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Solar giant to close Australian R&D unit

Peter Hannam A giant Chinese solar panel maker originally based on Australian technology plans to close its local research arm amid on-going concerns about the future of renewable energy in the country.

What lies beneath

NOT FOR SYNDICATION - FAIRFAX PHOTOS OUT - A Salt Water Crocodile surfaces at Dawn on Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park Photo Glenn Campbell

Stephanie Wood The Top End's crocodile population has bounced back since the animals were protected, and stakeholders agree that resolving the sometimes deadly conflict between crocs and humans is a priority.

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.

Atlantic slows global warming with temperature rises seen resuming from 2030

Where did the heat go? Atlantic is one place, scientists say.

The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from around 2030 and spur fast temperature rises,...

City spiders are getting bigger - but that's a good thing

Co-author and PhD student in Ecology at University of Sydney, Lizzy Lowe.

Lizzy Lowe, University of Sydney and Dieter Hochuli, University of Sydney New research shows some spiders are getting larger and even doing better in cities than in their natural habitats.

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Time for NSW to end California dreaming and act on renewables, Labor says

Time to go solo?: Cloud over NSW's renewable energy target.

Peter Hannam NSW is barely one-third of the way to achieving its 2020 renewable energy goal despite the Baird Government wanting the state to be Australia's answer to California.

Rio Tinto 'workshopped' Warkworth coal plan with Planning Department, Greens say

Peter Hannam Mining company Rio Tinto was able to respond within days of receiving environmental requirements for its Warkworth coalmine expansion plan because of "workshopping" with the NSW Department of...

Weaker RET would transfer $10b to big power firms, study finds

Up in the air: the future of Australia's renewable energy industry.

Peter Hannam Reducing the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) would generate $10 billion in extra profit over the next 15 years for owners of coal and gas-fired power plants, according to new analysis...

NSW unveils new groundwater monitoring plan for CSG flashpoints

Bid to ease concerns: Energy minister Anthony Roberts.

Peter Hannam The Baird government will increase its monitoring of groundwater, starting with three coal seam gas flashpoints, in a bid to ease community concerns about the impact of the emerging industry.

Solar farm abandoned amid uncertainty over renewable energy target

sun

Bridie Smith The company planning to build one of the country’s largest solar farms has walked away from the project amid uncertainty over federal government support for a long-term renewable energy target.

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Weather warning cancelled, but another wet start to the day for Sydney

The wettest weather is behind Sydney after Monday's deluge.

Megan Levy Sydneysiders still drying out from Monday's deluge can expect another soggy and windy start today, but there is the prospect of a little sun on the horizon by the afternoon.

AGL turns to Deloitte to put donation disclosures under microscope

AGL has called in Deloitte to look for any errors or omissions in its political donation disclosures.

Peter Hannam AGL has called in its external auditors to investigate whether it committed any "errors or omissions" in its political donation disclosures in NSW since 2008.

Save our Swan

Perth's Swan River not properly protected: report

Perth Swan River

The Swan-Canning river system in Perth is not being properly protected despite conservation efforts made by the Swan River Trust, a new report has revealed.

Danger to Great Barrier Reef growing as reports reveal site's health is declining

The Great Barrier Reef is under threat.

Tom Arup and Lisa Cox The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef looks grim, with many of the threats to its environmental health worsening over the past five years and expected to deteriorate further as climate change...

Remove shark nets, introduce mining bans: green groups' wish list for NSW

Koala in NSW

Peter Hannam The Coalition governments under Barry O’Farrell and Mike Baird have “declared war on the environment” since taking office in 2011, according to nine leading green groups in the...

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Little does it: A little penguin plays in the sun at Manly.

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Tackling the fire threat on the home front

NCH NEWS. Lloyd Blows, the elderly resident of a Tomago caravan park who went missing over a week ago was found alive today in bushland near the power lines which cross Old Punt Road, Tomago. Pic shows bush on the side of Old Punt Road where there was some fresh human tracks in the leaves on the ground. Pic by MAX MASON-HUBERS MMH. 5th May 2014. Newcastle

Peter Hannam Up at the top end of a cul-de-sac, amid towering eucalypts at Durren Durren, north of Sydney, Mike White has been getting expert advice on how to prepare the family home for the coming fire season.