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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fall in greenhouse gas emissions biggest in 24 years

Emissions are falling in the power sector - for now.

Peter Hannam Australia posted its biggest annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 24 years of records last year as the carbon tax helped drive a large drop in pollution from the electricity sector.

City of Melbourne aims to become carbon neutral leader

A digital image by Angelica Rojas Gracia prepared for the Visions and Pathways 200 project. It shows a bicycle highway built above train lines at North Melbourne station.

Tom Arup and Aisha Dow Melbourne City Council is bucking the trend and sticking to its goal of a carbon-neutral future.

Animal cruelty activists targeted by tough new biosecurity measures

Funeral.Bowral.May 9th,2014.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.SMH News.Mourners arrive at the funeral of Paul Ramsay at St Thomas Aquinas Church, Bowral today.Barnaby Joyce.

Nicole Hasham Activists who break into farms to secretly film suspected animal cruelty are being targeted by tough new biosecurity measures, triggering fears severe abuse will remain hidden.

Business group asks Treasury to value environmental capital

Tom Arup It is called ‘‘natural capital’’ in economic jargon. But what it really means is how much the environment helps our economy.

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.

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.

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.