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Thwaites glacier is said to be 'the most vulnerable place in Antarctica' Credit: AFP

Scientists solve mystery of giant melting glacier

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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

Two mammoth in a field covered of snow, with some bushes and a few bisons. Blue sky with clouds in the background.

How cold was it in the coldest part of the Ice Age?

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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

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 17: Visitors walk near a sign warning of extreme heat danger on August 17, 2020 in Death Valley National Park, California. The temperature reached 130 degrees at Death Valley National Park on August 16, hitting what may be the hottest temperature recorded on Earth since at least 1913, according to the National Weather Service. Park visitors have been warned, ‘Travel prepared to survive.’   Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

World temperature record set at Death Valley

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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

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Volcano on Pacific Ring of Fire erupts

TOPSHOT - Mount Sinabung spews thick ash and smoke into the sky in Karo, North Sumatra on August 10, 2020. (Photo by Anto Sembiring / AFP)
geography

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

Heatwave Harry? Naming the threat may save lives

TOPSHOT - A woman looks through the glass of the enclosure of a Polar bear as he cools off in the water at the zoo in Mulhouse on August 3, 2018, as parts of Europe continue to swelter in an ongoing heatwave.    / AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON
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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

How the Martian ice age shaped the red planet

Ancient Mars may have been covered in a huge ice sheet Credit: NASA
space

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

Discovery of Earth-like habitable planet

An artist rendition released by the European Space Agency on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 shows the main bodies of the solar system, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Earth, from left in foreground, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars, from left in background. The Moon, the Earth's natural satellite, is seen at right in foreground, as the relative size of the orbits of the planets is not respected. Nearby planet Venus is looking a bit more Earth-like with frequent bursts of lightning confirmed by a new European space probe. For nearly three decades, astronomers have said Venus probably had lightning, ever since a 1978 NASA probe showed signs of electrical activity in its atmosphere. But experts were not sure because of signal interference. (AP
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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.

Coral transplants to boost reef health

Emma Camp, Project area: Australia. Reef recovery: pioneering new hope for the world's fast-vanishing corals
environment

Divers are using the quiet pandemic period to grow and replant coral at popular tourist diving and snorkelling spots on the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia set for colder, wetter than average winter

A few spots of rain overnight and this morning may bring hope to some . Puddles at the Opera House .picture John Grainger
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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.

Painting clouds and other ideas to save our Reef

This undated handout photo received on April 6, 2020 from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, shows coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. - Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said on April 7, 2020 in a dire warning about the threat posed by climate change to the world's largest living organism. James Cook University professor Terry Hughes said a comprehensive survey last month found record sea temperatures had caused the third mass bleaching of the 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) reef system in just five years. (Photo by Handout / JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA / AFP) / TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR AFP STORY AUSTRALIA-ENVIRONMENT-CLIMATE-REEF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE /
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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

Procession of caterpillars sign of frosty time ahead

The procession of caterpillars. Picture: Still from video
animals

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

Mystery ‘Bonehenge’ woolly mammoth ring

Artist's impression of woolly mammoth
history

Archaeologists are uncovering a mysterious collection of mammoth bones arranged by our ancient Palaeolithic ancestors 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age

Why do leaves change colour and fall in autumn?

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN. CONTACT PIC DESK BEFORE USING Sarah (10) and Charlotte (7) Williams enjoying the Autumn leaves in Honour Avenue, Macedon.
Picture: Jay Town
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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?

Australia’s long, hot summers the new normal

HEATWAVE: NSW is predicted to experience a severe heatwave during a four-day Total Fire Ban up to December 21, 2019 and authorities warn people to be prepared..
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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

Aussie OJ and growers under threat

Various Australian orange juice brands - (l-r) bottles of Golden Circle, Crusta, Berri, Nippy's and Daily Juice.
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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

Antarctica’s hottest day ever recorded

FILE - In this undated file photo, a lonely penguin appears in Antarctica during the southern hemisphere's summer season. The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice, and penguins. The reading was taken Thursday, Feb. 5, 2020 at an Argentine research base and still needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Jana, File)
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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

Flooding and evacuations as storm chaos hits NSW

The carpark at Narrabeen woolworths flooded due to heavy rain, Sydney. 9th February, 2020.
Picture by Damian Shaw
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Sydney has been plunged into chaos after the biggest rain event in 30 years sparked floods, home evacuations, traffic delays, power outages and landslides

Out-of-control bushfire burns one-fifth of ACT

The coastal area around Rainbow Flat was once again under threat.Firefighters fought intense fires to protest lives and property. Picture Gary Ramage
environment

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

First-ever close-up of the Sun

This is the highest-resolution image of the Sun ever taken. Credit: NSO/NSF/AURA
space

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

Worms and mice at International Space Station

Astronauts working on the ISS. Picture: NASA
space

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

Woman trapped in mountain of ‘cornflake’ algae

Kai, 13, Cruz, 10, Beau, 8 and Lola Colless, 5, playing in the mass of seaweed which washed up on Palm Beach. Photo: Brooke Colless
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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

First Aussie reaches heart of Antarctica

** SPEAK TO COURIER MAIL PIC DESK *** ICEMAN: Gold Coast vet and adventurer Geoff Wilson who is going into a deep freezer to test his gear in preparation for a solo crossing of Antarctica to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
humanities

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

Australia on high fire alert

FIRE BAN: This weekend, a total fire ban is in place.
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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

Record floods swamp historic Venice

TOPSHOT - A woman  crosses the flooded St. Mark's squareby St. Mark's Basilica after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, early on November 13, 2019 in Venice. - Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on November 12, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. Within a cyclone that threatens the country, exceptional high water were rising in Venice, with the sirocco winds blowing northwards from the Adriatic sea against the lagoon’s outlets and preventing the water from flowing back into the sea. At 22:40pm the tide reached 183 cm, the second measure in history after the 198 cm of the 1966 flood. (Photo by Marco Bertorello / AFP)
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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

Hell on earth as weather giants collide

Mark Knight cartoon on the bushfires in Queensland and NSW
arts

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

Weary firefighters hailed as heroes

Firefighters work to contain a bushfire along Old Bar road in Old Bar, NSW, Saturday, November 9, 2019. Two people have been killed and seven others are missing in bushfires in NSW which have also destroyed at least 100 homes. (AAP Image/Darren Pateman) NO ARCHIVING
humanities

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 cover beach in rare weather event

The extraordinary sight was captured on Hailuoto Island in Finland. Picture: Risto Mattila
weather

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

Australia’s most incredible weather photos

Australian Weather Calendar 2020
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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

Small town strikes it lucky in big dry

Holding a water rubber hose tube. Watering
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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

Australia’s critical water shortage

Calls for water infrastructure reform.
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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

Modern take on The Four Seasons of Australia

Mark Knight's Four Seasons cartoon
news

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

Magical moonbows explained

A moonbow over Mt Gambier airport
weather

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

Drought leaves firefighters without water

A supplied image obtained on Sunday, September 8, 2019, of firefighters from Fire and Rescue NSW, Station 302 Glen Innes as they attend to a bushfire in Tenterfield, NSW. (AAP Image/Supplied by Fire and Rescue NSW, Station 302 Glen Innes) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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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

Inside the eye of Hurricane Dorian

Garrett Black, who according to his Twitter profile is a “Meteorologist” and “Air Force Hurricane Hunter” posted this image to Twitter - "The eye of #Dorian" and later posted "Credit to Jordan Sun and 
@McAlisterHunter
 on board with us today for their great camera work!"

Picture: Garrett Black/Jordan Sun/Hunter McAlister/US Air Force/Twitter
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‘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

Iceland’s funeral for its melted glacier

TOPSHOT - An Icelandic girl poses for a photo with a "Pull the emergency brake" sign near to where a monument was unveiled at the site of Okjokull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change in the west of Iceland on August 18, 2019. (Photo by Jeremie RICHARD / AFP)
environment

With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Iceland bade goodbye to its first extinct glacier

Space telescope spies massive storm on Jupiter

This stunning image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope
space

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

Climate change: what it means for Australians

Fire and Rescue crew try to contain a large bushfire that broke out in Zuccoli Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Picture: KERI MEGELUS
environment

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

Counting penguins and trying not to get blown away

SUNTAS:August 3, 2019.
Andrea Turbett, DPIPWE ranger works on Macquarie Island. Pic ONE TIME USE ONLY, by Jason Edwards.
geography

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

Tiger iceblocks and other heat hacks for a hot Earth

Polar bear Nanook takes a bath during an extreme hot summer Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Germany faces another heatwave with temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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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

Plant a trillion trees to pause climate change

National Tree Day
environment

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

Plan to power Singapore with Australian sunshine

3/04/2018: Generic image of AGL Energy's Broken Hill Solar Farm in NSW. Hollie Adams/The Australian
environment

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

Freak summer hailstorm buries city in ice

After hot days, the icy storm provided a few hours of fun. Picture: AFP
weather

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

Volcanic eruptions spew ash into stratosphere

This handout image obtained courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory taken on June 22, 2019, shows Raikoke volcano erupting in the Kuril Islands in Russia's Sakhalin Oblast region, near the Kamchatka Peninsula. - Unlike some of its perpetually active neighbors on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands rarely erupts. The small, oval-shaped island most recently exploded in 1924 and in 1778. The dormant period ended around 4:00 a.m. local time on June 22, 2019, when a vast plume of ash and volcanic gases shot up from its 700-meter-wide crater. (Photo by Joshua Stevens / NASA Earth Observatory / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JOSHUA STEVENS /  NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---
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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

Melting ice leaves sled dogs walking on water

A June 13, 2019 image photographed by Steffen Olsen of the Centre for Ocean and Ice at the Danish Meteoroligical Institute shows sled dogs wading through standing water on the sea ice during an expedition in North Western Greenland. - The ice in the area forms pretty reliably every winter and is very thick which means that there are relatively few fractures for meltwater to drain through. Last week saw the onset of very warm conditions in Greenland" wrote the Danish Meteorological Institue in a email and Olsen tweeted  that his team relied on traditional knowledge from local hunters and their dogs as they searched for dry spots on the ice. The team also used satellite images to plan their trip. He said the photos documented an “unusual day” and that the image was “more symbolic than scientific to many”. (Photo by Steffen Olsen / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SOURCE / BYLINE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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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

The islanders who want to officially scrap time

The island of Sommaroy has days where the sun doesn't set
geography

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

What causes hail and is it dangerous?

MUST CREDIT: Sandy Robinson Cricket ball-sized hail fell at Athol, near Toowoomba, this afternoon about 2.38pm. The storm lasted about 20-30 minutes.
explainers

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

Dam levels drop as big dry drags on

Water restrictions story... Melanie Prior Water Restriction Patrol Officer No.7 on the streets, Nth Shore, Sydney...Photo:Alan Pryke 7-2-04
environment

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

Kids urge farmers to ‘keep believing’

Embargoed until Friday 3 May 2019** Students at St Josephs Primary School in Warrnambool, Victoria concerned about drought stricken Australian farmers.From left Daisy Shiells (10) in year 5 and Sophie Jellie (11) in year 6. 01/05/2019. Pic by ROBIN SHARROCK
humanities

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

Adopt A Farmer to ease drought pain

Drought - Queensland. The Bryant family on their drought-ravaged cattle property Cunnyanna half way between St George and Mitchell in the state's southwest. Pictured are Georgia Bryant, 8, (purple shirt), Parker Bryant, 6, (blue shirt), mum Robyn Bryant, dad Greg Bryant and Mirren Bryant, 4, (yellow shirt at front). Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
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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

Kids News explainer: What is drought?

Dust storm in Junee NSW 5th of March 2019 Must credit @thepastyfarmer permission for use given. from source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BunkgrGA3bZ/
explainers

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

Antarctica’s emperor penguins go missing

Emperor Penguins in Antarctica
animals

Scientists thought Antarctica’s Halley Bay would be a refuge from global warming for emperor penguins, but many breeding pairs are already missing

Why does lightning strike the same place twice?

Bright lightning illuminates dark cloudy sky during a thunderstorm. Natural dangers and majestic beauty. Real cloudscape with computer generated lightning. Copy space on image side.
explainers

Using a special telescope invented by an Australian, scientists have looked inside thunderclouds to understand how and why lightning often strikes a place twice

‘Stay indoors’ warning as cyclone hits WA

Currently two cyclones are impacting Australia's north. Picture: Earthschool.
weather

Residents are being warned to "stay indoors" as the extremely dangerous tropical Cyclone Veronica brings wild winds and heavy rain in Western Australia today

Australia’s record heat

SCORCHER: It's going to get hot in Mackay over the weekend, with a heatwave expected for the region.
weather

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

Search for Shackleton’s ship abandoned

Historical antarctic images from Mercury files: Shackleton 1914 expedition. Frank Hurley's memorable photo of the Endurance being crushed by ice.
geography

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

People and pets rescued from floodwaters

A supplied image obtained on Sunday, February 3, 2019, of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews responding to flood conditions in Townsville. Between 400 and 500 homes have been inundated in Townsville amid North Queensland's flood crisis. (AAP Image/Supplied by QFES) NO ARCHIVING
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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

America shivers through record big freeze

The frozen mist from Niagara Falls coats the landscape around Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought high winds and frigid temperatures to the area. (AP Photo/The Niagara Gazette, James Neiss) BUFFALO NEWS OUT; BATAVIA DAILY NEWS OUT
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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

Mega dust storm 500km long blankets Sydney

A severe dust storm painted the skies over Broken Hill red yesterday. Picture: NSW SES
weather

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

Rain, hail or shine, this is a job for you

Dark skies at La Perouse. Picture: John Appleyard
weather

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

Why is the sky blue?

Ayers Rock under a blue sky Uluru National Park, Australia.
explainers

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 paddles to icy world record

Dan Bull on his world record 2.5km kyak of a lake at 5707m on Ojos del Salado on the border of Chile and Argentina in March 2018.
health

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

Outdoor dining, Antarctic style

What happens when you try cooking in Antarctica... a barbecue is out of the question.
weather

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?

Safety fears over weather service changes

Picture: BOM ALMOST the entire south east corner of the nation is on high alert as one of the biggest storms in 50 years causes chaos. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued severe weather warnings in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, the ACT and Tasmania. An intense lower pressure system will continue to move across SA today after super cell thunderstorms brought down the entire power network on Wednesday .
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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?

US prepares for Hurricane Florence

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. Hurricane Florence is coming closer and getting stronger on a path to squat over North and South Carolina for days, surging over the coast, dumping feet of water deep inland and causing floods from the sea to the Appalachian Mountains and back again. (NASA via AP)
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A dangerous storm called Hurricane Florence is on its way to the US state of North Carolina, with preparations continuing to keep everyone safe

Boy raises $1 million

10/9/18 Jack Berne (10) with poddy calves at Wendy Smallwood's property in Terry Hills. Picture: Adam Yip / Manly Daily
humanities

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 for Australian drought trial

Drought - Queensland. Sustainable Land Management company founder Tony Lovell has introduced camels to their property outside Cunnamulla. He says camels help improve the property, which like so much of Queensland, has been in the grip of a terrible drought. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
animals

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

Rising temperatures in colour

Prof Ed Hawkins warming stripes climate change visualisations - Global
environment

It looks like a piece of art, but it’s a picture of Australia’s average temperatures and shows it really is getting hotter

Big rain events getting bigger, faster

Storm thunderstorm rain weather Townsville generic
weather

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

Record-breaking northern summer

A woman uses a portable fan to cool herself in Tokyo on July 24, 2018, as Japan suffers from a heatwave. An "unprecedented" heatwave in Japan has killed at least 65 people in one week, government officials said on July 24, with the weather agency now classifying the record-breaking weather as a "natural disaster." / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU
weather

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

Australians come to farmers’ rescue

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - 21/7/18 Drought ravaged NSW near Tamworth. Farmer Les Jones pictured with his daughter Lillie (15yrs) on their property at Goolhi with the remaining sheep in their flock. Pic, Sam Ruttyn
humanities

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?

Massive iceberg sparks tsunami fears

In this Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo, a view of an Iceberg, near the village Innarsuit, on the northwestern Greenlandic coast. Scientists have watched an iceberg four miles long break off from a glacier. The iceberg is allegedly grounded on the sea floor. Residents in houses near the shore are prepared for an evacuation. (Karl Petersen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
weather

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

Shortest day of the year is here

The annual Belgrave Lantern Parade. Picture: Brendan Francis
weather

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?

Antarctic ice melting faster than expected

Ice Floes © Rob Bryson/Australian Antarctic Division
environment

Scientists have discovered Antarctic ice is melting much faster than expected, leading to higher than predicted sea-level rises

Big dry hitting farmers hard

In desperate need of rain ... Tamworth dairy farmers Brian Wilson and Trae Murray rip open the hay bales to hand feed their cows. Picture by Peter Lorimer.
weather

Assistance is badly needed as farmers battle another dry autumn, some enduring their seventh year of drought

Town where polar bears outnumber people

Polar bear with cub in Arctic Svalbard
geography

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?

Aussies tackle cyclone and bushfires

Satellite image showing Tropical Cyclone Marcus over Darwin in March 2018
weather

Extreme weather sees Australian residents battling a tropical cyclone in Darwin and dangerous bushfires in NSW and Victoria

Trapped kids rescued from school camp

Grade six Willow State school students return home after being evacuated from a North Queensland adventure camp. Picture: Zak Simmonds
weather

Students rescued after Queensland floodwaters trapped them for almost a week on school camp

Fighting fires from the air at night

Fire approaches the Trollope family home at Labertouche in Gippsland. Helicopter Elvis arrives in the nick of time. Bushfires. Fires.
weather

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

Climate change could ruin holidays

Surfers Paradise has been voted Australia's 3rd best beach according to Trip Advisor. Ben Krieger and Bronte Thompson hit the waves. Bronte - 0421381043. Pic by Luke Marsden.
environment

Extreme weather events caused by climate change are expected to make Queensland holidays less attractive for tourists

Nine-hour rainbow sets record

Record-breaking long rainbow is Taiwan. Picture: YouTube
weather

Rainbow in Taiwan lasts for almost nine hours, giving onlookers plenty of time to admire the record-breaking natural phenomenon. 

Our cities could be too hot to live in

Monash University research has confirmed that people living in the city of Darwin are at risk from heatwaves. Darwin Resident mark Emmerford battles the heat.
weather

Centuries-old heatwave records have fallen across Australia raising concerns cities like Darwin could soon be too hot to live in

20 years of weather in two minutes

NASA releases global video map. Picture: supplied
weather

NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of our home planet. VIDEO

What’s the weather like, kids?

Livinia Nixon with her kids Weather Book. Picture: Tony Gough
weather

TV weather presenter Livinia Nixon has combined her passions to launch a children’s book and kids' weather kit

Hurricane Irma clean-up begins

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: The St. Johns River rises from storm surge flood waters from Hurricane Irma on Sept. 11, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. Flooding in downtown Jacksonville along the river topped a record set during Hurricane Dora in 1965. Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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UPDATE: The devastating effects of Hurricane Irma have become clear as a massive clean-up begins in the southwest of America

Rug up Australia, winter is here!

Rug up Australia, winter is here!
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Dipping temperatures and snowy peaks mark the start of another Aussie winter

Cold front sweeps Victoria

Cold front sweeps Victoria
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Rain, hail and shine for Victorians as they rug up for more wet and cold weather on the way

Queensland counts cyclone cost

Queensland counts cyclone cost
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Cyclone Debbie hit hard, attention now shifts to helping those most in need

Evacuations as cyclone hits Qld

Strong winds lash Bowen, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Cyclone Debbie's destructive core is battering the exposed mainland town of Airlie Beach where it has damaged homes and snapped trees after blasting Whitsunday Islands with wind gusts above 260km/h. The category four storm is now expected to hit slightly north of Airlie Beach at 1pm (AEST), rather than just to the south of nearby Bowen as was previously forecast. (AAP Image/Sarah Motherwell) NO ARCHIVING
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UPDATE: Cyclone Debbie makes landfall in northern Queensland after being upgraded to category 4 storm

Feeling all hot and cold?

Feeling all hot and cold?
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Victorians wished they had gloves and scarfs this week, only a couple of days after record-breaking heatwaves in NSW and Qld.