Latest environment news
Andrew Darby 6:00 AM A global marine food chain collapse due to greenhouse gas emissions could hit many popular eating fish, an Australian study has found.
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.
8:09 AM 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.
Sean Cockerham 8:34 AM 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kerrie O'Connor, Stan Gorton, Kate Aubusson, Katie Burgess 2:35 PM Rescuers could attach floating buoys to a humpback whale calf trapped in a fishing net to prevent it diving.
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.
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.
Peter Hannam Hail and heavy showers have doused parts of southern Sydney and there is the chance of more storms for those heading home.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the NSW South Coast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Kaplan and Fred Barbash Hundreds of people in northern hemisphere go outside with their cameras in hopes of capturing colourful displays.
The space race
Karl Quinn It plays like Robinson Crusoe on Mars, but Ridley Scott's edge-of-the-seat sci-fi nail-biter is about our collective struggle for survival.
Andrew Darby 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.