Nature

IEA expects $1.7 trillion in clean-energy investments through 2020

Stefan Nicola Investments in new clean-energy capacity will total $US1.61 trillion ($1.72 trillion) through 2020 even as the expansion of renewables is expected to slow, the International Energy Agency said.

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...

Changing nature of a bushwalk in 2070

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Freaks of Nature

two-headed calf.

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

Newcastle coal port bidder accused of treating pollution limits as 'optional'

Peter Hannam The main proponent of a major expansion of Newcastle’s coal exports has breached its pollution licence conditions 75 times in the past three years, according to documents obtained by the Nature...

The tiny terrors at the bottom of the harbour

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Heath Gilmore Tiny fragments and threads of plastic have been found for the first time among the smallest grains of sand at the bottom of Sydney Harbour, potentially poisoning fish and other sea life.

Methane is discovered seeping from seafloor off US east coast, Scientists Say

Methane leak may help scientists understand future global warming impacts

Henry Fountain Scientists have discovered methane gas bubbling from the seafloor in an unexpected place: off the East Coast of the United States where the continental shelf meets the deeper Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic slows global warming with temperature rises seen resuming from 2030

Where did the heat go? Atlantic is one place, scientists say.

The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from around 2030 and spur fast temperature rises,...

City spiders are getting bigger - but that's a good thing

Co-author and PhD student in Ecology at University of Sydney, Lizzy Lowe.

Lizzy Lowe, University of Sydney and Dieter Hochuli, University of Sydney New research shows some spiders are getting larger and even doing better in cities than in their natural habitats.

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Keystone XL could mean more carbon emissions than estimated: study

Neela Banerjee Building the Keystone XL pipeline could lead to as much as four times more greenhouse gas emissions than the State Department has estimated, according to a study published in the journal Nature...

South Africa to evacuate hundreds of rhinos

White rhino in Kruger

South Africa plans to evacuate hundreds of rhino from Kruger National Park to safe havens out of horn smugglers' reach.