Mary-Lou Considine This month, ECOS moves to a new home, but its 41-year archive will continue to be freely accessible online. That archive tells the story of how #Sustainability#science evolved in Australia. So where did it all begin?
At the recent World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a group of the world’s most influential companies – including IKEA, Nestlé and Swiss Re – argued there is a growing #Business case for investing in low #carbon energy. As a result, these companies have joined the global RE100 campaign to go 100 per cent renewable.
A national review of annual commuter costs has found that Australians could save an average of $9973 every year, simply by travelling to work with public transport instead of owning and driving a car or purchasing a second household car.
Gary Fitt A nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they're considered in the Australia’s Biosecurity Future report recently published by CSIRO and its partners.
Eddo Coiacetto Developers often cop criticism for being environmental vandals who'd do anything in the name of profit. But the #Industry is complex, ranging from one-off ‘mum and dad' investors to global corporations. One thing they all have in common is that what they produce – residential and commercial developments – will need to perform in future environments that may call into question how or why the structures were built in the first place.
While long-term observations indicate that oxygen-depleted zones in the tropical oceans have expanded in recent decades, the reason has remained unclear. In a recent study published in the international journal, Geophysical Research Letters, scientists report that the cause is a natural fluctuation of the trade winds, with recent, weaker trade winds reducing the supply of oxygen to the tropics.
The accelerated impacts of human activity on the Earth over the past 60 years have reached ‘planetary-scale' proportions, in turn driving the earth into a new geological age, according to new research.
Justin Leonard The latest round of bushfires, which claimed 27 homes in the Adelaide Hills, has once again highlighted the importance of planning for the worst. Mercifully, no human lives were lost, and it will be important to learn whatever lessons we can to avoid future tragedies.
Ectotherms – animals that regulate their body temperature through the external #Environment – may be resilient to some #Climate Change impacts, but may not keep pace with the rapid rate of change, leading to potentially disastrous outcomes for biodiversity.
Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have joined with Australia's AutoCRC and the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) to develop longer lasting lithium-ion batteries for #electric vehicles.
May-Le Ng Imagine yourself in the middle of the rainforest. Close your eyes. What do you hear? Perhaps the rustling of ground birds scratching around in the leaf litter, the sudden whip of a whipbird, the machine gun rattle of Lewin's honeyeater, the swish of the high canopy as the #Wind passes overhead.
A highlight of the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress held in Sydney in November was the meeting of 27 young people from across NSW who form part of The (re)Generation, a new project to inspire youth to enjoy and care for nature.
Energy-responsive surfaces like CSIRO’s thin film #solar cells are set to make future built environments more sustainable. Now, at Stanford University in the US, researchers have developed an ultrathin material that can cool a building by radiating warmth from inside the building into space, at the same time reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat.
Alex Wonhas As #climate negotiators meet at the United Nations' Lima summit, which comes hot on the heels of the landmark US-China #climate deal, there is a renewed focus on how the world can move to a lower-emissions future.
Findings from an international research study of kelp-bed collapse as a result of overgrazing by sea urchins will help future researchers identify how marine ecosystems collapse andwhen to step in before it's too late.
Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia have developed the first high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice using an underwater robot. The technology provides accurate ice-thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access.
Cadhla Firth, Kurt Zuelke Our world is becoming increasingly urbanised. In 1950, just 30 per cent of the world's population lived in #Urban areas. This number is now over 50 per cent and rising. Among urbanisation's many environmental challenges is the increased risk of pathogen transmission.
Australian scientists have developed a mathematical model that minimises the risk of pests and weeds bouncing back after ‘eradication', ensuring native wildlife and plants are properly protected from invasive pests such as foxes, feral cats, cane toads and weeds.
Urban development often results in the ‘clean up' of existing trees for construction access, neatness or reducing the risk of damage to surrounding property from falling branches or bushfire. Now researchers are warning that, as the world's #Cities lose their large old trees, native wildlife that depend on those trees for #Food and shelter will also be in jeopardy.
Michele Sabto ECOS has been exploring the ecological value of dingoes and other apex predators within ecosystems, as part of a wider debate about whether such predators should be culled or conserved in areas where they come into conflict with humans and human property. Now we ask, is it possible for dingoes and livestock grazing to co-exist?
Results of a joint UK-Australia research project has found that Australians who have a stronger sense of place at the global, rather than the national, level are more likely to accept that #Climate Change is caused by human activities.
Researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA) say that painting or choosing a roof with a light colour over a dark one will decrease annual household #Energy costs for heating and cooling by 4–8 per cent.
The World Meteorological Organization(WMO) reports that 2014 is on track to be possibly the world’s hottest year on record. Meanwhile, there’s been a lot of public commentary lately about the so-called ‘hiatus’ in global surface temperature over the past 18 years, recent sea-level rise, and what it all means.
Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory is blessed with a rich #Biodiversity that includes 75 threatened species – probably more than any other conservation reserve in Australia. Now, an ambitious new strategy has been launched with the hope of stemming the further decline of these species.