With only an estimated 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, the results of a new study deliver welcome hope for the survival of the species.
Scientists have found a spooky-looking, bloodsucking, critically endangered native fish in record numbers in the Murray River system, which is great news for the environment and lamprey fish
Phillip Island’s little penguins are small but mighty adaptable, according to a new scientific study using custom-made ‘fitbits’.
A photo titled The Landscape of Fear and showing a volcano erupting within an incredible electrical storm has won first prize in a global photography contest. See some of our favourite photos
The recent floods in NSW have brought more than just record rainfall – and bloodthirsty leeches are loving it
The stars, sun, Earth and moon all aligned in Egypt this week, with the year’s first supermoon bringing the high tide needed to shift the massive ship blocking the Suez Canal
Archie Cross has displayed courage beyond his 13 years, rescuing about 10 residents and a handful of pets from their flooded homes in NSW with his little fishing boat
Australian poet Dorothea MacKellar surely nailed it when she wrote her classic poem My Country in 1904. Mark Knight reflects on how it sums up this land of amazing contrasts
A new photography competition named for famous Australian photographer, adventurer and explorer Frank Hurley has attracted more than 1200 entries from 26 countries
A group in the US city of Philadelphia has started Lights Out Philly to try to reduce the number of confused birds dying during migration
Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has awed even experienced volcanologists, pumping out spectacular displays of lava, ash and volcanic rocks for more than a week
A microphone on NASA’s Perseverance rover has recorded for the first time the sound of another planet. It’s hoped there will be more to hear from Mars soon as the rover gets to work
Kids are banned from taking fruit to school and residents are being urged to strip their trees of fruit in two suburbs of Adelaide that are the latest locations battling fruit fly outbreaks
In an Australian first, the annual Great Barrier Reef spawning has been shown live on TV in the hope the event will bring the country together in awe and inspire people to help protect the reef
Climate change is increasingly damaging UN World Heritage sites including the Great Barrier Reef, a new report warns, while 2020 is on track to be the second hottest year on record
Mark Knight chooses a favourite cartoon from 2020 and explains the process of starting with a news event, gathering ideas and working towards a drawing to tell even more of the story
This summer, Australian scientists will use a crew of sniffer dogs led by Bear, a border collie and Australian cattle dog cross, to find and rescue any koalas in danger from bushfires
Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier — more than twice as big as Tasmania — is melting from below, putting it at risk of collapse. Scientists now know warm water flowing beneath it is to blame
Scientists have calculated just how cold it got on Earth during the coldest part of the last Ice Age, using ocean plankton fossils and climate models
One of the hottest air temperatures recorded anywhere on Earth in at least a century, and possibly ever, was reached on Sunday afternoon at Death Valley in the US, where it soared to 54.4C
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung has erupted, sending ash 5km into the sky. It’s the latest eruption along the 40,000km-long line of volcanoes, faults and trenches called the Pacific Ring of Fire
Giving heatwaves names and strength ratings, as for cyclones, could help people in hot places such as Australia understand how dangerous they are, particularly as heatwaves worsen in future
Mars was once covered in ice sheets that carved out thousands of giant valleys in the same way as on Earth, challenging previous theories of Mars as a warm, wet planet covered in oceans
You might already know how it feels to touch a cloud without realising it. We explain what a cloud is and why they sometimes turn into rain, snow and hail
An exoplanet that orbits a star just like our Sun could be the most similar to Earth ever found, which has scientists thinking it could liveable.
Divers are using the quiet pandemic period to grow and replant coral at popular tourist diving and snorkelling spots on the Great Barrier Reef.
Get your umbrella and winter woollies out. The Bureau of Meteorology is tipping plenty of rain and chilly days ahead but nights could be warmer.
Action on climate change and ideas such as painting clouds with water and growing heat-tolerant coral are being considered to help the Great Barrier Reef be healthier in 30 years’ time
A 7m-long procession of caterpillars parading through Alice Springs is fascinating and touching them dangerous, but to the Arrernte people, it can be a sign of a harsh winter on the way
Archaeologists are uncovering a mysterious collection of mammoth bones arranged by our ancient Palaeolithic ancestors 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age
The leaves on deciduous trees turn forests, parks and gardens a rainbow of yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Why do leaves change colour? And why do the trees let them fall?
Our summers are now twice as long as our winters as climate change has increased temperatures since the middle of last century, according to a new study of Australian weather data
Australians may not be able to drink fresh orange juice in as little as five years if major retailers don’t pay growers more to make up for drought and rising water costs
The temperature in northern Antarctica has hit 18.3C, thought to be a heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice and penguins
Sydney has been plunged into chaos after the biggest rain event in 30 years sparked floods, home evacuations, traffic delays, power outages and landslides
A raging megablaze has burnt one-fifth of the Australian Capital Territory as out-of-control bushfires also continue to threaten homes in NSW and Victoria
Scientists have released the first photographs of the Sun from the new solar telescope in Hawaii, showing churning plasma that looks like a sea of gold nuggets, each as big as France
Astronauts on the International Space Station have taken delivery of super-muscled mice, pest-killing worms and a robot that can sense how the astronauts are feeling
Seaweed piled high on Queensland beaches has trapped at least one runner, who had to be rescued from the algae. While seaweed is not unusual, people have never seen so much at once
An adventurer from Queensland has become the first Australian to reach Antarctica’s Pole of Inaccessibility, just one leg of an epic journey to help men and women experiencing breast cancer
A Code Red fire danger day has been declared in Victoria for the first time in 10 years as the entire country swelters through heatwave conditions and fires continue to burn
UNESCO World Heritage Site Venice is in a state of emergency after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the historic Italian city, with the mayor blaming climate change
In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the helplessness of drought-affected Australian communities now caught in the path of catastrophic bushfires
As several states prepare for increasing fire danger in coming days, we look at the incredible efforts of firefighters on the ground day and night
Ice eggs the size of footballs have engulfed an entire beach in Finland in a rare weather event that requires ice, wind, water and freezing temperatures
Rainbows, aurora australis and massive, fluffy clouds that make you want to bounce on them star in the year’s best weather photos, as judged by the Bureau of Meteorology
Tenterfield — battling drought and, recently, bushfires — has struck it lucky with the discovery of underground water only 126 days before the town’s supply was due to run dry
Several NSW towns will run out of drinking water within weeks without rain. In the longer term, Australia needs to build more dams to supply our growing population
In our weekly series, Mark Knight explains why he used classic composer Vivaldi as inspiration for how different the four seasons and the weather is becoming in Australia
A rare moonbow has appeared in the South Australian sky in the middle of the night and been caught on camera. We look at how they form and why seeing one is very special
Fires continued to burn across drought-ravaged Queensland and New South Wales on Monday night, forcing firefighters to find ways to fight bushfires without water
‘Hurricane Hunters’ have taken an incredible photo from inside the eye of Dorian, which has hit the Bahamas and is now heading for the US, where people are doing their best to prepare
With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Iceland bade goodbye to its first extinct glacier
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken an amazing new photo of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a massive storm wider than the Earth, with furious winds reaching speeds of up to 684kmh
More dust storms, more farming in Tasmania and a year-round bushfire season are just some of the predictions Australian scientists are making after the latest report on climate change
The wind is ferocious and the temperature hovers close to zero, but Andrea Turbett has only warm words to describe her job on the remote, sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island as Australia's southernmost ranger
Earth had its hottest June on record and it’s predicted July will be even hotter, with zookeepers resorting to feeding tigers dinner frozen into giant ice blocks, while NSW is put on bushfire alert
On the eve of National Tree Day, new research suggests planting a trillion trees could achieve a 20-year pause in global warming and that we have the available land to do it
Our hot Northern Territory sunshine could soon be farmed for electricity to power Singapore in an ambitious plan to make Australia a world leader in making renewable energy
After several warm days with temperatures above 30C, residents of this Mexican city woke up to a winter wonderland and then set about trying to find their cars under all that ice
An erupting volcano in Papua New Guinea has blanketed a town in ash and forced evacuations, just four days after astronauts on the ISS photographed another incredible eruption
A photo of a pack of sled dogs appearing to walk on water in Greenland has shocked the world, showing the result of a massive ice melt on an unusually warm day last week
Residents of an island near the Arctic Circle are working on a plan to officially ignore time for two months each summer when the sun doesn’t set for 69 days and it doesn’t get dark at all
Lake Eyre is approaching its fullest state in more than 40 years, with the huge flow of water catching the attention of birds, pilots, tourists and even NASA
An incredible photo of climbers queuing to reach the summit of Mount Everest has drawn attention to the crowded and dangerous conditions on the world’s highest mountain
After a freak hailstorm turned a sandy beach into a sea of white, we look at what causes hail and if it’s dangerous for humans to get caught in it
After little or no rain across much of Australia recently, water levels are going down in our capital city’s dams and more severe water restrictions look likely
As part of the Adopt A Farmer campaign, students from across Australia have sent letters of encouragement and hope to farmers to help them get through the drought
Farmers, their families and animals across Australia are doing it tough with worsening drought conditions. Students can now Adopt A Farmer to lend a helping hand to those most in need
May is likely to be drier than average for most of eastern Australia, which is bad news for the large parts of the country in drought
Scientists thought Antarctica’s Halley Bay would be a refuge from global warming for emperor penguins, but many breeding pairs are already missing
Using a special telescope invented by an Australian, scientists have looked inside thunderclouds to understand how and why lightning often strikes a place twice
Residents are being warned to "stay indoors" as the extremely dangerous tropical Cyclone Veronica brings wild winds and heavy rain in Western Australia today
It’s been a blistering start to autumn with another heatwave across three states, just as we get through what has officially been the hottest summer on record
Explorers have lost their hi-tech autonomous submarine under the ice in the Weddell Sea, forcing them to call off their search for Ernest Shackleton’s famous ship, Endurance
Townsville’s mayor has urged the city’s residents to “hang tough” as the Army and emergency services personnel work hard to keep everyone safe after record rain in Queensland
As Australia swelters through record-breaking heat, North America is experiencing extreme, record-breaking cold, with Niagara Falls looking like a scene out of the movie Frozen
Strong winds have stripped drought-stricken Central Australia and western NSW of thousands of tonnes of precious topsoil, forming a dust storm that moved east over Sydney and out to sea
Australian scientists are calling on citizen scientists — including kids — to use a new app to record extreme weather events where you live and help improve forecasting
Lots of us think the sky is blue because it’s a reflection of the ocean or moisture in the air, but it’s not. Next time someone asks, you’ll be able to give the right answer
Australian climber Dan Bull has a second world record to his name after trekking 5707m up a mountain to a frozen lake to complete the highest kayak on earth
Spring weather and warm mean something completely different on Antarctica, as these funny outdoor cooking photos show. What would you like to try to cook outdoors there?
Planned changes to the way weather is forecast in Australia sparks fears for people’s safety in extreme weather. Do you know how weather is forecast?
A dangerous storm called Hurricane Florence is on its way to the US state of North Carolina, with preparations continuing to keep everyone safe
A 10-year-old boy’s response to learning about Australia’s drought was to find a way to help. In five weeks, he has raised more than one million dollars. What are your ideas for helping people?
Camels may be big and hungry, but they’re used to dry conditions and eat differently to cattle, so they could help care for drought-affected Australian farmland
It looks like a piece of art, but it’s a picture of Australia’s average temperatures and shows it really is getting hotter
An international study of 50 years of Australian rain storms finds they are getting more extreme faster than expected and we need to change our flood planning
Australians are used to heatwaves and our gardens, houses, schools and clothes are designed to help us keep comfortable. When heat hits in cold places, it’s hard to keep cool
One newspaper story about a family in need prompted a flood of donations and tears of joy and gratitude at the many kindnesses. What could you do to help Australia’s struggling farmers?
Large and frequent icebergs off the Greenland coast are making life difficult for residents. The latest iceberg is very big and could be very dangerous
This is the time of the year it’s dark morning and night. For centuries that’s been a cause for celebration. How would you like to celebrate winter solstice?
Scientists have discovered Antarctic ice is melting much faster than expected, leading to higher than predicted sea-level rises
Assistance is badly needed as farmers battle another dry autumn, some enduring their seventh year of drought
It’s freezing all year and dark day and night all winter but tourists flock there and locals love it. How is life bear-able in Svalbad?
Extreme weather sees Australian residents battling a tropical cyclone in Darwin and dangerous bushfires in NSW and Victoria
Students rescued after Queensland floodwaters trapped them for almost a week on school camp
Fighting fires from the air at night will be tested for the first time in Australia this week. If successful, it will help firefighters tackle blazes early and save many lives
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