Peter Hannam The Baird government has tightened vegetation clearing rules in fire-prone areas less than four months after their introduction after being flooded with calls about unnecessary culling of trees in Sydney’s suburbs.
Cameron Atfield Queensland researchers have started analysing half a million photographs in a bid to understand and, hopefully, improve the health of coral reeds around the world.
Dan Harrison Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she does not believe the Great Barrier Reef is threatened, insisting Australia is doing everything possible to protect the environmental icon.
Peter Hannam Scientists say the Great Barrier Reef will be “slaughtered” this century as seas warm and become more acidic, dismissing comments by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that the reef was not at risk.
Megan Levy A great white shark has been pulled from the nets surrounding Bondi Beach in Sydney.
Patrick Begley Bucky the bottlenose dolphin - a 45-year-old entertainer and cancer survivor - has found himself at the centre of a bitter, decade-long battle of wills.
Peter Hannam Two NSW conservation areas have been named on a list of world-class protected areas, the only state in Australia to earn the accolade from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Josh Gordon, State Political Editor Union intervention has caused Labor to backtrack on a new national park proposal.
Steve Jacobs Taronga Zoo is celebrating its first successful birth of a ghost bat pup in 15 years.
Peter Hannam Environment Minister Greg Hunt has been taken to task for claiming 36 per cent of Australia's marine areas are protected by law.
Peter Hannam The condition of three of Australia’s 14 World Heritage sites is of “significant concern”, including the Great Barrier Reef, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature
James Robertson The state government has blocked controversial proposed reforms of the state's native vegetation laws that would have watered down penalties for obstructing officials enforcing the law.
Peter Hannam Pressure is mounting on the Baird government to declare Sydney Harbour and surrounding coastal regions a marine park.
Peter Hannam The Baird government has announced vulnerable wetlands in northern NSW will become the state’s newest national park – Everlasting Swamp.
Esther Han A Sydney auction house has withdrawn black rhinoceros horns from a sale scheduled for this Friday, just an hour after animal conservationists launched a social media campaign demanding the items be removed.
Polar bears, whales, sharks and gazelles were among 31 new species granted new protection status by a UN conservation body, following six days of "intense" talks by leading conservationists.
Peter Hannam Almost half of Australia’s terrestrial ecosystems are threatened, all but 15 per cent of rivers has been modified and twice as many Australians die from air pollution annually as in road accidents, according to a report on the state of the country’s environment.
Steve Jacobs The birth of a tiny male gorilla at Taronga Zoo is good news for his embattled species, which struggling against Ebola and the loss of habitat from illegal mining for a mineral used in mobile phones.
Peter Hannam A helicopter has shifted 17 tonnes of logs into the heart of the Mulgoa Nature Reserve near Penrith in a bid to provide potential homes for tiny mammals.
Peter Hannam The Abbott government appears poised to fast-track the approval of plans to dump millions of tonnes of dredge from a coal port expansion on to internationally significant wetlands.
Conservationists say they have brought giant tortoises found on the Galapagos island of Espanola back from the brink of extinction, gaining a foothold strong enough to allow humans to leave the reptiles alone.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The annual migration of the monarchs, one of the most inspiring natural phenomena on the planet, may be coming to an end.
Drazen Jorgic A rare northern white rhino has died in Kenya, a wildlife conservancy said on Saturday, leaving just six of the animals left alive and bringing the famed African species one step closer to extinction.
Bridie Smith An Australian ladybird beetle scientists presumed extinct for decades has come "back from the dead" after an amateur naturalist spotted more than 40 of the yellow and black bugs at a national park in western Victoria.
Steve Jacobs A Taronga Zoo staffer has become surrogate dad to a wallaby joey whose mother was killed by a car near Sydney.
Veronica Rocha Jeff Thomason's record-breaking catch of a 367-kilogram mako shark with a bow and arrow has netted a school of criticism on social media.
Nicky Phillips If you consider the consequences of global warming, it's always the major impacts that receive the most attention - glaciers melting, sea levels rising, more frequent and more intense bush fires, floods and cyclones.