Adaptation and the race against climate change

From Ecos magazine, 15 July 2013: Five years ago, the federal government took what many felt was the visionary step of investing $50 million dollars in the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). Despite its considerable achievements – which have been hailed globally – NCCARF last month failed to secure continued funding. The initiative Continue reading Adaptation and the race against climate change

Climate change adaptation initiative feted and farewelled

From ABC Environment, 26 June 2013: A ‘VISIONARY’ federally-funded climate change research initiative has come to an end, leaving its extensive network of researchers — many of them recent graduates — pondering an uncertain future. The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) was established in 2008, with a five-year, $50 million mandate to address Continue reading Climate change adaptation initiative feted and farewelled

Early life of the West Australian dhufish

From Fish magazine, March 2013: For a fish as prevalent and important as the West Australian Dhufish, its offspring have remained under the research radar for a remarkably long time. Endemic to Western Australia, the Dhufish (Glaucosoma hebraicum) is a favourite of recreational and commercial fishers. But, until recently, little was known about its eggs Continue reading Early life of the West Australian dhufish

Genetic technology in the management of wild fisheries

From Fish magazine, March 2013: A new FRDC report examines the role that current and developing genetic technologies can play in addressing some of the key issues involved in the exploitation of wild fisheries. Genetic technology provides a powerful new tool to understand how wild fish populations live, grow and change, and help ensure the Continue reading Genetic technology in the management of wild fisheries

Late 20th century hottest in over 1000 years

From ABC News in Science, 22 April 2013: Average temperatures around the world in the last thirty years of the 20th century were higher than any other time in nearly 1400 years. That’s the conclusion of the first climate reconstruction to examine global climate change from a regional perspective by an international network of climatologists Continue reading Late 20th century hottest in over 1000 years

Do environmental impact assessments protect the environment?

From ABC Environment, 6 March 2013: BUSINESSES PROTESTS AGAINST the cost and delay associated with environmental impact assessments (EIAs). Green groups say they are not rigorous enough and that few projects are ever knocked back. Environmental consultants plead for more time, better funding and broader scope. The wider community clamours for its voice to be Continue reading Do environmental impact assessments protect the environment?

Environmental law reform: how much is too much?

From Ecos magazine, 18 February 2013: Would reform of Australia’s key environmental law – referred to by industry as ‘cutting green tape’– safeguard our natural resources for current and future generations, or put them at higher risk? After Australia introduced the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999, the Australian, state and territory governments Continue reading Environmental law reform: how much is too much?

Antarctic warming part of longer trend

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 23 August 2012: The rapid warming of the Antarctic Peninsula may partly be due to a long-term trend that began long before the Industrial Revolution, according to a team of Australian, British and French researchers. But, they say, warming in the past 100 years has been unusual and, Continue reading Antarctic warming part of longer trend

Uncertain future for international forest scheme

From ABC Environment, 19 June: TO INDUSTRIAL NATIONS scrabbling desperately for ways to reduce their carbon debt, the idea was instantly appealing: invest in developing-world projects that either prevent a forest from being cleared, or replant an area that has been cleared, thus reducing global carbon emissions, and earn carbon credits in the process. With Continue reading Uncertain future for international forest scheme