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Government places ban on red gum logging

Brian Robins STATE POLITICS Logging of Riverina red gums will stop from the middle of the year, in a pre-election about-face from a state government keen to bolster its environmental credentials.

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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Conflict in paradise: unlikely Australian eco-warrior clashes with locals over fate of green sea turtles

Milne Bay

Jared Lynch An unlikely eco-warrior is on a mission to preserve an endangered species on a lonely Coral Sea atoll.

Remove shark nets, introduce mining bans: green groups' wish list for NSW

Koala in NSW

Peter Hannam The Coalition governments under Barry O’Farrell and Mike Baird have “declared war on the environment” since taking office in 2011, according to nine leading green groups in the...

Shellfish reefs to be restored in Port Phillip Bay

The Great Barrier Reef

Darren Gray Shellfish reefs will be established on the bottom of Port Phillip Bay in a landmark project that aims to improve marine habitats in Victoria's unique body of water.

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.

Coastal flooding has surged along US east coast: Reuters study

Extreme events such as superstorm Sandy mask background sea-levels rises in US.

Coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, a Reuters analysis finds.

Victoria weather calms after wild Tuesday

Wind

Caroline Zielinski Victorians - thousands still without power - are mopping up after an icy, cyclone-like storm thrashed the state causing transport chaos, mass blackouts and a storm surge that broke the Yarra River's...

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Mild, dry winter tipped to extend into spring, bureau says

winter

Peter Hannam Australia’s relatively mild and dry start to winter looks likely to extend until well into spring, with conditions influenced by unusually warm waters around the country and a Pacific Ocean...

Bipartisan US climate report paints dark picture of future economic costs

Seaside Heights not high enough, after Hurricane Sandy hit north-eastern US in late 2012.

Don Lee Billions of dollars of property damage along the US Eastern Seaboard. Sharply reduced yields of corn, wheat and soy at Midwestern farms.

Snow falls in time for the school holidays

Lucy Cormack School holiday snow bunnies can smile at an impressive dump this weekend, with alpine resorts expecting about 50 centimetres of snow by Sunday's close.

'Curiosity': the cat-killing bait to protect native species

Proponents say curiosity can reduce feral cat numbers by 80 per cent.

Tom Arup and Nicky Phillips A lethal bait called "curiosity" designed to kill feral cats will be the initial focus of a new national commissioner to save threatened species.

Record May warm spell tipped to go for another week

Warm weather. Manly Beach.

Peter Hannam Shoppers who are putting off buying that winter jacket or boots can delay a while longer with forecasters tipping that Sydneysiders are in store for another week of exceptionally mild weather.

Climate change poses risks for insurance industry, Robert Shiller says

Robert J Shiller The most important point in the third US National Climate Assessment report has largely been lost in the crowd.

Obama will let states decide how to cut US greenhouse gas emissions

US President Barack Obama plans to make climate change action a legacy of his time in office.

President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from US power plants.

Opponents of Santos CSG plans vow to fight on if $2b venture approved

Peter Hannam Opponents of Santos’s Narrabri Gas Project have vowed to continue protesting against the planned $2 billion coal-seam gas field even if the government gives approval as expected for the...

Climate change to add to winter extremes, limiting warming benefit: study

'Welcome to winter storm #6' (Thumbnail)

Global warming will fail to reduce high winter death rates as some officials have predicted because there will be more harmful weather extremes even as it gets less cold, a British study showed on...

Climate change sceptic Dick Warburton's new role adds to renewable energy uncertainty

clean energy

Peter Hannam D espite a role on a Gillard government panel to help cut the impact of the carbon tax on companies exposed to foreign competition, former Caltex chairman Dick Warburton is no fan of carbon controls.

Deer to be culled by hunters in parks, including Sherbrooke Forest

Fallow deer

Darren Gray Hunters will be authorised to shoot and kill up to 220 deer at three parks near Melbourne under a culling program to be managed by Parks Victoria.

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US launches climate change website to reveal local impacts

President Barack Obama wants Americans to see how climate change will remake their own backyards - and to make it as easy as opening a web-based app.