Erosion

Widespread beach erosion leaves surf clubs in deep water

Jonathan Swan Andrew Jones has watched the ocean swallow his beach. During the past 18 months, from the porch of the Taree Old Bar Surf Club, he has seen about ''60 to 70 metres of beach frontage'' disappear.

Storm rages over council coast erosion powers

Brian Robins The state's coastal erosion legislation continues to cause controversy even before it returns to Parliament this week, as criticism mounts that local councils are being given too much control.

Vanuatu climate worries rise as aid cut off

Peter Hannam Vanuatu’s weather patterns are changing as the planet warms up, undermining the island nation’s ability to feed itself, according to Shirley Laban, Oxfam’s climate change manager...

Al Gore gives Melbourne a taste of Climate Reality

Al Gore speaks at a training session program for green evangelists in Melbourne.

Konrad Marshall When the delirious woots and whistles finally died down, former US vice-president and now climate change rock star Al Gore stood with remote in hand, slideshow at the ready.

Statue of Liberty, other US landmarks threatened by climate change

Liberty

Climate change and sea level rise are threatening historic US landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to NASA's coastal rocket launch sites, and the nation needs to prepare, scientists say.

NSW state budget 2014 pays scant attention to climate change, coal seam gas

More resources set aside for fire fighting.

Peter Hannam Two of the biggest environment issues – climate change and coal seam gas – are all but ignored in this year's state budget with neither terms appearing in the 511-page budget estimates 2014-15 tome.

Deer to be culled by hunters in parks, including Sherbrooke Forest

Fallow deer

Darren Gray Hunters will be authorised to shoot and kill up to 220 deer at three parks near Melbourne under a culling program to be managed by Parks Victoria.

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Great Barrier Reef faced with irreversible damage

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Peter Hannam The Great Barrier Reef will be irreversibly damaged by climate change in just 16 years, according to leading reef researcher Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.

The endless summer? We have some bad news as surf fades away

Surf

Damien Murphy, Amanda Hoh Every surfer who pulled up at a beach to check the waves has known the universal disappointment that goes with being told ''you should have been here yesterday''.

China counts rising cost of climate change

China

Climate change fuelled storm waves and rising sea levels cost China 16.3 billion yuan ($2.9 bln) and killed 121 people in 2013, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said.

Ten ways you personally will notice the effects of climate change

heat wave photo

Fiona Johnson On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report on the impacts of global warming. Here are 10 practical effects of climate change that you might feel in the home.

Storing solar power is the key to cutting energy bills, CSIRO says

Boilover: Gas prices are forecast to rise steeply in the near future.

Peter Hannam The electricity market is in for a shake-up.

Hotter climate could turn sea turtles all-girl

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Peter Hannam Sea turtles are likely to be beneficiaries of a warming climate as hotter incubation conditions trigger a rising share of female hatchlings that could lift natural rates of population growth, new...

Forest fires worsen global warming to thaw Greenland's ice

Greenland melt speeds up.

Forest fires and global warming caused an extreme melt of Greenland's ice in 2012, according to a study on Monday that said such thaws may happen almost yearly by 2100, threatening the survival of...

Marine parks: overfishing concern if O'Farrell government overturns line-fishing ban

Shark

Anna Patty Marine conservationist Attila Kaszo fears for the survival of some fish species if the state government pushes ahead this week with a decision to lift a ban on recreational fishing in protected...

Bondi under siege as swelling ocean seeps into suburbs

Bondi Beach

Nicole Hasham, Peter Hannam Bondi beach will shrink to a thin ribbon of sand and extreme storm surges would reach the top of its concrete sea wall, research commissioned by the local council shows.

40,000 years old, and counting - Sorrento's giant wombat, the diprotodontid

Diprotodontid

Bridie Smith The fossilised skeleton of a giant marsupial the size of a small car has been found near Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.

Risks grow for Antarctic life

Antarctic Krill.

Andrew Darby Turns out it's the little things we need to worry about in climate change. When they are in trouble a great polar ecosystem might also be having problems.

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Stressed krill first sign of damage

Colourful Krill.

Andrew Darby Turns out it's the little things we need to worry about in climate change.

'We are killing Moreton Bay'

Moreton Bay

Tony Moore Moreton Bay's waterways will die within 20 years if more isn't done to protect the health of the bay, a leading Australian water scientist has warned.

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