Australian environmentalists say hundreds of koalas have been killed at a bluegum logging plantation in the state of Victoria, sparking an investigation by officials.
Parts of Australia's east coast were hit by severe storms on Saturday, dousing some of the bushfires that have devastated the region for months but causing road closures and flash flooding.
Thousands of protesters rallied in Sydney on Wednesday demanding urgent climate action from Australia's government, as bushfire smoke choking the city caused health problems to spike.
Thousands of firefighters burned grassland in eastern Australia on Monday in a desperate bid to starve an anticipated new front of bushfires of fuel before forecast searing temperatures on Tuesday.
As firefighters struggled to contain bushfires on Wednesday, Australian authorities ordered immediate evacuations for the people most threatened, including those in coastal tourist destinations.
Australian Associated Press reported that the aircraft, a 1994 Kawasaki BK117, had crashed into a tree.
Holidaymakers trapped by bushfire had to be rescued by boat from a national park south of Australia's largest city of Sydney and 200 people were evacuated by firefighters ...
Eastern Australia was bracing for severe "off the scale" fire conditions on Sunday as it baked in a heatwave that has broken temperature records and sparked dire warnings from authorities.
A bushfire destroyed nearly 100 homes in Western Australia as it swept through countryside south of Perth, but there were no casualties reported.
Plans for China’s new development bank, one of Beijing’s biggest global policy successes, were almost shelved two years ago due to doubts among senior Chinese policymakers.