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.

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


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


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...

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


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.

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.

Heatwave: Grape growers watch their fortunes wither


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.

Couple will stay to defend their straw house


Amanda Hoh Damien and Amanda Stevens knew bushfires would be their biggest threat when they bought land in Kurrajong five years ago.

Salty wetlands help curb fungus killing frogs


Bridie Smith A deadly fungus decimating the world's frog populations may yet have a weakness scientists can exploit to reduce its lethal impact in Australia.

Environment Protection Agency sidelined after warning of high risks at AGL coal seam gas project


Michael West The NSW government has sidelined the Environment Protection Authority in pushing ahead with a coal seam gas project despite advice it is high risk, threatening valuable agricultural land.

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.

World Bank plans 'aggressive' move on soot, other pollutants

The World Bank said it was planning 'aggressive action' to help developing nations cut emissions of soot and other air pollutants blamed for causing climate change, in a shift also meant to protect...

Growers at wits' end as truffles fail to show

Black Truffle grower, Wayne Haslam

Tim Barlass They were billed as ''black diamonds'' and an opportunity to get rich quick but it has now emerged that parts of the truffle industry in Australia are in dire straits, with some growers abandoning...

Murray-Darling rescue not out of the water yet, says frustrated minister

Tony Burke

David Wroe NSW has warned there are still major hurdles to be overcome before an agreement can be reached to save the ailing Murray-Darling river system, as the clock ticks down on finalising a deal this year.

Power needs muddy the water for farmers

Farmers and green groups worry about water flowing into the  Latrobe River.

Vince Chadwick and Adam Morton Farming and green groups express concern about the 'dirty, muddy, yellow' state of a Victorian river after an open-cut coalmine was given emergency approval to dump floodwater into it.

Billionaire has green sights set on Hawaiian isle

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison speaks at the All Things D conference in California, May 30, 2012

If Oracle billionaire CEO Larry Ellison has his way, the Hawaiian island of Lanai will be transformed into a model for environmentally sustainable enterprise, a prospect that has excited some...