Global warming threatens to strip the identity of Glacier National Park

Michael Wines A century ago, this sweep of mountains on the Canadian border boasted some 150 ice sheets, many of them scores of feet thick, plastered across summits and tucked into rocky fissures high above...

NSW farmers put on a brave face as they battle worst drought in 100 years


Rachel Olding The cracked ground beneath Charles Brett's boots is so dry that even the weeds have capitulated in the fading soil.

Australia's early settlers weathered drought and flooding rains


Bridie Smith Science Editor Researchers have gained an insight into the weather conditions endured by Australia’s early settlers after scouring a diverse collection historical records, some dating back to the First Fleet.

Drought bites deeper across eastern Australia

Lightning Ridge sheep farm, last November.

Peter Hannam A large swathe of eastern Australia, including coastal regions from Coffs Harbour to Bundaberg, is in the midst of its worst dry spell since the Federation Drought more than a century ago, according...

El Nino seen exacerbating drought in south-east Asia

The most-severe drought in 17 years is threatening supplies of palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's biggest producers, and forecasters say an El Nino weather pattern this year may cause...

California banking on El Nino to break severe drought

Brian K. Sullivan California doesn't have much chance for rain in the next five months, and its best opportunity to break the drought there may hinge on the emergence of an El Nino in the Pacific Ocean this year, US...

Drought-struck farmers plead for Interest Rate Subsidy

Georgie Stone NSW farmers in drought-affected areas are urging the government to reinstate the interest rate subsidy, an axed program that helped stop them from falling into deeper debt.

Heatwave heads to Queensland, adding to drought strain


Queensland is braced for yet another scorcher as the drought continues to take hold across the state.

California in grip of 'worst drought in 500 years'

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The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state's drinking water supply.

Weather: Farmers feel the heat as drought advances

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Peter Hannam For grazier Rod Barnes, drought has advanced on his property and those of his neighbours in northern NSW much quicker than anybody expected.

Drought: Rain answers farmers' prayers in north-west NSW

Inga Ting, Bianca Hall Farmers in the state's north-west could be thanking the heavens in coming days for the heaviest rainfall in years in the drought-stricken region.

Tony Abbott flies into drought-affected areas, bringing relief ... and also the rain


Peter Hannam It is said that one way to break a drought is to announce the construction of a monster desalination plant that is thereby doomed to lie dormant as rain fill the reservoirs.

Drought-threatening El Nino event increasingly likely, bureau says

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Peter Hannam The prospects for a hotter and drier than usual year for much of Australia are increasing with the Bureau of Meteorology identifying further signs of an El Nino weather pattern forming in the...

Half of Queensland now in drought, government says

More than half of Queensland is now officially in drought after two more parts of the state were drought-declared on Friday.

Drought relief: $7.6m for Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett


Nicole Hasham Drought-stricken NSW farmers will receive financial help to move stock, access emergency water and address mental health issues as northern parts of the state suffer what is being reported as the...

New Zealand drought to drag on growth

New Zealand is experiencing its most widespread drought in at least 30 years, the government said today, as dry conditions across the North Island threaten economic growth.

Farm incomes face drought


Damien Murphy With rainfall at record low levels, farmers across Australia are facing some of the toughest drought conditions in years.

'You're better off with drought than you are with floods'

Melissa Davey For the past 10 years Col Dabelstein has been exhibiting produce from south-east Queensland in the agricultural competition at the Royal Easter Show.

Weak El Nino eases drought fears

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The US government forecaster has issued its most definitive report since first raising the El Nino alert three months ago, forecasting a weak phenomenon that will last until the Northern Hemisphere...

Amazon drought threatens to speed warming

Damian Carrington SCIENTISTS fear billions of tree deaths in the Amazon caused by drought could turn the forest from a carbon sink to a carbon source.