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'Bad for farmers': Indian Ocean shift not positive for spring rains

'Bad for farmers': Indian Ocean shift not positive for spring rains

The outlook for early decent rains that would ease the drought and elevated bushfire risks over eastern Australia is dimming even as the chance of an El Nino appears to be receding, climate models suggest.

  • by Peter Hannam

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Across the Arctic, lakes are leaking dangerous greenhouse gases
Global warming

Across the Arctic, lakes are leaking dangerous greenhouse gases

Researchers hunt for answers as thawing lakes leak greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

  • by Chris Mooney
Paddleboarder's close encounter as sharks feed on dead whale
Shark

Paddleboarder's close encounter as sharks feed on dead whale

A paddleboarder has told how he was "stalked" by a shark while trying to get a closer look at a dead whale floating in the ocean south of Sydney.

  • by Andrew Pearson
Killing season: Crisis time for Africa's famed wildlife
Good Weekend

Killing season: Crisis time for Africa's famed wildlife

The “Big Five” – lions, elephants, rhinoceros, leopards and Cape buffalo – have never been in greater peril.

  • by Greg Callaghan
'Blessed': Tree regeneration pioneer Tony Rinaudo gets global gong
Foreign aid

'Blessed': Tree regeneration pioneer Tony Rinaudo gets global gong

An Australian credited with creating a technique that has helped reforest millions of hectares of degraded land globally has won the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.

  • by Peter Hannam
Opera House goes carbon neutral five years ahead of schedule
Waste

Opera House goes carbon neutral five years ahead of schedule

At 6pm on Monday night, look to the Sydney Opera House for a symbol of change .

  • by Helen Pitt
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'First salvo': Lines drawn as battle over raising Warragamba Dam begins
Water

'First salvo': Lines drawn as battle over raising Warragamba Dam begins

A multi-year battle over the potential flooding of parts of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area has begin – even if prospects of a near-term flood are low.

  • by Peter Hannam
Paving the way for a perfect courtyard
Drought

Paving the way for a perfect courtyard

With smaller gardens often comes less privacy. The remedy, says Jackie French, is to create a courtyard that provides peace and tranquility.

  • by Jackie French
How to use Queensland's new container recycling scheme
Recycling

How to use Queensland's new container recycling scheme

Queensland's new container recycling scheme begins on November 1. Will it be ready? And how will you claim your 10-cent refund.

  • by Tony Moore
How fire could unlock suburbia's 'hidden treasure' of wildflowers
Wildlife

How fire could unlock suburbia's 'hidden treasure' of wildflowers

Conservation workers say they have discovered a wildflower never before recorded in Melbourne's suburbs – and predict it could be the tip of a botanical iceberg.

  • by Joe Hinchliffe
This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy
Science

This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy

A neuroscientist and an octopus expert Eric Edsinger bathed octopuses in the psychedelic drug and observed the results.

  • by Ben Guarino