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.

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.

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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Homes lost as deadly bushfires sweep through NSW

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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.

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...

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

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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.

Stranded whale makes move back to deep water

The southern right whale stranded at Lakes Entrance.

Alana Schetzer A whale stranded near Lakes Entrance for more than 24 hours has made moves back into the deep water.

Southern right's sting is in its tail

Andrew Darby No teeth. Just a bunch of baleen to filter food. No speed. It's slow enough for an entire ecosystem of barnacles and crabs to live aboard.

Satellites may reduce flood risks from melting glaciers

In a warming world, the threat of "glacial lake outburst floods" is becoming increasingly urgent.

Portland inundated as wet conditions persist

Caroline Zielinski Heavy rainfall and torrid winds have caused chaos in Victoria's south-west, resulting in the collapse of a major road, the closure of others and flooded homes.

Wealthy US coastal enclaves battle surging seas

Ten months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the north-eastern US, coastal communities are shoring up their homes to limit a surge in insurance premiums and the damage from future weather furies.

Fires burn across NSW

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James Robertson Fire crews are fighting more than 20 out-of-control blazes across NSW, after winds and high temperatures combined to cause havoc across the state.

Water supply at risk

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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.

Mongolia eyes renewable energy as climate warms

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Mongolia is aiming to turn itself into a regional renewable energy hub as it tries to fight off the pressures of global warming.

Greens propose $26m worth of new ACT wetlands

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

Lisa Cox The ACT Greens have announced a multi-million dollar election promise for Canberra's lakes and wetlands.

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Power needs muddy the water for farmers

Farmers and green groups worry about water flowing into the  Latrobe River.

Vince Chadwick and Adam Morton Farming and green groups express concern about the 'dirty, muddy, yellow' state of a Victorian river after an open-cut coalmine was given emergency approval to dump floodwater into it.

Dutch water resources at risk from pollution, climate change

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The Netherlands, almost a fifth of which is covered by lakes, rivers and dikes, may be unable to use surface waters as a source for drinking water by 2050 due to the changing climate and contaminants.

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.