Rainforests may be more resilient than feared: study

The world's tropical forests are less likely to lose biomass, or plant material, this century due to the effects of global warming than previously thought, scientists said in a paper published in the...

Progress on rainforests as deadline ticks down

Simon Mann HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANCUN, Mexico: The future of UN-led efforts to slash global carbon emissions hung in the balance yesterday, with key countries hardening their positions.

National Trust to highlight 25,000 trees of significance from all parts of Australia on a new website

Anna Foley is working on a national tree register.

Denise Gadd An email doing the rounds pleads for people to stop cutting down trees. Included is a photograph of a line of 15 dogs queuing to lift their legs on a solitary specimen in a field.

Possum a 'polar bear' of climate change

White lemuroid ringtail possum.

A rare Australian possum is being dubbed the new polar bear of climate change.

Rain in outback helped extend world's carbon sink, finds paper

The tidal surge affecting vast parts of the Pilbara region starts to drain back into the ocean

Peter Hannam A burst of growth in the wake of drought-breaking rains across inland Australia in 2011 helped to turn the country into one of the world's biggest carbon sinks, new research has found.

Hero returns for a view of green history

Bob Brown returns to the Gordon river in Tasmania  30 years after his protest convinced the Hawke government to pledged , stopping the damming of the Franklin river. 4th of March 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

'This is pretty well pure rainforest,'' notes Bob Brown as the seaplane sweeps over the junction of the Gordon and Franklin rivers, deep in remote south-west Tasmania.

$20 million revamp for loved gardens


Josephine Tovey The pyramid glasshouse at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens will be knocked down and replaced by a new $50 million "Biome" structure, the state government will announce on Monday.

Zoo guests taught bear necessities of health

Mary the Sun Bear at Taronga Zoo.

Nicky Phillips Brushing an infant's teeth can be a challenge, but it's nothing compared with tending the fangs of a small bear.

No horn of plenty

An anti-poaching team guards a northern white rhino.

Anthony Ham The battle to save the African rhinoceros has all the ingredients for a Hollywood thriller. There are armed baddies with good guys in hot pursuit. There is a hint of glamour.

One will really amaze you, the other just eats his mates

Giant pink slug on the top of Mt Kaputar in Northern NSW (Mt Kaputar National Park). They have evolved in isolation over millions of years as Mt Kaputar became a wet refuge moutaintop surrounded by dry plains. Photo: supplied by Jacki Roberts
Senior Public Affairs Officer
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Ben Cubby High in the mists that shroud Mount Kaputar, near Narrabri in north-western NSW, scientists have discovered a secret world.

Silverback gorilla Rigo died of heart failure at Melbourne Zoo

Bridie Smith Results have confirmed that Rigo, one of Melbourne Zoo's most popular residents, died of heart failure.

Decimated kelp 'jungles' listed as endangered

Giant kelp in the sea off Tasmania.

David Wroe Like many forests on land, the giant kelp jungles in the waters off south-east Australia are gravely threatened by climate change, scientists say.

World's national parks expand - but short of target

Protected areas for wildlife have expanded worldwide to cover a land area the size of Russia in the past two decades, but far more parks and reserves are needed to meet a 2020 target, a study shows.

Scientists discover new monkey species in Congo

A new species of monkey found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and identified as Lesula (Cercopithecus lomamiensis).

Only the second new monkey species discovered in 28 years.

UN deal sets pace for emissions

A sand sculpture made by Oxfam activists dedicated to farmers fighting against climate change

Adam Morton and Simon Mann IN CANCUN A last-minute agreement at United Nations talks has increased pressure on the Gillard government to lift its ambition in tackling climate change, with the Greens saying Labor has ''no choice'' not to...

The last refuge


'No one is allowed to sleep until we find it.'' Ecologist Dr James Smith is half joking but the force of his voice suggests he is determined, even a bit desperate.

Hot to be the new normal as species struggle

Tree Kangaroo

Max Mason Soaring temperatures last century may have been hard work for many species across the planet but, by the end of this century, those temperatures, once considered extreme, will become the norm for...

Oceans left out of climate debate

Oceans have been left out of climate change debate in Australia, the founder of Earthwatch says.

Tasmania in $274m forests deal


Andrew Darby, Hobart Peace is closer to being secured in the decades-long fight over Tasmanian forests after a $274 million government package was agreed on at the weekend.

$274m buys hope that bitter logging dispute is at an end


Andrew Darby Hobart A peace deal between Tasmania's forestry industry and environmental lobby has been secured by a $274 million government package, raising hopes the long-running conflict is near an end.