Chemicals blamed for the vanishing monarch butterfly

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.

Rangers close roads reluctantly as snow falls in Namadgi National Park

Near blizzard conditions while closing roads along Mount Franklin Road heading to Bulls Head Picnic area in Namadgi National Park with ACT parks Senior Ranger Darren Roso.
The Canberra Times
24 June 2014
Photo Jay Cronan

John Thistleton ACT Parks and Conservation rangers protect snow-covered ground from four-wheel drivers.

Geo-engineering no solution to dangerous climate change, study finds


Peter Hannam Greening deserts in Australia and North Africa with millions of trees would only have a modest impact on climate change, with potentially significant side-effects, new international research finds.

Archaeology and the national identity

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National Gallery of Australia, Archaeologist, Dr Mike Smith with a painting of Morgan the Camel, which he has taken on trips through the Australian Desert.. 
23 Jan 2013
Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra Times


Ron Cerabona Dr Mike Smith's colleagues wanted to mark his career with a festschrift - a collection of essays by academics published in his honour.

Snapped and trapped: flesh-eaters take over gardens

Greg Bourke

Julie Power They eat shrew poo and rats, they trap bees and cockroaches, they absorb tiny insects whole, but perversely have little taste for mosquitoes.

Pakistan hit by 7.8-magnitude quake, killing 45 and forming mountain-like island in Arabian Sea

Pakistani quake island likely a mud volcano (Thumbnail)

A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake has hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey says.

Human activity altering rainfall patterns, satellite data shows

Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Captured: Saturday 5 March 2011 06:30 UTC. SHD News. 5 March 2011

Nicky Phillips Human activities are altering rainfall patterns across the global, a world first study using satellite data has found.

What the world would look like if all the ice melts

Australia if the ice caps were to melt

Peter Hannam It seems Charles Sturt, Thomas Mitchell and other early European explorers tramping the scorching deserts of Australia in search of an inland sea were a few thousand years too early.

Another dust storm on the cards, but with a silver lining

Mercury.News.Dust Storm.A dust laden sky at sunrise on Bells Point looking down to Austinmer beach Austinmer.Pic.Kirk Gilmour. 23rd September 2009 SPECIAL 00091929

Max Mason The return of the red haze. It may sound like a 1960s horror movie, but red dust storms such as those that engulfed Sydney and much of Australia's east coast in 2009, could be about to make a...

The last refuge


'No one is allowed to sleep until we find it.'' Ecologist Dr James Smith is half joking but the force of his voice suggests he is determined, even a bit desperate.

Science creates 'supersoldier' ants with ancient genes

Supersoldier ant

Nightmarish "supersoldier" ants with huge heads and jaws have been created by activating ancient genes that trigger their development.

Historic month for wild weather in US

US government meteorologists say April was a historic month for wild weather in the US, and it was not just the killer tornado outbreak that set records.

Plugging into algal power


Peter Spinks THEY are vanishingly small, quite unremarkable under a microscope and anything but exotic. Yet microalgae, found anywhere from oceans, lakes and swamps to soils, rocks and icy mountain tops, are the...

'Red Adair of well drilling' embarks on final battle to save stricken Gulf

John Wright

Jacqui Goddard He is the man in whose hands many fortunes rest. From global stock markets to crippled coastal communities, from the White House to BP's boardrooms, his every move is awaited anxiously as he executes...