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Wide, brown land becomes a home to carbon farming

Tom Arup On Peter Yench’s sheep farm the bulldozers are ready. When they surge forward trees will be ripped from the earth, clearing the land for grazing and crops.

Carbon tax going, but don't expect big savings

David Leyonhjelm

Peter Martin The carbon tax will be repealed within days after a breakthrough in talks between the government and cross bench senators who were concerned at what they believed were draconian provisions in the...

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Milne snub to Palmer has greens on edge

Mark Kenny Simmering tensions in the conservation community over the Greens' response to Abbott government environment policies are threatening to fracture the party's support base.

Curiosity cat-killing drugs to protect native species

Proponents say curiosity can reduce feral cat numbers by 80 per cent.

Tom Arup and Nicky Phillips A lethal bait called "curiosity" designed to kill feral cats will be the initial focus of a new national commissioner to save threatened species.

UNESCO rejects 'feeble' Abbott government bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests

Members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community looking over forests in the Florentine Valley in southern Tasmania.

Andrew Darby World Heritage Committee took just seven minutes to summarily dismiss the Abbott government's bid to wind back protection from Tasmanian forests.

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Australia's emissions cut target triples overnight thanks to failure to repeal carbon tax

Power lines hang from transmission towers outside GDF Suez Australian Energy's Hazelwood coal-fired power station as morning mist surrounds the facility in Morwell, Australia, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will cut spending and limit tax concessions to fund a move to emissions trading a year ahead of schedule, should his Labor government win this year's election. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Peter Hannam Australia's greenhouse gas cut targets quietly tripled on Saturday night, from a 5 per cent cut by 2020 to a cut of more than 18 per cent.

How they coalesce in the Coalition

TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co. TURNBULL.AFR.24 SEPTEMBER 2013.Photo by ROB HOMER ..... minister for communications MALCOLM TURNBULL holding a press conference at  the governments office at 1 bligh st to release the governments interim statement of expectations to the NBN Co.

James Massola, Political Correspondent At 10 minutes past five on Thursday afternoon you could hear a pin drop in Parliament House's marbled Members' Hall.

Tony Abbott's green army enlisting now

Bianca Hall The federally funded 'green army' will strike young workers from official dole figures.

Report from Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority warned against waste dumping plan

shd travel january 5 barrier reef reborn - text by Sheriden Rhodes - photo by Sheriden Rhodes

Hook Reef, Great Barrier Reef

Lucy Cormack The federal government ignored scientific advice when the dumping of millions of tonnes of dredging waste from a mining project into the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian climate report reveals more hot days

heatwave

Peter Hannam The rise in the number of extremely hot days is underlined in a new report that finds there were more in 2013 than in the 1910-40 period combined.

Sea Shepherd ships thwart Japanese hunt

Sea Shepherd

Alana Schetzer Conservationists say they have stopped Japanese whalers from killing any humpback whales.

Climate Council report says 'angry summers' will get worse

surfing

Sarah Whyte Severe heatwaves and sweltering temperatures contributed to another record-breaking ''angry summer'' that will likely get worse, according to a Climate Council report.

Green group takes legal action over Abbot Point dredging

Tom Arup The government is accused of endangering the Great Barrier Reef.

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Leaked UN report warns of climate change risks

Climate change

Tom Arup Rich and poor countries are still unprepared for many threats posed by climate change and extreme weather, a United Nations assessment of global warming will warn.

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International Court of Justice orders Japan to end Antarctic whaling

Andrew Darby When the world's last whaling factory ship ,the Nisshin Maru, left the Antarctic at the end of this past summer, it did something different.

Ms Fix-it

Peta Credlin, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Jane Cadzow As chief of staff to Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin is regarded as the organisational brain behind the prime minister - and by some as having way too much power.

More disputes over environment decisions likely

Bleached coral.

Noel Towell The federal government is braced for a flood of court cases challenging decisions made under its environmental laws.

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Direct action could fail even without Palmer United Party

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and DLP Senator John Madigan

Lisa Cox Legislation to implement Tony Abbott’s direct action policy is almost certain to fail in the new Senate in its present form, even if Palmer United Party senators were to vote in favour of the...

Landfills set to pocket millions from carbon tax repeal

Windfall: Landfill operators stand to profit from levies already collected.

Lisa Cox, Tom Arup There’s money in rubbish, big money – $200 million that won’t have to be paid because of the repeal of the carbon tax.

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