Deforestation

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.

Plans to halt deforestation at risk unless donors stump up

Donor nations, rainforest-rich countries and multilateral institutions will have to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next few years to ensure that nations undergoing deforestation will have...

Norway, UK, US chip in to help halt deforestation

Forest

The governments of Norway, Britain and the United States say they will allocate $US280 million of their multi-billion dollar climate change finances to a new initiative aimed at halting deforestation.

A turning point for deforestation

excavators cutting down trees  in Sumatra .

Michael Bachelard The logging company that became a poster child for bad environmental practice and was accused by Greenpeace of ‘‘pulping the planet’’, has agreed to end natural forest logging and rely on plantation...

Amazon deforestation on the rise

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon accelerated in June, with more than 300 square kilometres destroyed, a 17 per cent increase over the previous month.

Chemicals blamed for the vanishing monarch butterfly

Once abundant in huge numbers, fewer monarch butterflies are taking flight.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The annual migration of the monarchs, one of the most inspiring natural phenomena on the planet, may be coming to an end.

Climate change: It's hot - and not just in the kitchens of bickering MPs

Beaches

Peter Hannam Record warmth for Australia in 2013 will start to look a lot more ordinary in the future.

Tony Abbott's climate change policy problematic

Emissions

Tom Arup, Peter Hannam When Australia's new senators take their place in July they are likely to deliver Prime Minister Tony Abbott what he has promised for four years - the scrapping of the carbon tax.

Carbon budget drives agenda

Larissa Nicholson A global group of experts, with headquarters at the CSIRO in Canberra, is preparing to release its annual carbon budget on Tuesday.

Climate Change Authority an irritating gadfly to Tony Abbott

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Peter Hannam To get an inkling of how serious the Abbott government is likely to take today's release of the final report on Australia's carbon emissions reduction goals by the Climate Change Authority, try...

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Toll of forest, grassland destruction continues to climb: FAO

Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening...

Stopping the chainsaws

This photograph taken on February 24, 2014 during an aerial survey mission by Greenpeace at East Kotawaringin district in Central Kalimantan province on Indonesia's Borneo Island, shows cleared trees in a forest located in the concession of Karya Makmur Abadi which is being developed for a palm oil plantation. Environmental group Greenpeace on February 26 accused US consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble of responsibility for the destruction of Indonesian rainforests and the habitat of endangered orangutans and tigers. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO

Michael Bachelard Determined Australian forester Scott Poynton is employing unusual methods in his crusade to get the world's loggers to clean up their act.

Climate talks in Warsaw deadlocked despite extension

Diplomats will seek condemnation at the United Nations General Assembly.

Almost 200 nations remain deadlocked over how to step up aid to ease the impact of global warming on developing nations as part of the foundations of an elusive U.N. climate accord due in 2015.

Monkey holiday photos support animal cruelty

Taronga Zoo chimp Kuma

Tim Barlass Have you ever seen been offered the chance to have a holiday snap taken with a cute monkey?

Indigenous burning among ancient practices being studied to save eco-systems

Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or indigenous Australian fire controls, will get a new lease of life under plans to slow extinctions of animals and plants,...

Greenhouse gases rise to record, will drive climate change, world body says

Global warming

Peter Hannam Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are rising at an accelerating pace to record levels, a trend that will drive climate change and endanger future generations, according to the World Meteorological...

Cautious optimism as gorillas in midst of population rise

A silverback mountain gorilla

Jessica Aldred The world's population of mountain gorillas has risen more than 10 per cent in two years, census figures show.

Brazil calls for delay in talks to cut emissions

RIO

The debate on whether the world needs stronger greenhouse gas cuts to keep the planet from warming by 2C should be deferred until next year, according to Brazil's lead negotiator at the upcoming...

World greenhouse gas levels hit fresh records

A proposed method of cutting harmful carbon emissions in the atmosphere by storing them underground risks causing earthquakes and is unlikely to succeed, a US study says.

Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change hit a new record in 2011, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on Tuesday.

Seeing REDD: Brazil, Norway in tiff over forest monitoring

Brazil

Efforts to produce a global set of rules for protecting forests are being held up by a dispute between Brazil and Norway over who should be responsible for verifying the amount of carbon dioxide...