It's time for the Baird government to link national carbon goals to NSW's planning rules, the EDO says.
Peter Hannam is Environment Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. He covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.
The southern half of Australia awoke to a deep winter chill on Thursday but the worst of the Antarctic blast is quickly passing.
Pressure is building beneath the surface of one of the world's most densely populated nations, scientists say.
NSW regulators do not routinely test coal seam gas wells after they have been plugged and abandoned, relying instead on ''technical reports'' by the companies that the wells pose no threat.
NSW is where scientists are especially worried, with proposed changes "likely to greatly increase the amount of deforestation and loss of habitat".
Taiwan is bracing for the full impact of super typhoon Nepartak, a monster category-five strength storm bringing torrential rain.
NSW will likely cop its third buffeting from an east coast low in five weeks but there is some good news.
Political uncertainty after the weekend's indecisive federal elections could further hinder Australia's development of business tools needed to tackle climate change, leaving it lagging further behind other nations, analysts say.
Signs that the gas industry may be uncorking a new climate genie are growing.
It's only the second July federal election in Australian history - but the weather signs are good.