Fire bans are in place for most of the state's south into and beyond the weekend, when a dry and gusty change blows in on the back of above-average temperatures.
- by Matt Dennien
The government's peak infrastructure agency has been told 94 per cent of Australians want new projects to prepare for more extreme events such as floods and fires.
- by David Crowe
"This is just off the charts," say hurricane researchers.
- by Seth Borenstein
A firefighter has died battling a wildfire in California that officials said was sparked by a device used to reveal a baby's gender.
Hurricane Sally uprooted trees, flooded streets and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses as the powerful storm tore across the Alabama-Florida coast.
The ice shelf has lost 160 square kilometres, an area nearly twice that of Manhattan in New York, since 1999.
The second storm in less than a month to threaten the region, Sally was headed toward a slow-motion landfall on the US Gulf Coast.
- by Jennifer Hiller
Tom Suttor is half expecting William Mainprize to turn up at his door or send him a text.
- by Laura Chung
Dozens of wildfires swept across America's West Coast states devastating communities and forcing a third of the Oregon population to be evacuated.
- by Carlos Barria and Adrees Latif
La Nina — a phenomenon that occurs when the surface of the Pacific Ocean cools — has officially formed, the US Climate Prediction Centre said.
- by Brian K. Sullivan
The family of a missing Australian have pleaded for efforts to rescue their son to continue after the Japanese Coast Guard called off the full-time search for a missing cargo ship.
- by Eryk Bagshaw