed

Peter Hannam 8:33 AM   CSIRO executives are being accused of claiming credit for achievements of a science unit it has recently axed, amid on-going job cuts at the agency.

PR war over fires in Tasmania's world heritage area takes to the air

Mount Oakleigh, near the Overland Track, last week.

Adam Morton   Not for the first time, a war is being fought over Tasmania's world heritage wilderness. As fire burns across the state, this time it is being fought from the air.

CSIRO chief Larry Marshall points his ship into a scientific storm

Nothing to see here: CSIRO plans to slash climate monitoring and modelling research.

Peter Hannam   Scientists are calling for CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall to change his mind and not slash key climate researchers by half.

AGL pleads guilty to 11 breaches of political donation disclosure laws

Chief executive Andy Vesey barred political donations by AGL in August 2015.

Peter Hannam   Energy giant AGL has pleaded guilty to 11 counts of breaking political disclosure laws after a probe prompted by anti-coal gas activists.

Australian bushfires on the rise, new research finds

The number of bushfires are on the rise in Australia according to new research.

Tom Arup   The number of bushfires in Australia is on the rise - up 40 per cent since 2007 - local scientists have found as part of research to try develop a system for firefighters to help them forecast where they might breakout.

Canberra sizzles as mercury climbs

Leigh Baguley of Lyneham, cools off on Sunday, enjoying a run on his wakeboard, in the Molonglo River.

Natasha Boddy 4:51 PM   Canberrans spent much of Valentine's Day looking for ways to cool off and beat the heat as the capital sizzled.

Unlawful and secret surgery on animals sparks call for inquiry

Jeffery (centre) and two girlfriends were lucky to be rehomed after being subjected to secret experiments.

Natalie O'Brien   Unlawful surgical procedures on live animals have been carried out at an unnamed Sydney medical facility in breach of the state laws on animal research, sparking calls for a parliamentary inquiry.

How 150,000 penguins were wiped out

Adélie penguins. Their numbers crashed at Cape Denison, Antarctica, after an iceberg grounded.

Kim Arlington   Freeze-dried chicks, abandoned eggs, in "heartbreaking" scene

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CSIRO climate cuts 'devastating', almost 3000 scientists tell Turnbull

Larry Marshall, CSIRO's chief executive, has resisted calls to reconsider deep cuts to climate and other programs.

Peter Hannam   Almost 3000 scientists from nearly 60 nations have appealed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other Australian leaders to halt CSIRO's plans to halve the number of researchers working on climate monitoring and modelling.

NSW why won't you clean up your own waste?

The EPA recorded 37,000 tonnes of waste was transported interstate from NSW in December last year.

Lucy Cormack   The Environment Protection Authority is investigating 10 waste companies and three rail yards after they were found to be transporting tonnes of waste interstate by rail.

Victorian climate laws face massive overhaul including new emissions targets

Victoria's climate change laws are facing a radical redraw if the recommendations of an independent review are adopted.

Tom Arup   Victoria's climate change regime faces a major overhaul, with an independent review recommending the state establish new targets to cut emissions, put in place a legally binding charter and give the environmental watchdog powers to limit greenhouse gases.

'Vital' climate work not for chop: CSIRO chief

CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall, grilled over large-scale staff cuts.

Peter Hannam   The Senate has grilled CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall for two hours over the number and process of scientist job cuts.

These stats reveal the truth about shark attacks

Hysteria about shark attacks is disproportionate to the risk.

Catherine Armitage   Sharks are scary, yes, and you wouldn't want to bump into one in the ocean. But if you can wade past the hysteria, the facts are good protection.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for the ACT region

The State Emergency Service has advised Canberra residents to keep their cars under cover and to keep clear of creeks ...

Henry Belot   Queanbeyan and southern Canberra have been battered with a severe hail storm.

Australian tip-off leads to online wildlife trafficking sting in Indonesia

Most of the animals smuggled to Australia from Indonesia are reptiles – such as the green tree python (pictured) –which ...

Jewel Topsfield   A tip-off from the Australian Federal Police led to a sting that nabbed two Indonesians who had smuggled Papuan reptiles to Australia in an international online wildlife trafficking operation.

More than 16,000 homes in the ACT have rooftop solar

More than 1.5 million Australian homes now have rooftop solar panels.

More than 16,000 homes in the ACT have rooftop solar systems, new figures from the Clean Energy Regulator show.

Australian National Botanic Gardens opens new bee hotel

Dr Remko Leijs, Aidan Bavinton, 8, of Maribyrnong Primary School, and ABC TV character Dirt Girl at the launch of the ...

Clare Colley   Canberra already has more than its fair share of buzzing hotels, but the latest offering is for much smaller guests – bees.

'Maybe I'm naive': CSIRO's Larry Marshall tries again to explain deep staff cuts

Trying again: CSIRO chief Larry Marshall makes an internal video that the staff union dubs a "puff piece".

Peter Hannam   CSIRO chief Larry Marshall has stepped up efforts to convince staff that the plan to lop 350 jobs will be good for the organisation, according to a transcript of an internal video leaked by disgruntled employees.

Botanic Gardens gets $1.5m private donation for conservatory

Ian Potter Foundation CEO Craig Connelly and Australian National Botanic Gardens general manager Peter Byron at ...

Clare Colley   Hundreds of species of native tropical plants will soon have a chance to thrive in the cool climate of Canberra.

Clean energy's share dims but drop is temporary, NSW government says

Blue sky view: NSW has a long way to go to hit 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

Peter Hannam   The Baird government's policy of sourcing a fifth of NSW's electricity from renewable sources by the end of the decade is a fading dream with clean energy's share shrinking.

CSIRO cuts about bowing to Abbott right: Labor

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Peter Hannam   Deep cuts to CSIRO's climate and manufacturing programs show the organisation is bowing to right-wing priorities Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inherited from predecessor Tony Abbott, said Kim Carr, Labor's shadow minister for industry.

Australia needs 'highly effective' climate research: chief scientist

Dr Alan Finkel made his first appearance before Senate estimates as Australia's Chief Scientist on Wednesday.

Peter Hannam   Australia's new chief scientist Alan Finkel has had "significant conversations" with leading researchers to ensure planned deep cuts to climate science programs by the CSIRO would not undermine the country's ability to deal with global warming.

It's a 'crisis' in environmental science, scientists say

Environmental science at CSIRO is under attack, one scientist facing the axe says.

Peter Hannam   CSIRO scientists say deep staffing cuts facing key divisions constitute "a real crisis for all environmental science" in the organisation, amid mounting international criticism.

Taronga zookeeper meets an old friend at Mogo Zoo

Zookeeper Lou Grossfeldt with Mogo Zoo's Bolivian squirrel monkeys.

Kibabu was unimpressed when Lou Grossfeldt turned up at his new home at Mogo Zoo.

Australia 'cut off' from the world

Most of CSIRO's climate programs face the axe.

Peter Hannam   Budget cuts at the CSIRO have sent shockwaves into the international climate research community, with the World Meteorological Organisation labelling the move a ''backward'' step.

Feeling the burn on bus shelter seats?

"We've got bus stops on major roads like Parramatta Road, which itself is a heat island, and you see shelters with glass ...

Change is on its way to make your wait much cooler - and smarter.

Wild leopard wreaks havoc, mauls six in Bangalore school rampage

Scary encounter: The leopard chases down a man on the school grounds.

A leopard on the loose in a school in India has mauled six people who attempted to capture the wild animal.

Benign weather in store for Sydney as big heat builds in the west

Swimmers rejoice: Great weather forecast for Sydney this week.

Peter Hannam   Sydney could get its best weather for the year, with a week of gently warming days, lots of sunshine and little rain.

Four Corners report finds shark net programs do not prevent attacks

New analysis shows no link between the density of sharks and the number of attacks in an area.

Shark mitigation programs on NSW beaches have no statistical impact on the number of shark attacks, new analysis has found.

How much ice can the Antarctic afford to lose?

Ice shelves most susceptible to ice loss are considered to be vulnerable due to the "very warm ocean waters" that can ...

Large areas of Antarctic ice sheets could melt away into the ocean if ice shelves continue to disappear.

CSIRO head defends climate research cuts as angry scientists protest

Scientists rally in Melbourne against cuts to climate change research at the CSIRO.

CSIRO head Larry Marshall has sought to defend deep cuts to climate science programs after days of sustained criticism, saying global warming research was "one piece of a much larger puzzle" in solving Australia's biggest challenges.