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Heat to stay on CSIRO climate cuts amid claims PM was 'blindsided'

Peter Hannam   Leading scientists will use a national conference to appeal to the Turnbull government to intervene to reverse plans by the CSIRO to eliminate most of its climate roles amid claims the Prime Minister was "blindsided" by the move.

Curtain descends on AGL's 'comedy of errors'

Not so welcome: AGL sheds its coal seam gas ambitions.

Peter Hannam   How energy giant AGL - even with unwavering government support - met its match against determined local opposition to coal seam gas.

Victorian Environment Minister hits out at EPA over Hazelwood charges delay

The fire at the Hazelwood open-cut mine in 2014.

Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville has hit out at the state's pollution watchdog saying she is disappointed it is still weeks away from making a decision about whether to press charges against the owners of Hazelwood over the 2014 brown coal mine fire disaster.

Hazelwood facing workplace safety charges for 2014 mine fire

The open cut mine fire at Hazelwood plant near Morwell.

Tom Arup   Victoria's workplace safety watchdog has laid charges against the Hazelwood Power Corporation for the 2014 coal mine fire which shrouded the town of Morwell in ash and smoke and sparked a massive firefighting effort.

Victorious anti-CSG campaigners point finger at approval process

Pulling out the stops: who oversees the regulators to ensure the community gets a look in?

Peter Hannam   AGL's decision to dump its coal seam gas projects in NSW came despite unflinching support from state agencies, members of an anti-CSG group said.

CSIRO cuts under fire

Senior CSIRO scientist John Church: cuts will make it difficult for Australia to uphold its part of the Paris deal.

​Australia will break a commitment made at the Paris climate summit less than two months ago if CSIRO goes ahead with its plan to axe its research programs, one of the agency's leading scientists has warned.

Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a visit to CSIRO in December.

Peter Hannam   Fears that some of Australia's most important climate research institutions will be gutted under a Turnbull government have been realised with deep job cuts for scientists.

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 10:39 PM   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.

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.

New spider species named after Johnny Cash

The late country music legend Johnny Cash, who has had a tarantula named after him.

11:55 AM   It is big, hairy, and if one sinks its fangs in you it will burn, burn, burn like a ring of fire.

CSIRO executives asked to justify deep cuts to climate science

An autonomous underwater vehicle preparing to take high-res images of a coral reef.

Peter Hannam 11:48 AM   Senior CSIRO executives spent much of Sunday trying to justify and prioritise deep cuts planned to climate change science programs that are understood to have caught Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by surprise.

Five-metre great white shark filmed off NSW coast

A five-metre great white shark filmed with a GoPro camera by Michael Muscat from the charter boat Tru-Dee V off Narooma ...

Footage has emerged of a five-metre-plus great white shark swimming around game fishing boats off Narooma on the NSW Far South Coast.

Why is Tasmania's world heritage area burning?

A cushion plant after the fire.

A rising frequency of fires in Tasmania's wilderness threatens to destroy irreplaceable ancient ecosystems.

Urban sprawl crushing Sydney's food bowl

Tony Biffin on the family-run Biffin Dairy in Cawdor near Camden.

The share of vegetables grown in the city's food basin is heading for a crash.

The mystery of the dying whales: 29 sperm whales wash up on beaches

Three of the eight sperm whales to have washed up on the mud flats near Dithmarschen, Germany.

Sarah Young   A sixth sperm whale has died on a British beach, the latest of nearly 30 to have become stranded in shallow waters of the North Sea over the past month.

Meerkat pups stand up for their species

Aren't I cute? Taronga Zoo is celebrating the birth of its first meerkat pups in nearly seven years.

Taronga's newest babies are only a month old, but they're already practising to be sentries, trying to stand up on their hind legs.

First tuatara reptile hatched outside New Zealand in decades

A tuatara at the Southland Museum at Invercargill, New Zealand.

The first tuatara reptile to be bred outside its native New Zealand in decades has been born in an English zoo.

Snake v goanna contest caught on camera

Snake v goanna, Urandangi-style.

Reptiles seen near flood waters in Queensland's west.

How many of the world's cruellest tourist attractions have you seen?

Tigers used for tourist photo opportunities are often “chained up, they have claws removed and sometimes they are drugged."

Some of your fondest travel memories may just be some of the cruellest tourist attractions around the world.


AGL's belated exit from coal seam gas leaves Santos exposed in Pilliga

Next stop: Anti-CSG protesters at a Santos CSG well in the Pilliga.

Peter Hannam   The company executives with most to worry about after AGL's ditching of CSG belong to Santos.

CSIRO scientists to learn fate after more deep cuts to climate units

Antarctic research is among areas of climate science that is expected to be hit by the CSIRO cuts.

Peter Hannam   Some of Australia's leading climate scientists will learn on Friday whether they still have a job when CSIRO managers provide details of savage cuts to their units.

Baird gas plan 'dead in the water' as AGL gives up on coal seam gas

Gas plan now at risk.

Peter Hannam   Anti-coal seam gas groups have declared the Baird government's plans to develop a gas industry in the state "dead in the water" after energy giant AGL announced it would exit the controversial sector.

CSIRO cuts: from climate denial to climate outsourcing

Stormy times for the CSIRO: On board RV Investigator .

If the Abbott era was about climate-change denial it seems that with the Turnbull zeitgeist it is all about climate-change outsourcing.

Rainfall drop, cable failure leave Tasmania scrambling for electricity

Hydro Tasmania's Gordon Dam - when Lake Gordon was full.

Peter Hannam   Tasmania's reservoirs have only enough water to supply four months' worth of the state's power supplies after an extended dry spell and the failure of the main power link to the mainland has made things worse.

Snow leopard DNA found in Chinese medicine sold in Australia

Snow Leopard DNA has been found in a traditional Chinese medicine, sold in Adelaide.

Chinese medicine purchased over the counter in Australia has been found to contain the DNA of endangered species. 

AGL exits NSW, Queensland coal seam gas in major win for opponents

Australian actor Michael Caton supporting an anti-AGL CSG protest.

Peter Hannam   Energy giant AGL has decided to cut its losses in the troubled coal seam gas sector, announcing that it will end all exploration and production of natural gas.