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NSW weather: November to test fire-fighting resources

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

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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

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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.

Australia's dry south to become even drier, scientists say

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Inga Ting Southern Australia has been warned to brace for more dry winters as a new study links the drying trend of the past few decades to human-induced changes in greenhouse gas concentrations in the...

4000 launch class action over Queensland flood

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Louise Hall More than 4000 residents and businesses affected by the devastating floods in Brisbane and Ipswich in January 2011 have launched legal action claiming engineers failed to properly operate the...

Bad news about rising sea levels as quickening Antarctic winds lead to faster ice melt

Destructive winds: Impact had previously not been taken into consideration.

Peter Hannam Global sea levels may rise much faster than currently predicted because climate models have failed to account for the disruptive effects of strengthening westerly winds, Australian-led research has...

Climate-driven migration of tropical fish linked to underwater deforestation

Lucy Cormack Tropical fish are the glimmering jewels in the depths of our oceans, but climate change is forcing their migration and threatening the forests of the sea.

Global warming requires more frequent rethink of 'normal' weather, WMO says

What's 'normal' weather is less so.

The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global warming, the UN's World...

As climate changes, world weather agency calls for new baseline

Australia has set many records for unusual heat over the past 18 months.

Peter Hannam The World Meteorological Organisation says it’s time to shift climate baselines because global warming is increasingly setting a new “normal” for weather conditions.

Coastal flooding has surged along US east coast: Reuters study

Extreme events such as superstorm Sandy mask background sea-levels rises in US.

Coastal flooding along the densely populated Eastern Seaboard of the United States has surged in recent years, a Reuters analysis finds.

Carbon debate won't die with Senate vote

Not going away - the climate challenge

Peter Hannam Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be hoping Thursday’s expected repeal of the carbon tax will leave the issue “dead, buried and cremated” much like a previous contested policy,...

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Australia can cut carbon emissions to zero and still grow, says report

World famous economist Jeffrey Sachs.  The Age. Photo: Angela Wylie. May 20 2014.

Tom Arup The carbon tax may be all but dead, but a global plan for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change has found Australia could overhaul its fossil fuel dependent energy supply and cut emissions to...

PM's solar song: stick it when the sun don't shine

Song stays the same: Tony Abbott sings a line on renewables, but it's at risk of going out of date.

Jock Cheetham Renewable energy costs money and the 'sun doesn't shine' at night. Abbott's renewable mantra needs a tune-up.

BHP's Caroona coal mine fails Gateway tests

'Autobahn' not Gateway, says local farmer Tim Duddy.

Peter Hannam A major coal mine planned by BHP Billiton for north-west NSW would have "direct and significant impacts" on the productivity of rich local farmland, an independent panel has found.

Hit by slime, Caribbean corals could vanish even before climate change hits

Parrotfish at risk.

Most coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next two decades, hit by the loss of fish and sea urchins that eat a slime of coral-smothering algae, a U.N.-backed study said.

NASA's carbon dioxide-hunting telescope reaches orbit

An artist's impression of how NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory will look in space.

An unmanned Delta 2 rocket blasted off from California on Wednesday, carrying a NASA science satellite to survey where carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas tied to climate change, is moving into and out...

Government quiet on whaling ahead of Abe visit

Small catch: Minke whales dead on the deck of the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru.

Andrew Darby Labor says it will raise Antarctic whaling with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, as the Abbott Government withholds any plan to broach the thorny issue.

NSW logging review a farce, green groups say

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Nicole Hasham A coalition of environment groups has quit a state government logging review in disgust, saying the process is “deeply flawed” and threatened species and streams are imperilled.

Prominent US environmentalist Tom Steyer helped fund Maules Creek, other coal mines

To environmentalists across Australia, it is a baffling anachronism in an era of climate change: the construction of a Whitehaven's 1600-hectare mine at Maules Creek in New South Wales that will...

Coastal winds intensifying with climate change, study says

Tony Barboza Summer winds are intensifying along the west coasts of North and South America and southern Africa and climate change is a likely cause, a new study says.