Australian mine tailings dams identified as ‘high risk’

Mining giants Rio Tinto, BHP and Glencore have listed several of their tailings dams across Australia as being at "high" or "extreme" risk of failure in self audits.

You are ingesting one teaspoon of microplastic a week, study finds

At a conservative estimate, people around the world are consuming a credit card's-worth of microplastic every week, according to a new study.

‘Take your s*** from Indonesia’: Australia accused of smuggling waste to East Java

A ban on sending waste to China for recycling has seen Indonesia become one of the largest destinations for Australia's waste paper and plastic, with human faeces, nappies and sanitary pads allegedly among the exported rubbish.

Study reveals ‘quite disturbing’ contamination of Tasmanian lakes

Tasmania trades on its reputation for unspoiled and beautiful natural landscapes — but a recent study shows some lakes in the state's Wilderness World Heritage Area have metal contamination levels among the highest ever recorded.

Ocean shopping-trolley graveyard and the rising cost of cleaning it up

A regional council left with a massive bill for removing 500 trolleys from an underwater graveyard near its wharf says it could force major retailers Coles and Woolworths to pay.

Worker recovers in hospital as union demands action over Campbellfield chemical blaze

The Australian Workers' Union demands tougher regulation following Friday's blaze at a waste storage business that injured two workers and spewed thick black smoke over Melbourne.

We asked for your election questions — you told us three things

Over the past seven weeks, ABC readers have been submitting questions about the NSW election — in the process, you actually told us three things would decide your vote this Saturday. Here's a peek.