Tag Archives: Australia

Snowy downpour sets record

Weather experts have labelled a recent heavy downpour in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains as an exceptional rainfall event. The National Parks and Wildlife Service is still assessing damage caused to trails after heavy rain hit alpine areas early

Plague Of Mosquitoes To Hit Darwin

The Northern Territory Health Department says the Top End needs to prepare for an “enormous wave” of mosquitoes. The department says an unusually wet October and very high tides have created perfect breeding conditions for saltmarsh mosquitoes. There was a

Sydney starts world climate action

With tree plantings in Australia’s biggest city Sydney and gardening near its iconic Bondi Beach, hundreds took part Sunday in what organisers say will be the world’s biggest day of climate change action. The 10/10/10 event known as the “Global

Koalas face extinction

The new Federal Environment Minister is under pressure to deliver some form of protection for the koala. Former minister Peter Garrett had indicated the koala may be listed as “conservation dependent” and was expected to confirm that by the end

Rising Tide Protestors Arrested

Police in Newcastle have arrested two environmental activists who had tied themselves to machinery in the city’s coal port to protest against the coal industry’s impact on climate change. More than 50 members of the group Rising Tide Newcastle broke

Australia: The Day Of The Locust

Video Report: The drought breaking rain over Eastern Australia is having an unwelcome and potentially devastating side effect. Farmers in four states are bracing themselves for a plague of locusts.

Locust plague Hits Australia

EXCELLENT growing conditions have raised the prospect of the best winter crops ever harvested in NSW, valued at $2.8 billion. But the looming threat of “biblical” numbers of locusts ravaging an area the size of Spain remains a huge headache

Australia expects worst locust plague for decades

The worst locust plague in 30 years is expected to hit regional New South Wales in the coming weeks, and the State Government has begun measures to control the outbreak. Warmer than usual temperatures in the west have experts predicting

Worst locust plague on record to hit Australian farmers

There is a warning the spring locust plague could be the worst on record due to the increasing use of modern farming methods. A central west New South Wales agronomist says direct drilling to sow crops in the western region

Pacific islands want louder voice on climate

The smallest Pacific island nations, some of which fear being swamped by rising sea levels due to climate change, said Tuesday they had seen little of the global funding promised to combat the problem. Meeting in Port Vila ahead of

Activists stage rooftop protest at Qld Parliament

There has been a security breach at Parliament House in Brisbane, with protesters getting through security to unfurl a large banner from the roof. A rally organised by Friends of the Earth drew hundreds of farming families and environmentalists to

Mercury found in Queensland’s water

Video Report: Farmers in Kogan on Queensland’s Darling Downs say contamination from the coal gasification trials has spread to their waterways. Mercury is not used in the gasification process.

Australia: Scientists to track locust plague from sky

The Australian Plague Locust Commission predicts locust eggs will begin hatching in north-west Victoria from late September, causing millions of dollars of damage to crops. Sydney University’s Dr Greg Sword says by tracking swarm movement, pesticides to control them can

Australia: Water to get more scarce, more expensive

A new study says Australia’s water supply problems are only going to get worse as the population soars towards 45 million by mid-century. The report by Australia’s major water utilities estimates demand for water will increase by almost 1 trillion

Wild Storm leaves 8000 Australian homes without power

A WILD storm in southeast Queensland on Friday afternoon has left more than 8,000 homes without power. The hardest hit area was the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture/Redcliffe area where some 5000 homes were affected. More than 100 lighting strikes were

Australia: Perth wilts as mercury soars

There’s been a record drain on electricity as people in Perth tried to escape the heat today. The temperature in the city hit 42.7C about 12:40pm (AWST). Western Power says air conditioners and big-screen TVs are to blame for the