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A sobering 15-month study on the declining population of the southernmost herd of African elephants has determined only one elephant, a mature female, is free-roaming in the Knysna forest in South Africa.

The analysis—titled And Then There Was One—was recently published in the African Journal of Wildlife Research.

For the study,…

My sentence of community service is nothing compared with the suffering of deportees. Our fight continues

Along with 14 other peaceful protesters, I was found guilty of a controversial terror-related offence in December after stopping a mass deportation flight from taking off. On Wednesday, …

The world is in the middle of what is likely to be the warmest 10 years since records began in 1850, says the Met Office.

It's forecasting that temperatures for each of the next five years are likely to be at or above 1C compared to pre-industrial levels.

There's also a small chance that one of the next five years will see global temperatures temporarily go above 1.5C.

That's seen as a critical threshold for climate change.

If the…

Some 42 Syrian refugees in Mount Lebanon's snowy terrain await winter's end without access to aid.

In a small town called Ashqout, not far from one of Lebanon's most famous and lavish ski resorts in Faraya village, is an informal Syrian refugee settlement.

The camp, in the predominantly Christian region of Mount Lebanon, houses 42 people who fled Aleppo in 2014 to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley in the north.…


Hundreds of local, interstate and overseas firefighters are still battling blazes in Tasmania as the state's bushfire crisis enters its sixth week.

At 7:32am on Wednesday, there were 9 watch and act alerts and 21 advice warnings across the state, with 24 fires burning.

The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) said a total of 24 fires were still burning across the state, with an estimated 195,000 hectares burnt out since the first fire at Gell River was reported after…

Even radical climate change action won’t save glaciers, endangering 2 billion people.

At least a third of the huge ice fields in Asia’s towering mountain chain are doomed to melt due to climate change, according to a landmark report, with serious consequences for almost 2 billion people.

Even if carbon emissions are dramatically and rapidly cut and…

Bureau of Meteorologist says global warming contributed to soaring temperatures.

January was Australia’s hottest month on record, with the country’s mean temperature exceeding 30C for the first time since records began in 1910.

The Bureau of Meteorology released its climate summary for January on Friday and said the widespread heatwave conditions and daily extremes were “unprecedented”.

“There’s been so many records it’s really hard to count,” said…

Thailand's capital has been blanketed in toxic smog for weeks and authorities are struggling to find a solution.

The small park in Bangkok's Rama III district is mostly popular with runners circling its neatly trimmed garden track to the sound of birdsong.

But on Thursday, they were joined by a convoy of fire trucks and half a dozen military drones, drawing dozens of curious onlookers.

After an hour setting up, the…

Stranded porpoises, dolphins and seals had average of 5.5 particles in their guts.

Microplastics are being widely ingested by Britain’s marine mammals, scientists say, with samples found in every animal examined in a study.

The research on 50 stranded creatures including porpoises, dolphins, grey seals and a pygmy sperm whale is the most comprehensive analysis of microplastics in the digestive tracts of both wild cetaceans and seals.

“It’s shocking – but not surprising –…

Cities are all but shutting down across the US Midwest as the region shivers in a deadly cold snap known as a polar vortex.

At least eight people have been killed in several states as a result of the Arctic weather.

Temperatures fell to -30C (-22F) in Chicago - colder than parts of Antarctica - and -37C in North Dakota.

Freezing weather will chill 250 million Americans,…

The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand for natural resources—and what it means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the Earth.

The report also tracks the state of global biodiversity by measuring the population abundance of thousands of vertebrate species around the world. The…

After three years of research and a week of haggling between scientists and government officials at a meeting in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5C.

It's the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures.

What can I do?

  • buy less meat, milk, cheese and butter and more locally…