Nature

Plants to offer minor dimming effect as climate warms: Nature

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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

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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.

Changing nature of a bushwalk in 2070

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

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.

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.

Japan feels another cruel blow of nature

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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.

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...

Freaks of Nature

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

Taming hurricanes

Victoria Bekiempis Stanford engineer proposes using off-shore wind farms to tame hurricanes by capturing their energy.

Wet weather to clear before Canberra's sport filled weekend

Wet Weather around Canberra

Henry Belot Should the Raiders or the Giants record poor crowds on Saturday afternoon they won't be able to blame the snubbing on wet and wild weather as the Brumbies did last week.

Doubts raised over IPCC draft backing carbon extraction

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Many nations want a draft UN report to tone down prospects for sucking greenhouse gases from the air to help fix global warming, reckoning the technologies are risky.

Wet weather to bring up to 50mm of rain to Canberra region

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Ben Westcott Emergency Services have responded to 43 calls for help as parks, sporting fields, roads and dams close.

Time running out to slash fossil fuel use, new IPCC report to say

World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week shows.

Push for NSW to develop world-class walking tracks

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Kirsty Needham Virgin Australia founder Brett Godfrey has approached the NSW government with a proposal to operate the state's first ''great walk'', building private lodges within the Blue Mountains national park.

Shell shock

GOOD WEEKEND. TURTLES. Swimming with turtles on Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture Paul Harris. Monday 3 March 2014

Tim Elliott The sea turtle, one of the earth's oldest creatures, is facing a battle for survival.

Stopping the chainsaws

This photograph taken on February 24, 2014 during an aerial survey mission by Greenpeace at East Kotawaringin district in Central Kalimantan province on Indonesia's Borneo Island, shows cleared trees in a forest located in the concession of Karya Makmur Abadi which is being developed for a palm oil plantation. Environmental group Greenpeace on February 26 accused US consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble of responsibility for the destruction of Indonesian rainforests and the habitat of endangered orangutans and tigers. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO

Michael Bachelard Determined Australian forester Scott Poynton is employing unusual methods in his crusade to get the world's loggers to clean up their act.

Woden rabbits are still thriving

Emma Kelly A rabbit control program on the outskirts of Woden tempting furry pests with poison will close this week, but future measures to combat numbers are on the cards.

International Court of Justice upholds Australia's bid to ban Japanese whaling in Antarctica

Andrew Darby The International Court of Justice has upheld Australia's bid to ban Japan's Antarctic whaling program.