Air Quality

Ministers agree to work towards improving air quality countrywide by 2016

Lisa Cox State and territory governments have hammered out a plan to work towards a national agreement by 2016 to improve air quality in cities throughout the country

Threat of air pollution to worsen along with global warming, warns Climate Council

Health dangers: NSW faces rising risks from bushfires, the Climate Council says.

Peter Hannam Increased air pollution from bushfires is among the rising threats facing NSW residents as global warming makes blazes more likely, according to a new report by the Climate Council.

Wet and wild weather on the way for Sydney

Storms afoot

Peter Hannam The city should get the first of two waves of thunderstorms expected through the Sydney basin by early Monday afternoon, with a second burst several hours later.

Fixing climate change may add no costs, report says

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Justin Gillis In decades of public debate about global warming, one assumption has been accepted by virtually all factions: that tackling it would necessarily be costly.

Academics say all coal mines and power plants should be monitored for health risks

Bayswater Power Station in the Hunter Valley.

Tom Arup, Environment Editor Every coal mine and power plant in the country should have consistent pollution monitoring to study whether those who live nearby are suffering adverse health impacts, two former Australian of the...

California and Mexico sign pact to battle climate change

California, Mexico reach out.

California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

Green group refocuses on national issues after funding cut

Beau Donelly Victoria’s green legal centre will turn to national environmental battles in the wake of losing its federal government funding.

WHO most polluted cities list sees New Delhi smog trump Beijing

The World Health Organization has named the world's most polluted cities - and the worst has three times the pollution of Beijing.

Warm start to winter ahead as May temperatures set record

Beachy weather to continue a while longer.

Peter Hannam Sydney is all but certain to smash long-term temperature records for May, with the start of winter also likely to see unusually warm weather.

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.

'Crazy bad': Time for China to admit it has an environmental crisis

Under a toxic cloud.

Kate Galbraith China's pollution numbers are piling up, and they're scarier all the time. Nearly one-fifth of farmland is polluted, an official government study found in April, and so is three-fifths of China's...

Blustery change brings relief from heat but little respite for fire crews

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Peter Hannam Temperatures are dropping in Sydney but windy conditions are likely to keep fire crews busy.

Bushfires make hazy, lazy days of toxic summer

Smoke over Sydney.

Ben Grubb, Peter Hannam Pollution soared four times higher than levels deemed hazardous and hundreds of fire alarms went off, in one case stranding train passengers, as thick haze from bushfires engulfed the city on...

Environment: Call to improve state's health

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Tom Arup Victoria should overhaul its energy supply and change its approach to planned burns as part of efforts to stop worrying declines in the state's environmental health.

Chinese companies found to be in frequent breach of emissions limits

Steel factories and thermal power plants in eastern China frequently exceed national standards, according to a study led by an environmental group in Beijing.

Hot day prompts Sydney air pollution alert

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Sydneysiders are being urged to avoid the outdoors due to air pollution caused by high ozone levels.

California in grip of 'worst drought in 500 years'

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The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state's drinking water supply.

Shanghai residents warned for seventh day about heavy pollution

Smog in China

Shanghai warned children and the elderly to stay indoors for at least a seventh day this month, intensifying pressure on local authorities to control the worst smog since government monitoring began...

Beijing 'barely suitable' for life as heavy pollution shrouds China's capital

China's pollution

Pollution in Beijing was stuck at unhealthy levels for the sixth straight day, prompting warnings for people to stay indoors as thick grey smog shrouded the capital a week before the annual meeting...

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.