Nature

US Republicans' task: how to fight nature while denying climate change

Toluse Olorunnipa When Florida's Governor Rick Scott won re-election November 4, he triumphed over both his Democratic challenger and California billionaire Thomas Steyer, who spent $US20 million painting him as a...

Nature turns up the heat just in time for G20

Brisbane is about to broil - just in time for the G20.

Peter Hannam At this weekend’s G20 summit, it may well be a case of “Don’t mention the warmth!”

Nature's wonders beat wild weather

Surfers are required to stay at least 100 metres away from whales.

Surf and snow coaxed a few surprise guests out of hibernation on Sunday.

Pet of the week: Friendly nature will win hearts

Barney, a seven-month-old mixed breed, is already a big boy and he's still got some growing to do. However, this gentle giant has a big heart and with his friendly nature and gorgeous attitude...

Plants to offer minor dimming effect as climate warms: Nature

Generic garden, gardening, flowers, planting, plant, plants, flower, flowers.

Plants help to slow climate change by emitting gases as temperatures rise that lead to the formation of a sunshade of clouds over the planet, scientists say.

Habitats to shrink without carbon curbs: Nature

rainforest

The habitats of many common plants and animals will shrink dramatically this century unless governments act quickly to cut rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said after studying 50,000...

Rising heat to increase NY deaths: Nature study

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Manhattan may see deaths from heat rise by as much as 20 percent in the 2020s and 90% by the 2080s in a worst-case scenario, a study found.

Merlin Crossley

Season's meetings - be first to spot nature's New Year arrivals

Green Grocer Cicada.

None of us will be the first to land on the moon or to climb Mount Everest. It's too late for that. But it's not too late to see the first caper white butterfly that will fly through Sydney in 2013.

Changing nature of a bushwalk in 2070

Ben Cubby GOING for a bushwalk in the year 2070 will be an almost unrecognisable experience.

Living with nature's original sin

Enviro-Reformation.

Michael Duffy It's been suggested that passionate environmentalism is a bit like religion. It has its own sense of original sin, the belief that the New World was once a pristine and stable wilderness that was...

Japan feels another cruel blow of nature

A car and pedestrians.

Japan has issued evacuation advisories for more than 180,000 people in central Niigata region and tsunami-hit Fukushima, as heavy rains triggered floods that left five missing.

John Garnaut

What nature didn't bury, it sucked back out to sea

John Garnaut The satellite photo tells me there is a town of 17,000 people ahead. It is lying. There's nothing there at all.

Canny grain growers let nature take its course

Daniel Lewis When flooding rains played havoc with their traditional sugar cane and soya bean crops, northern rivers farmers such as Tony Carusi used to wistfully joke about growing water-hungry rice.

Sydney heatwave and New York snowstorm: how to read the world's weird weather

A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20.

Peter Hannam Blistering heat across Australia, frigid conditions across much of the continental US – what’s going on?

Freaks of Nature

two-headed calf.

In recent years, there's been a marked increase in cases of animals with genetic mutations.

World Parks Congress: call to extend no-take share of marine protected areas

Callsto extend

Peter Hannam The world’s oceans need expanded regions where fishing is barred to help preserve fragile ecosystems and protect them from “a silent storm” driven by climate change.

Great white shark pulled from nets at Bondi Beach

A shark caught in shark nets off Bondi Beach

Megan Levy A great white shark has been pulled from the nets surrounding Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Australian bid to get Japanese tuna boats to curb albatross deaths fails

A wandering albatross, caught on a longline hook, is dragged under water.

Andrew Darby An Australian attempt to make Japanese boats fishing for bluefin tuna take steps to reduce the numbers of albatrosses they kill in the process has failed.

Hopes green rocks, droplets will slow global warming

Climate change is prompting the search for some unconventional solutions.

Henry Fountain The solution to global warming, Olaf Schuiling says, lies beneath our feet.

Australia's environment is 'going backwards', green alliance says

Reef wonders won't last if temperatures keep rising, report says.

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...