Ships passing by the Great Barrier Reef could disrupt whales' ability to call out to one another, a study has found.
Wind farms don’t need further rules about noise levels because the existing regulations are among the toughest in the world, a Senate hearing has been told.
Sean Nicholls, Ben Cubby LARGE wind farms will be licensed and their noise emissions regulated by the Environment Protection Authority under a plan to treat them as potential polluters like other industries.
Daniel Hurst The federal government's economic adviser on climate change has urged the community not to judge the controversial carbon tax proposal until all details are on the table.
Josephine Tovey THE state government will conduct a six-month noise audit at three wind farms, despite protests from the industry and opposition that doing so is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer money.
Peter Hannam Prominent businessman Maurice Newman said he had been “disinvited” from a community consultative committee for a proposed wind farm in the state’s southern highlands because of his...
Peter Hannam Baird government plans to adorn its buildings with solar panels and ease the way for more wind farms.
Monte Morin When life gets stressful, Asian elephants help each other feel better by trumpeting sympathetic noises and using their trunks to touch their friend's - um - private parts, according to new research.
Tom Arup There is no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms directly causes human health problems, a major draft review by Australia's leading medical research body has found.
Peter Hannam Community groups will be given more power to object to wind farm projects in NSW, a move environmental groups and a renewable energy firm say amounts to halting the industry’s growth in the state.
Peter Hannam Rio Tinto has lost its battle for a major extension of its Warkworth open-cut coal mine near Bulga in the Hunter Valley but will fight on.
Peter Hannam Residents of the hamlet of Bulga in the Upper Hunter say Rio Tinto should accept the verdicts of two courts and drop plans to extend its Warkworth open-cut coal mine.
Tom McIlroy When driver Cameron Blaseotto heard scratching coming from the engine compartment of his ute on Wednesday night, he was nervous to investigate what was inside.
Hamish Boland-Rudder A NSW government recommendation for a 63-turbine wind farm to proceed at Collector will be met with strong opposition at a community meeting, according to opponents of the project who say they’ve...
Nicky Phillips Human activities are altering rainfall patterns across the global, a world first study using satellite data has found.
Natalie O'Brien Thousands of healthy greyhound puppies are disappearing, presumed killed, every year, but their deaths are not reported or investigated by the $144 million greyhound racing industry.
Jonathan Watts In their first hour in Yasuni's Amazonian forest, many people will see more creatures than they have in their lives, including some that have yet to be documented by science.
Shell's offshore drillers have lost their race with the Arctic winter and abandoned hope of striking oil this year but will drill wells before the ice closes in to prepare for a 2013 search for the...
Paul McGeough THIS one is bigger than Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, more complex than the notion that the flapping of a butterfly's wings in the Amazon might cause a storm in New York's Central Park.
Adam Morton, Ben Cubby, Tom Arup and Nicky Phillips The average global temperature, for night and day, is now 19 degrees. If that doesn't sound much, consider it this way: an average day on Earth is 35 per cent hotter than it was during the 20th...