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Seafood hit by climate change

Andrew Darby   A global marine food chain collapse due to greenhouse gas emissions could hit many popular eating fish, an Australian study has found.

NSW lifts energy savings goals, aiming to cut power bills, emissions

The Baird government is expanding the Energy Savings Scheme.

Peter Hannam 6:41 PM   The Baird government has raised its energy savings goal 70 per cent by 2020 in a bid to limit rising electricity and gas bills, and save an extra 730,000 tonnes of carbon emission annually by the end of the decade.

Global climate pledges point to 3 degrees of warming, Europe says

Carbon emissions are being reined-in, but not fast enough.

National pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, even if fully implemented, would cap global warming at 3 degrees Celsius rather than the 2 degrees targeted to avoid dangerous consequences, the European Commission said.

Solar and wind power surge in US

Wind and solar energy continues to fall in cost.

Sean Cockerham   ​While the production of fossil fuels drops in the United States, solar and wind power is skyrocketing as technology and cheaper financing drive down the costs.

Quiet cyclone season forecast for Australia

Cyclone Nathan bears down North Queensland earlier in March.

Peter Hannam   Fewer tropical cyclones are expected in Australia between the November-April cyclone season as a result of this year's powerful El Nino in the Pacific.

Blocked NSW climate report backed big emission cuts

NSW coal-fired power plants are major sources of emissions.

Peter Hannam   Australia risked being left with "stranded" fossil fuel assets and missing out on investment in new technologies if the country's climate change actions are less ambitious than other nations, according to a report blocked by the Baird government.

Federal water tensions rise as Australia dries out

Drought conditions are expanding as the El Nino impact on Australia grows.

Peter Hannam   Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says he remains "absolutely certain" Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will keep his promises to the Nationals, including responsibilities for water, amid reports of simmering tensions over the issues.

Coal plants will close, it's time to prepare: Greens

The Greens state MP for Melbourne, Ellen Sandell.

Tom Arup   The body overseeing the Latrobe Valley's move from the brown coal industry would comprise representatives from the community, business, council and universities along with state and federal governments, the Greens say.

China's economic shift a double-edged sword


Philip Wen and Peter Hannam   China is promising peak carbon emissions by 2030 - but it could happen much sooner than forecast, and will be painful for many, including Australia's exporters.

Why you need to catch more funnel webs

The season for milking: Around 300 male funnel webs need to be milked to create anti-venom every year.

Lucy Cormack   The number of funnel webs caught to produce vital anti-venom has been declining over the past few years, prompting specialists to remind everyday Australians to lend a hand.

Young whale freed off NSW South Coast

The humpback whale calf caught in a net and rope off Narooma on Tuesday morning.

Stan Gorton 11:15 AM   A young humpback whale has swum off into the sunset with its mother after being freed from a web of nylon rope off the NSW south coast.

Whale calf entangled in '150 metres' of fishing net freed

National Parks crews mount the rescue operation tracking the whale from Narooma down to Bermagui where it was cut free.

Stan Gorton and Katie Burgess 10:26 AM   Whale calf entangled in fishing net off Narooma free

Rescuers to disentangle humpback whale calf trapped in net

The calf after it got trapped in the net.

Kerrie O'Connor, Stan Gorton, Kate Aubusson, Katie Burgess 10:03 AM   Rescuers could attach floating buoys to a humpback whale calf trapped in a fishing net to prevent it diving.

Why don't elephants have more cancer than humans?

The bigger the animal is, the more cells it has to become cancerous. Yet elephants appear to be particularly good cancer fighters.

Carl Zimmer 11:30 PM   The bigger the animal is, the more cells it has to become cancerous. Yet elephants appear to be particularly good cancer fighters.

Baby rhino born at Australia Zoo

The newest addition to Australia Zoo.

6:41 PM   He's a healthy 45 kilograms and sure on his feet.

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Tourist films great white shark devouring seal near Alcatraz

A video still shows a great white shark devouring a seal off Alcatraz.

Peter Fimrite and Kale Williams 3:17 PM   Savage nature was on display when a great white shark devoured a seal just a few feet off Alcatraz Island in full view of gawking tourists, the first attack by the ferocious finned predator in the modern history of San Francisco Bay.

Swarming bees on the move in Canberra

  John Johnston from the Beekeepers Association of the ACT places  a swarm of over 60,000 bees into a new hive.

John Thistleton 1:16 PM   Canberra beekeepers on high alert for hive diseases see safety in numbers.

Scientist finds a bird not seen in 50 years – then he kills it

Christopher Filardi, of the American Museum of Natural History, likened the moustached kingfisher to "a creature of myth come to life". Then he "collected" it.

Sarah Kaplan and Justin Wm Moyer 11:45 PM   He likened the moustached kingfisher to 'a creature of myth come to life'. Then he 'collected' it.

Whale calf caught in fishing net off Batemans Bay

The calf after it got trapped in the net.

Kate Aubusson   A humpback whale is refusing to leave her calf as it struggles to extricate itself from a fishing net off the NSW south coast.

Sydney thunderstorms possible for afternoon commute

Stormy season: Lightning hammers Hill end in the NSW Central Tablelands on Sunday.

Peter Hannam   Hail and heavy showers have doused parts of southern Sydney and there is the chance of more storms for those heading home.

Severe thunderstorm for coast

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the NSW south coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the NSW South Coast.

China eyes new coal curbs

China's coal industry faces challenges on multiple fronts.

Philip Wen and Peter Hannam   China is considering aggressive new curbs on coal consumption as it accelerates efforts to transform its economy and tackle climate change.

Hazelwood owner may face criminal charges for mine fire

The open cut mine fire at the Hazelwood plant in Morwell in February 2014.

Tom Arup   The owners of the Hazelwood coal mine could face criminal charges under state environment law for the smoke and ash that smothered the town of Morwell during a dramatic month-long mine fire last year.

The El Nino crisis you’ve never heard of

Matt Wade dinkus Dinkus

Matt Wade   A fresh crisis is brewing in the Horn of Africa and the cause is very familiar to Australians: El Nino.

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Warm weather with a chance of rain

A swamp wallaby eating Blooms of a wattle tree in Tidbinbilla.

Emma Kelly   The first of several possible storms for the weekend passed over Canberra on Friday evening as the Bureau of Meteorology warned of a severe thunderstorm in the region.

Snake bite 'like someone had thrown a rock'

Sarah Adam had a nasty shock on the October long weekend when she found a red-bellied black snake at her feet.

Lucy Cormack   Sarah Adam was buckling her kids into the car when she felt instant pain - 'like someone had thrown a rock'. What had really happened would be much worse.

More heat on the way after record hot start to October

Early-season records fell at many sites during this week's heatwave over southern Australia.

Peter Hannam   Southern Australia smashed heat records this month even without the usual warming in the Red Centre and more hot weather is on the way, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Turnbull government appoints Australia's first wind farm commissioner

The Turnbull government has appointed a wind farm commissioner to handle complaints against the industry.

Tom Arup   Australia's first wind farm commissioner has been appointed by the Turnbull government, with the former chairman of the telecommunications industry watchdog, Andrew Dyer, to take the role for three years.

'Dog elimination day': Bali confronts rabies


Jewel Topsfield   Attempts to control a deadly outbreak of rabies in Bali are not working.

Stunning images of this week's Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis as seen over Derwentwater, near Keswick, in England, on Thursday.

Sarah Kaplan and Fred Barbash   Hundreds of people in northern hemisphere go outside with their cameras in hopes of capturing colourful displays.