A group of Australian researchers found that human-caused climate change made it 175 times more likely that the Great Barrier Reef would experience a bleaching event.
Established last year, the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is one of the world's largest, but indigenous groups are filing a legal challenge because they allege it violates their fishing rights.
The $17 billion mining project would produce 20 percent more emissions each year than New York City and require ocean dredging nearby the Great Barrier Reef.
Some of the world's leading energy companies are poised to begin fracking for natural gas in Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria region — and aboriginal groups seek to stop them.
Four people were killed just days before a government agency report was published warning that climate change will fuel longer and more intense bushfire seasons.
An especially strong El Niño is intensifying fires in Borneo and Sumatra that are intentionally set to clear forests for palm oil, pulp paper, and timber plantations.
Haze from the annual forest fires — deliberately set to clear land for agriculture — are causing massive amounts of pollution, sickening people, and endangering wildlife.