Farming

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

Rice

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.

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

The Great Barrier Reef

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...

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.

Farming may contribute a third of emissions, study finds

farming

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...

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.

Comedy the new weapon against animal cruelty

Chickens

Deborah Gough Anti-animal cruelty campaigners have shunned the shock of ugly, gross scenes showing farm animal conditions and are trying a different tack - comedy - to hook our chook attention.

Scorchers: the reality of a sunburnt country

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picture Justin McManus.
Hot Weather Frankston.
44 degrees on Frankston Jetty.

Peter Hannam Before the 2009 heatwave that primed Victoria for the Black Saturday bushfires, Melbourne had never recorded a day where the temperature averaged above 35 degrees. That event delivered two of them.

Heat extremes rising over land, confounding 'hiatus' claims, scientists say

Heat

Peter Hannam Heat extremes over land are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity, a climate shift partly concealed in global mean temperatures by cooling trends over the oceans, a new study has found.

Heat, bushfire relief as rainfall expected to sweep across Australia

Bushfires threaten properties near Kilmore South, Victoria, on Monday.

Peter Hannam Parched farms and weary firefighters across Australia can expect at least temporary relief in coming days, with the remnants of a deep monsoonal low pressure system driving the biggest rain event for...

Sheep may soon safely graze

TIM BOWER.

Peter Hannam Welcome rains and drought aid are on the way to struggling farmers across the parched north of the state but will be too late to halt a major restocking under way.

Wild weather puts climate change back in the political debate

Storms

Bitter cold in the United States might appear to contradict the notion of global warming, but with Britain's wettest winter and another hot summer in Australia, extreme weather events have pushed...

Encroaching desert stokes religious tensions in Nigeria

A screengrab taken on September 25, 2013 from a video distributed through an intermediary to local reporters and seen by AFP, shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau. The video, which comes after an outburst of violence in northeastern Nigeria, shows the man taunting world leaders after the military said he may have been killed.  
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The Sahara is moving south at 15 km a year, increasing the struggle for scarse land betweenn Christian and Muslim farmers in Nigeria.

ACT battery cage and sow stall ban a 'message to rest of country'

The ACT Government has banned battery cages and sow stalls.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Government has banned sow stalls and battery cages, in what it says is the most far-reaching legislation in the country.

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.

The Great Barrier Reef: Just unwell or terminally ill?

The Great Barrier Reef

Michael Green Starfish, cyclones, chemicals. If things continue the way they are, the Great Barrier Reef won't be great for much longer.

Inquiry told of cruelties as greyhound slaughter continues unchecked

Peter Flann from Greyhound Rescue

Natalie O'Brien Thousands of healthy greyhound puppies are disappearing, presumed killed, every year, but their deaths are not reported or investigated by the $144 million greyhound racing industry.