Hot and bothered: our health under climate change

From Ecos Magazine, 10 July 2014: As citizens living in a developed economy, we have a certain level of control over our health. Most of us have access to medicines, treatments and health services designed to cure our ills, or at least minimise pain. We also have access to information about dietary and lifestyle choices Continue reading Hot and bothered: our health under climate change

Tropical fish threaten kelp and algae

From ABC News in Science, 9 July 2014: Plant-eating tropical fish species are causing serious damage to algae and kelp forests in sub-tropical and temperate regions around the world, an international team of experts warn. The findings come from a review published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, which suggests that climate Continue reading Tropical fish threaten kelp and algae

Ancient reefs helped shape fish diversity

From ABC Science Online, 30 May 2014: Large coral reefs have acted as survival centres for fish biodiversity during periods of climatic upheaval, explaining the extraordinary biodiversity present in the Indo-Pacific region. The findings appear in an international study published today in the journal Science. Researchers used sediment core data to map the changing distribution Continue reading Ancient reefs helped shape fish diversity

Adaptation and 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 race against climate change

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

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

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

Indonesia’s peatlands a testground for REDD+

From Ecos magazine, June 2012: Once home to one of the world’s largest unbroken stretches of tropical peatlands, Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan region has suffered badly from environmental mismanagement in recent years. Its devastated peatlands are now the focus of an Australian–Indonesian restoration effort that is using the region as a demonstration project for reducing global Continue reading Indonesia’s peatlands a testground for REDD+