Australia must be on the front foot of international climate negotiations if it hopes to defend and advance its interests in the future, a report from the Lowy Institute says.

Less than a week before the United Nations deadline for countries to file greenhouse-gas pledges necessary to keep a global climate change deal on track, it looks like most of the world is missing

A prolonged burst of heat across inland Australia earlier this month set late-season records at dozens of weather sites and will probably have worsened drought conditions, the Bureau of Meteorology

The gloom pervading the coal industry is set to deepen with the Chinese government outlining plans to further wind back the use of coal as it seeks to boost the use of non-fossil fuel energy and ta

"It is difficult for individual governments to control or affect the collective and cumulative impact of human activity globally, but there is a role for the Australian government to continue in it

Mining giant Rio Tinto has scored a major victory in its bid to extend its controversial Mount Thorley-Warkworth coal mine in the Upper Hunter, with the Planning Assessment Commission recommending

Despite the crocs, it's a popular camping and fishing spot for those with a four-wheel-drive and the tenacity to get there.

But Bathurst Bay has a dark, almost forgotten past.

Australia's run of abnormally warm weather has continued with the country recording its second-hottest February in data going back to 1910, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Plastic bags could soon be history as federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt signals he's ready to use the "bully pulpit" of national government to enforce an Australia-wide ban.

The world's oceans are heating at the rate of two trillion 100-watt light bulbs burning continuously, providing a clear signal of global warming, according to new study assessing data from a global