Farming

Mining dwarfs farming as threat to health of Great Barrier Reef, marine scientist warns

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, according to one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality...

Policymakers aren't aware of threat to farming from climate change, World Bank says

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Climate change will play havoc with farming, and policy makers and researchers aren't fully aware of the significance on food supply, according to the World Bank.

Farming may contribute a third of emissions, study finds

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Food production accounts for up to 29% of man-made greenhouse gases, twice the amount the United Nations has estimated comes from farming, a study published on Wednesday said.

Finally, we are on the brink of calling for a halt to factory farming

Sherman

Brian Sherman It's been a landmark year for the animals. Public and media concern for the 500 million sentient beings that are mass-produced for food each year in Australia has never been higher and is now backed...

Warming planet may aid trees, hurt farming: study

Forest

The fate of the world's forests on a warming planet has long been one of the great unanswered questions about climate change.

Scientists question carbon farming plan

Scientists and agricultural experts say Labor's plan to pay farmers to store carbon in their soil won't do much to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Grazing and farming land taken over to offset carbon

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Paddy Manning Farmers fear a new rush of environmental plantings for biodiversity and carbon offsets will accelerate the loss of land for food production.

The dark side of puppy farming

Gidget

Stephanie Gardiner Among 42 dogs found in a dark, dank maggot-filled shed was Gidget, a miniature poodle with fur so matted and dirty it caused painful eye and ear infections.

Nothing biblical in factory farming

J.M.Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee Something has gone badly wrong in relations between human beings and other animals, and it is not just animal welfare and animal rights organisations that say so.

Our opportunity to improve environmental protection must not be lost

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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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Woman v beast: Indian villager armed with a sickle fights leopard ... and wins

To the death: A 56-year-old Indian villager used farming tools to fight a leopard which attacked her in the northern state of Uttarakhand.

Lisa Visentin In a showdown replete with echoes of gladiatorial battles of yore, a woman has fought a leopard armed only with a sickle and spade. And won. 

Climate change may disrupt global food system within a decade, World Bank says

Tough conditions likely to get tougher for many.

Peter Hannam The world is headed “down a dangerous path” with disruption of the food system possible within a decade as climate change undermines the ability of nations to feed themselves, according...

Temperature hiatus periods to become a 'thing of the past' as emissions soar

Peter Hannam The momentum of global warming caused by the build-up of greenhouse gases is likely to overwhelm natural cooling processes within decades, according to research by the University of NSW.

Soil microbes more sensitive to climate change than thought

Tests were conducted on a range of vegetation, including from broadleaf forests.

Peter Hannam Soils may be less of a carbon sink than previously thought, with new research indicating that the earth is likely to release more carbon as the planet heats up.

Conflict in paradise: unlikely Australian eco-warrior clashes with locals over fate of green sea turtles

Milne Bay

Jared Lynch An unlikely eco-warrior is on a mission to preserve an endangered species on a lonely Coral Sea atoll.

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.

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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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.

Genetically modified grass for dairy cows sparks concern

GM plans for grass to be fed to dairy cows sparks fears for food chain.

Clare Kermond Australian dairy cows are a step closer to being fed genetically modified rye grass designed to boost milk production, sparking concerns from both organic and non-organic farmers.

Australia risks copying US 'ag-gag' laws to turn animal activists into terrorists

Will Potter

Will Potter When Amy Meyer saw a sick cow being pushed by a bulldozer outside a slaughterhouse, she did what any of us would in this age of iPhones and Instagram - she filmed it.