Nature

'Pushed back to the Stone Age': massive solar storm missed Earth by just one week

Peter Hannam Modern civilisation came within a week of being “pushed back to the Stone Age” after eruptions in the sun two years ago sent massive clouds of magnetised plasma through the Earth’s...

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Greenpeace Says China's Energy Plans Exacerbate Climate Change

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Edward Wong China's plans for 50 coal gasification plants will produce an estimated 1.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year and contribute significantly to climate change, according to a report released by...

Dogs feel jealous of rival pets, study finds

Pick me! The study suggested a basic instinct in dogs to express displeasure when a rival is seen receiving attention.

Rachel Feltman Your dog wants all of your attention (and it's never enough!) but can your pooch feel jealousy?

Climate models on the mark, Australian-led research finds

A relatively cool period in the El Nino cycles is masking a global heat build-up.

Peter Hannam A common refrain by climate sceptics that surface temperatures have not warmed over the past 17 years, implying climate models predicting otherwise are unreliable, has been refuted by new research...

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Carbon emission challenge will not go away

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Peter Hannam The demise of the carbon price closes one chapter in the tortured tale of Australia’s climate change policy. But the story is far from over.

Back to 'ground zero' with carbon tax repeal

Climate goals will remain a challenge, post-carbon tax.

Peter Hannam The demise of the carbon price closes one chapter in the tortured tale of Australia’s climate change policy but the story is far from over.

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Australia's dry south to become even drier, scientists say

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Inga Ting Southern Australia has been warned to brace for more dry winters as a new study links the drying trend of the past few decades to human-induced changes in greenhouse gas concentrations in the...

UN climate proposal paves way for rich-poor discord

Up for grabs.

Alex Morales The United Nations left open the option for rich and poor nations to remain divided in their obligations on climate change, setting up a conflict over exactly who should cut greenhouse gases.