Australian National University scientists have discovered a possible new species of funnel-web spider dwelling near Jervis Bay.

The Abbott government says Australia remains on track to lower greenhouse gas emissions even though total pollution edged higher in the March quarter compared with a year earlier.

Islamic scholars and religious leaders are preparing a call for action on climate change that will say it's the religious duty of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims to fight global warming.

The CSIRO has cancelled its annual survey of Australians' attitudes to climate change and won't release the results of its 2014 study until late this year.

Super Typhoon Soudelor, the most powerful storm so far this year, is generating waves of close to 15 metres as it barrels towards Taiwan.

Carbon emissions from the country's main electricity grid have jumped at an annual rate of about 2 million tonnes in the past two months, the quickest pace in at least a decade, according to analys

Super typhoon Soudelor, possibly the strongest storm of 2015, is powering towards Taiwan in the north-west Pacific after causing widespread damage in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Parts of the Sydney region have shivered through another sub-zero morning with the city on track to record its chilliest July in 17 years in a month that is often marked by frequent cold fronts.

Better forecasting is on the horizon thanks to the Bureau of Meteorology's new supercomputer.

The El Nino continues to strengthen in the Pacific, exceeding by at least one measure the monster event of 1997-98, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.