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Fear fish-killing pathogen will spread from Yerrabi Pond to Murrumbidgee River

The Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin.

John Thistleton Anglers are being advised not to transfer small boats from Yerrabi Pond into other waterways to avoid spreading deadly pathogens that may be responsible for killing large numbers of Murray cod.

Australia's 'vast' solar resources closer to being tapped in a big way

Artist's impression of AGL's solar plants.

Peter Hannam Australia’s largest solar plant moves one step closer to completion with the first of 1.35 million solar photovoltaic (PV) modules being installed on Wednesday at AGL’s Nyngan Solar plant...

NSW weather: November to test fire-fighting resources

Blue Mountains

Peter Hannam November is shaping up to be another unusually warm month, with the heat, a lack of rain and the prospect of more bouts of windy weather likely to keep NSW's fire-fighting resources stretched.

Dutch water resources at risk from pollution, climate change

Holland

The Netherlands, almost a fifth of which is covered by lakes, rivers and dikes, may be unable to use surface waters as a source for drinking water by 2050 due to the changing climate and contaminants.

Melting Arctic prompts race for routes, resources

Polar bear

When 16th and 17th century European explorers sailed west in pursuit of a trade route to Asia, their search for a Northwest Passage was foiled by Arctic ice.

Coal seam gas will have 'unintended consequences', says chief scientist

NSW Chief Scientist Mary O'Kane.

Nicole Hasham The risk to human health and the environment posed by coal seam gas can be managed but “unintended consequences” due to accidents, human error and natural disasters are inevitable, the...

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Global biodiversity suffers as humanity lives beyond its means

Australia

Bridie Smith and Inga Ting Australia’s ecological footprint is the 13th-largest in the world - and is likely to get bigger following the repeal of the carbon tax, conservation group WWF has warned.

Australia's climate stance savaged at UN summit

Nick O'Malley Nations big and small have condemned approaches such as those of Australia to climate change.

New generation returns to care for country

Warddeken land management, West Arnhem land,Northern Territory . Terrah Guymala. 18th of September 2014 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Bridie Smith As a young bloke, Terrah Guymala remembers being on a mission station and seeing wildfire smoke on the horizon. He recalls the "old people" on the mission talking about the smoke haze.

World leaders urged to change course at UN climate summit as CO2 emissions climb

A woman takes part in a march against climate change in New York on Sunday.

Carole Landry The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opens at the United Nations on Tuesday amid calls for action to put the planet on course toward reversing global warming.

Museum Victoria secures endangered fin whale skeleton

Artist's impression of the fin whale, which can grow to 27 metres in length.

Yolanda Redrup A skeleton of the world's second largest animal, the fin whale, will be housed at Museum Victoria after the 25 tonne creature washed up on an isolated Victorian beach last week.

Animal ethics founder on question of consciousness

A lion in one of the old cages at Melbourne Zoo before the new big cats' enclosure opened in 1974.

Andrew Masterson The debate about animal ethics has increased markedly over the past decade, but its core questions are beyond the reach of science, writes Andrew Masterson.

Yale University fund takes aim at climate change

GERALDINE FABRIKANT As pressure grows from students who want to see their schools use financial clout to address environmental issues, Yale University's investment office wrote to its money managers asking them to...

Our opportunity to improve environmental protection must not be lost

The layers of legislation regarding environmental management are overly complex and inconsistent.

Peter Cosier, John Williams, Lesley Hughes Maintenance of native vegetation and the habitat it provides is the cornerstone of all our strategies to manage land, water and biodiversity.

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Vet saves goldfish from tumour using micro-surgery

Under the knife: George the goldfish.

Caroline Zielinski Vets have saved a goldfish's life in remarkable micro-surgery at a Melbourne animal hospital.

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More than Dangerous: Naomi Klein takes on climate deniers

Peter Hannam Naomi Klein's provocative new book takes on global capitalism's role in hastening climate change and argues the model needs replacing - fast.

Pressure builds on Abbott government to relent on renewable energy cuts

Solar jobs are on the line if renewable energy target is weakened or scrapped.

Peter Hannam Confidence is growing among clean energy supporters that the Abbott government will be forced to back down over plans to make deep cuts to the renewable energy target (RET).

Antarctica sea ice area crosses record mark again

Andrew Darby  Antarctic sea ice's area has exceeded 20 million square kilometres for the first time in recorded history, in a shift attributed to climate change.

Japan rejects Australian, NZ, attempt to rein in whale hunt


Three minke whales dead on deck the Japanese ship Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean on January 6, 2014.

Andrew Darby Japan has rejected an attempt by anti-whaling nations, including Australia, to clamp down on its controversial Antarctic "research" kill.

Not your average carp: Tale of George the surgery-surviving goldfish goes viral

goldfish

Caroline Zielinski Everyone loves a fish out of water story - all the more so, it seems, if it involves a goldfish lying on an operating table undergoing life-saving surgery.