James Robertson

James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Cooler conditions help firefighters as blaze burns out of control in Blue Mountains

James Robertson Firefighters in the Blue Mountains are being aided by cooler conditions as they continue to fight an out-of-control blaze that claimed one home on Saturday.

Above average temperatures consign doonas to the cupboard


James Robertson A few days out from the Anzac Day dividing line used by many, Sydney is deciding whether it's time to get out the doona.

Metgasco's gas exploration well delayed after protesters block entrance to Bentley site

Bentley Blockade.

James Robertson About 2000 people gathered to block the path of miners on a rural property north of Lismore on Monday morning.

Blue bottle numbers on the rise on Sydney beaches

James Robertson After a summer unusually unaffected by bluebottles, Sydney's least favourite sea organisms are making for shore after being blown in on the vagaries of the currents and prevailing north-easterly...

Fires burn across NSW


James Robertson Fire crews are fighting more than 20 out-of-control blazes across NSW, after winds and high temperatures combined to cause havoc across the state.

Bushfires threaten Sydney's western suburbs

RFS brigade abandons a truck during a burn over on Londonerry rd

Lisa Davies, Nick Ralston, James Robertson City office workers might have complained about smoke in their eyes and nostrils on Tuesday afternoon but on Sydney's north-western fringe, firefighters were engaged in a running battle to save lives...

Sex and the city: numbers rise as rabbits hop to it

Rabbits at Balmoral Oval, Balmoral Beach.

James Robertson Rabbits, increasingly inured to human poison, are on the run across Sydney.

Feathers and fur at home next to filing cabinets

Tonielle Risley

James Robertson Animals are joining brushed concrete floors and whimsical furniture as a marker of the truly modern workplace.

Fearless six aim to recreate the Shackleton trip

Tim Jarvis

James Robertson, Andrew Darby SIX British and Australian adventurers are about to recreate one of the greatest journeys of human survival.

Snowy cuts threaten river's delicate health, say Greens

James Robertson THE state government has cut a program for monitoring the ecological health of the Snowy River.

Key saving strategy bounces back after a pink battering

James Robertson Home insulation, much maligned for its association with the scrapped government stimulus program, has helped propel a startling reduction in household energy use.

It's raining on cicadas' parade but spiders and others loving the wet

Golden Orb weavers at Cooper Park in Woolahra.

James Robertson For most insects, a rainy summer gives life. Many smaller species such as termites, flies and some ants do especially well in unseasonable wet conditions.

Say it with flowers but don't expect everything to be rosy

Flower grower Cos Demasi with a crop of Lisianthus flowers at his Cecil Park property.

James Robertson Australian flower crops, struggling to bloom through a dark and damp summer, are under threat this Valentine's Day from foreign imports.

Electrical storm causes widespread train delays


James Robertson An electrical storm knocked out a large section of the Western and Blue Mountains railway lines yesterday, delaying hundreds of passengers.

Gloom and boom - Sydney counts the cost of a shocking summer

Ice cream

Erik Jensen, James Robertson Joe Girgenti has been driving ice-cream vans for 26 years. But his five trucks have spent much of the past few months tucked under a carport. ''It's been the worst summer that I've had,'' he said.

More rain as city's hopes of summer fade to grey


James Robertson Sydney left behind its coldest January in more than a decade yesterday.

Muggy weather performing a classic fiddle on prized violins

Kingsford, Sydney. Violin maker and repairer, Mr Zai Sheng, has to repair more violins, due to the summer humidity. Photo: Quentin Jones. 30 Jan 2012.

James Robertson Humidity levels up to 80 per cent are expected this week and the confluence of heat and damp is a serious problem for classical musicians.

Petrol switch to leave 750,000 motorists out of pocket

Noeleen Roche and her 1998 purple Daewoo Lanos.

James Robertson Up to 750,000 drivers in NSW will be forced to pay at least $150 more for petrol each year when the government bans regular unleaded petrol in July.

Enthusiastic youngsters keep a lid on beach rubbish

Hayley Burgess and Taylor Crowther

James Robertson Fifteen sunscreened children assemble on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. Do they know why they're here?

Green fuel fails to meet emissions standards


James Robertson, Jessica Wright The NSW government's plan to ban regular unleaded fuel has been thrown into doubt by the revelation that the state's only ethanol producer, Manildra, has failed the government's clean fuel test, with...