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Light at the end of the fog

Peter Hannam Sydney is unlikely to see a repeat anytime soon of Monday's heavy fog that caused widespread traffic congestion for commuters.

Polly wants a tracker: wing-tags shed light on Sydney's cockatoos

Laurence the cockatoo is a creature of the urban jungle.

Michael Koziol Cockatoos have been tracked around Sydney more than 10,000 times as part of a research project by the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Eight-year-old boys caught trying to light a bushfire

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Megan Levy Fire authorities say they are extremely disappointed in the actions of two eight-year-old boys who were caught trying to light a fire in the Hunter region on what was forecast to be a potentially...

Clive Palmer gets green light for China First coalmine

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Peter Hannam Christmas has come early for mining billionaire and newly minted MP Clive Palmer, with the federal government approving his monster China First coalmine in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

Prospectors get green light to search in national parks

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Tom Arup Weekend gold and gem hunters will be allowed to operate in more national parks in Victoria after the state government gave the green light for eight areas to be opened up.

Solar mapping to shed light on rich resource

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Peter Hannam WE MAY be a nation of sun-worshippers, but when it comes to forecasting where the sun shines longest, Australia's energy authorities are stuck in the dark ages.

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Icy dives find light in Antarctic depths

CAPTION:  Under the ice:  the view up from a remote camera beneath the Antarctic pack
Credit:  ROV team/Australian Antarctic Division

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Andrew Darby Australia's Antarctic researchers have taken a rare look at the luminous world under the polar sea ice, and brought it home.

Hour of darkness to shed greater light on energy use

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Peter Hannam Convert 60 minutes of near darkness into a permanent shift in household energy use - that's the Australian goal of Earth Hour on Saturday.

Solar energy plants get the green light

Peter Hannam Australia's biggest solar energy plants have been given the funding go-ahead, clearing the way for the installation of 2 million solar panels at two sites in the NSW outback.

Exploration

Santos green light to drill in forests

Local farmer Tony Pickard.

Peter Hannam The NSW government said it had approved the drilling by Santos of eight exploration coal seam gas wells, provided 'strict' environmental conditions are met.

Kerr to light up Earth's lights-out event

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Green is, like, so hot right now, thanks to Australian model Miranda Kerr, who has been named Earth Hour's 'global ambassador'.

First radioactive dump gets the green light

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David Wroe Australia is set to get its first radioactive waste dump with the government agreeing to a Coalition demand for $10 million for the Northern Territory, which will host the dump.

Queen finally gets the green light at Windsor

Louise Gray, London LONDON: After several failed attempts, Queen Elizabeth went green when the final turbine was installed on a hydroelectric scheme to power Windsor Castle.

Free after decades in research labs: chimps step into the light

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It's a video that has melted the hearts of hundreds of thousands.

Republicans see the light on globe ban

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Republicans in Congress are pressing for a vote today on one of the stranger elements of their environmental agenda - a ban on the adoption of energy-efficient lightbulbs.

Let there be light

Katherine Feeney Lights and internet services are slowly being switched back on across Brisbane as the city recovers from the week's floods.

Beijing sees light, through the haze

Pedestrians walk along a square as a security guard stands nearby on a hazy day in Beijing January 18, 2012. The Beijing city government will soon release the results of stricter air pollution standards, Chinese media reported last week, following a public outcry that authorities are understating the extent of smog that often shrouds the capital.    REUTERS/David Gray     (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

Chinese authorities have set tougher rules to combat air pollution by ordering all big cities to monitor tiny particles that do serious damage to health.

Bengal tiger cubs light up Easter

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Two tiny big cats have added to the cute factor at a Gold Coast theme park this Easter.

Coal hard light of day for dud scheme

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Lenore Taylor They've conferenced in empire-style Parisian ballrooms and dined in Kyoto on food cooked by a genuine Iron Chef.

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Selected images, reproduced with permission, from Southern Light: Images from Antartica by David Neilson. Published by Snowgum Press and available from all good bookshops.