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Raising level of Warragamba Dam is an act of environmental vandalism
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Water

Raising level of Warragamba Dam is an act of environmental vandalism

The proposal will lead to extensive and irreversible damage to the integrity of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

  • by Tim Vollmer

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'Laughable': Reef Foundation windfall was a trial case, document shows
Great Barrier Reef

'Laughable': Reef Foundation windfall was a trial case, document shows

The $443.4 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was intended to be a 'trial case' to see if non-profit groups could be used to deliver 'big government programs', documents released to a Senate inquiry show.

  • by Peter Hannam
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
'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
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
Go with the flow: desalination plant study finds 'amazing' ocean impact
Water

Go with the flow: desalination plant study finds 'amazing' ocean impact

The Sydney desalination plant's biggest effect on the ocean is unlikely to be from the release of highly saline brine, according to the first peer-reviewed study into the industry's marine impacts.

  • by Peter Hannam
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'Absolute disgrace': Adani pipeline plan won't activate water trigger
Water

'Absolute disgrace': Adani pipeline plan won't activate water trigger

Adani's proposed giant coal mine has cleared another hurdle with the federal government waiving the requirement for a full environmental assessment for a pipeline that will extract billions of litres of water in drought-ravaged central Queensland.

  • by Peter Hannam
'Prepare to get your legs broken': MP threatened over fishing ban

'Prepare to get your legs broken': MP threatened over fishing ban

MP targeted with online abuse and even death threats for supporting plan to introduce lockout zones to protect fish.

  • by Nick O'Malley
Powerful friends in low places rescue and release disoriented owlet
Animals

Powerful friends in low places rescue and release disoriented owlet

A recorded trilling, a Woolies bread tray and a clutch of determined bird lovers turn out to be the ideal combination to rescue a disoriented powerful owlet.

  • by Peter Hannam
Japan's bid to end commercial whaling moratorium defeated
Whales

Japan's bid to end commercial whaling moratorium defeated

The International Whaling Commission has rejected Japan's proposal to end the global moratorium on commercial whaling, which has been in place since the 1980s.

  • by Steve Jacobs
Whales seen as 'ecosystem engineers', get protection from noise and fishing nets
Whales

Whales seen as 'ecosystem engineers', get protection from noise and fishing nets

The IWC has adopted resolutions recognising the crucial role of whales in ecosystems and mitigating threats such as noise pollution.

  • by Steve Jacobs