Irrigation

River to ruin: farmers fear for Lake Eyre basin over irrigation scheme

Saffron Howden FARMERS are warning that the Lake Eyre basin could be the next Murray-Darling fiasco if plans to open its network of creeks and rivers to irrigators go ahead.

Irrigation farmers find buyers drying up

Debra Jopson JEREMY MORTON and Ian Shippen are southern NSW irrigation farmers trying to use the water market to sell out and get off the drip.

Climate scientists have a real beef with beef

Cattle and climate change under scrutiny.

Geoffrey Mohan If you want to slow climate change, white meat may be the right meat, according to two studies that tally the environmental effect of the beef industry.

Crop sowing delayed by weak India monsoon, threatening price hikes

Waiting for the rains.

Prabhudatta Mishra, Swansy Afonso and Adi Narayan The weakest start to India's monsoon season in at least five years is delaying planting of crops from rice to soybeans and lentils, threatening to push up food prices in Asia's third-largest economy.

Suspected leak at Santos CSG project under investigation

Site of a suspected spill at one of Santos's CSG site.

Peter Hannam Santos’s coal seam gas operations in northern NSW are being investigated for a leak at one of the company’s wastewater ponds.

Fears Cliefden Caves will be destroyed by Needles Gap dam near Canowindra

cave

Nicole Hasham It took millions of years for water, seeping at an infinitesimal pace, to fashion the limestone pillars and mazes of the ancient Cliefden Caves.

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.

EPA defends its actions over 'natural' uranium in contaminated aquifer

Ponds

Sean Nicholls The Environment Protection Authority took almost a year to issue a $1500 fine to energy company Santos over contamination of an aquifer near a major coal seam gas project, which included uranium at a...

Livestock watered from polluted aquifer

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Sean Nicholls, Nicole Hasham The NSW environment regulator has revealed water for livestock is being extracted from an aquifer at a point less than five kilometres from where it was contaminated by a controversial coal seam gas...

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...

Santos coal seam gas project contaminating aquifer in use after two years

Farmers Ted and Julia Borowski

Nicole Hasham A leaking pond that contaminated an aquifer with uranium at levels 20 times safe drinking guidelines is still being used, despite coal seam gas operator Santos knowing it was faulty more than two...

Santos coal seam gas project contaminates aquifer

Sean Nicholls A coal seam gas project operated by energy company Santos in north-western NSW has contaminated a nearby aquifer, with uranium at levels 20 times higher than safe drinking water guidelines, an...

Global warming raises risks of more deadly Everest-like avalanches, researchers say

Everest

Mountaineering tourism in Nepal faces a threat from global warming as melting glaciers feed the risk of more deadly disasters such as the avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 people last month,...

Climate change poses risks for insurance industry, Robert Shiller says

Robert J Shiller The most important point in the third US National Climate Assessment report has largely been lost in the crowd.

What the hell happened to autumn, and what do long dry spells bode?

Autumn colors

Peter Hannam Long spells of warm, dry days and balmy nights have been welcomed by many, but what do they bode for winter - a breath of fresh air or an ill wind? Peter Hannam holds his finger up.

Canberra swelters through heatwave as hot weather hits

News: Hot weather photo pool christmas party. The Zoo advertising group have their roof top pool christmas party. Sophia Kochinos enjoys a refreshing pool splash during a hot Canberra day with a top temperature of 36C. 20th of December 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Canberra has sweltered through another day of high temperatures, with the mercury tipping 38 degrees in the early afternoon.

Heatwave: Grape growers watch their fortunes wither

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Rod Gribble looks at his horror harvest through the haze of another 40-plus degree day. He's been up working since 2am to beat the heat, only to be mauled by mosquitoes.

Water restrictions not yet on the (dusty) horizon

George Powell, 8, and Felix Powell, 5, from Kambah playing at the National Arboretum Canberra in front of the art work Wide Brown Land.

Ben Westcott Canberra is a long way off water restrictions even though last week's heatwave and a dry start to the year have the bush capital's gardeners reaching for their hoses.

Canberra gets one-fifth the rainfall, four times the heat

Rick Connolly owner operator of Green Samurai horticultural talking about how much gardens are suffering in Canberra due to the hot and dry conditions.

Ben Westcott Canberra trees are losing their leaves in shock and gardens are ''going to hell'', after one of the hottest and driest summers the ACT has seen in years.

Geo-engineering no solution to dangerous climate change, study finds

Tanami

Peter Hannam Greening deserts in Australia and North Africa with millions of trees would only have a modest impact on climate change, with potentially significant side-effects, new international research finds.