Lakes

Manmade lakes to hold water from coal seam gas wells

Ben Cubby Artificial lakes will hold millions of litres of contaminated water in the Pilliga district, in north-western NSW.

Fear fish-killing pathogen will spread from Yerrabi Pond to Murrumbidgee River

The Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin.

John Thistleton Anglers are being advised not to transfer small boats from Yerrabi Pond into other waterways to avoid spreading deadly pathogens that may be responsible for killing large numbers of Murray cod.

Our opportunity to improve environmental protection must not be lost

The layers of legislation regarding environmental management are overly complex and inconsistent.

Peter Cosier, John Williams, Lesley Hughes Maintenance of native vegetation and the habitat it provides is the cornerstone of all our strategies to manage land, water and biodiversity.

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Remove shark nets, introduce mining bans: green groups' wish list for NSW

Koala in NSW

Peter Hannam The Coalition governments under Barry O’Farrell and Mike Baird have “declared war on the environment” since taking office in 2011, according to nine leading green groups in the...

Tambo tailings dam raises environmental fears

Lake St Barbara, an old tailings dam at the head the of the Tambo River.

Tom Arup A tailings dam near the head of the Tambo River in Victoria’s east would be dramatically expanded under plans for a new copper and zinc mine, prompting fears from environmentalists about...

Sydney weather: Record warmth caps a mild, dry July

Late July feels more like late spring.

Peter Hannam Sydney basked in its warmest July weather in almost a quarter of a century on Thursday, with the city enjoying conditions more like late-spring rather than mid-winter, meteorologists say.

Bushfire danger period starts early for much of NSW

Castlereagh blaze.

Peter Hannam The threat of another early fire season in NSW has prompted the Rural Fire Service to bring forward its bushfire danger period for a large part of the state.

US already seeing wide impact of climate change, major study finds

Swollen river waters in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2013.

The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in...

Global warming raises risks of more deadly Everest-like avalanches, researchers say

Everest

Mountaineering tourism in Nepal faces a threat from global warming as melting glaciers feed the risk of more deadly disasters such as the avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 people last month,...

Anglers warned to look out for illegal yabby traps in ACT waterways

Megan Gorrey Canberra anglers have been urged to look out for illegal yabby traps which have been spotted in territory tackle shops, and pose a serious threat to native wildlife.

Rescued sea turtle a long way from home

Green Sea Turtle in Lakes Entrance

Bridie Smith A green sea turtle estimated to be at least 90 years old was the surprise guest among holidaymakers gathered at Ninety Mile Beach over New Year's Eve.

Scientists tell government fishing ban in marine parks must be reinstated

fishing

Peter Hannam, Lucy Cormack More than 200 marine scientists have called on the O'Farrell government to reinstate a ban on recreational fishing in coastal waters with high conservation values.

Carp - if you can’t beat 'em, eat 'em

Joshua ?Migotto, 12, carries ?the ?11.76kg ?carp ?caught by his father Peter Migotto,

It’s the most popular freshwater table fish in the world, with million of tonnes harvested annually for human consumption.

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Python in the dog house after eating family pet

snake eats dog.

Megan Levy A large python has swallowed a pet dog that was chained up inside its kennel in a backyard in northern NSW.

Melting moments: Peru's disappearing glacier draws dwindling crowds

In its heyday, the Pastoruri glacier in central Peru, drew daily throngs of tourists packed into dozens of double-decker buses 5,0000 meters high into the Andes to ski, build snowmen and scale its...

Water supply at risk

river

Nicole Hasham Radical new rules for assessing large mining projects in NSW risk serious damage to Sydney's drinking water supply, the government agency set up to protect water quality has warned.

Homes lost as deadly bushfires sweep through NSW

fire

Staff Reporters Hundreds of homes are feared lost as the worst bushfires in more than a decade swept across the state on Thursday.

Bushfires in NSW 'worst in more than a decade'

NSW RFS Crews

NSW would be lucky to survive Thursday's fires, the worst in more than 10 years, with fewer than 100 homes destroyed. By late today, emergencies warnings had been declared in seven areas.

Sir David names the top 10 endangered species for his ark

Sir David Attenborough

Richard Gray, London Sir David Attenborough has chosen some lesser-known species for attention.

'This is serious': New York evacuated as 'Frankenstorm' Sandy bears down

Frankenstorm.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered the compulsory evacuation of 375,000 people in low-lying areas threatened by Hurricane Sandy.