Nature

Nature's wonders beat wild weather

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.

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.

Freaks of Nature

two-headed calf.

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

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change, study finds

Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.

Marine reserves ditched despite tide of research

NSW government abandons environmental sanctuaries: Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Judith Friedlander Governments are backtracking on a network of marine reserves which scientists believe are crucial to preserving ocean biodiversity.

Twin solar storms head towards Earth

Expect some disruption to radio and satellite communications from a burst of solar activity.

Two big explosions on the surface of the sun will cause a moderate to strong geomagnetic storm on Earth in the coming days, possibly disrupting radio and satellite communications, scientists say.

EPA has lost community's trust, inquiry told

Narrabri grazier Tony Pickard has reported suspected contamination of water by Santos.

Peter Hannam The NSW Environment Protection Authority has been “captured by industry” and starved of the resources needed to do its job, according to submissions to an inquiry into the agency.

Victoria signs draft deal handing environmental powers to the states

Great Barrier Reef

Tom Arup A draft deal to hand over national environmental approval powers for new mines, ports and other major projects to the states has been signed between the federal and Victorian governments.

Mysterious creatures found near Bass Strait coast have scientists puzzled

Tiny, jellyfish-like Dendrogramma species could represent a major new category in the animal kingdom.

Patrick Begley An early branch on the tree of life is discovered.

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.