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Logging makes forest fires worse: experts

Allowing logging in national parks would increase the intensity of bushfires by boosting the amount of flammable fuel and creating additional "kindling", experts have warned.

Minister defends handling of $100m fund

A federal minister has refused to apologise despite the auditor-general finding she awarded grants from a $100 million fund based on electorates the coalition wanted to win, rather than merit.

Beijing's air pollution swept elsewhere

Smog-prone regions near Beijing and Shanghai posted big improvements in air quality in late 2019, but pollution in other parts of China worsened as dirty industries were relocated rather than shut down.

Indigenous leaders urge burn policy change

An indigenous burn practitioner has urged fire policy makers to "get the bush between their toes" and cut red tape as his people begin to assess the damage wrought to their country over the summer.

All stops pulled out to spare 'dino trees'

Waiting for thick smoke to settle around the Gospers Mountain bushfire, firefighters and conservation specialists were delighted to learn their efforts had spared the prehistoric Wollemi pine from going up in flames.

Putin engineers shake-up to keep power

President Vladimir Putin has engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.

Art could help heal NSW town after fires

The indiscriminate wildfire that tore through the NSW south coast town of Mogo bears its scars on the blackened ruins of a brick building on the main drag.

Last year was second-hottest on record

Last year was the earth's second-hottest since records began, and the world should brace itself for more extreme weather events such as the bushfires that ravaged parts of Australia, the World Meteorological Organisation said.