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How much suffering is OK when it comes to pest control?

Dr Clive Marks has published widely on pest control in peer-reviewed science journals. His research has led him to question why animal welfare remains largely sidelined in the pest control debate.

Dr Clive A Marks     14-Apr-2014

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Sheep know best: shrub selection and the wisdom of the flock
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As a livestock crop, perennials – especially native shrubs such as species of saltbush – not only capture rainfall all year round, but also sequester more carbon over time than crops or pastures that contain only annuals. But what do the livestock think?
23-Apr-2014
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How to create mineral wealth from waste and reduce landfill
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While Australia's rich stocks of raw mineral resources have contributed to the nation’s wealth and given us a competitive advantage we are also one of the highest waste producing nations in the world (on a per capita basis).
Anna Littleboy     23-Apr-2014
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Science and the economics of adaptation in a warming world
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For a long time, people were hesitant to discuss adapting to climate change. Some called it defeatist, others worried it would be used as an excuse to delay action on emissions reduction.
Paul E Hardisty     14-Apr-2014
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How much suffering is OK when it comes to pest control?
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Dr Clive Marks has published widely on pest control in peer-reviewed science journals. His research has led him to question why animal welfare remains largely sidelined in the pest control debate.
Dr Clive A Marks     14-Apr-2014
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Following the plot: the value of long-term ecological monitoring
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While the outlook for those interested in biodiversity conservation in Australia is often grim, a recently published book, Biodiversity and Environmental Change: Monitoring, Challenges and Direction does contain some good news and success stories. An important ingredient in this success has been knowledge gained from long-term environmental monitoring.
07-Apr-2014
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Adapting to climate change: window of opportunity closing fast but options still open
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Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II released its Fifth Assessment Report, which focuses on the vulnerability of natural systems to climate change, the impacts of this change, and adaptation options. While the issue received a fair bit of media coverage last week, here is a roundup of insights from five CSIRO researchers, all lead authors of the report, on how humanity can best adapt to the change.
Chris Johnson     07-Apr-2014
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Reconnecting landscape: it’s not just about planting trees
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How do we know when revegetation programs are successful? More specifically, when the aim is not just to regenerate tree species but to reconnect fragmented landscapes and bring back wildlife, how do we know what success looks like?
Angela Sanders     31-Mar-2014
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Home computers to help reveal what's driving record rain and heat in our region
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The Weather@home project, just launched in Australia and New Zealand, is the latest stage of what has been dubbed ‘the world’s largest climate modelling experiment’, started in the UK a decade ago.
Katherine Smyrk and Liz Minchin     31-Mar-2014
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Flexible electronics to boot up new solar manufacturing industry?
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Australia's manufacturing industry could be given a welcome boost if it takes advantage of some of the latest research here and overseas to create ultra thin and flexible electronic devices, including solar cell films that could be integrated with windows and roofs.
Scott Watkins     24-Mar-2014
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Too busy to grieve
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Extinction may sound like something that happened to Australian animals a long time ago, but the truth is, it's still happening. And it seems all of us, including biologists, are too busy to grieve the alarming rate of species loss.
Tim Low     24-Mar-2014
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Keeping drug-resistant superbugs off the table
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It's little wonder that Professor Lindsay Grayson has become a fierce advocate for legislative change to stop antibiotic-resistant superbugs from making their way into our food supply.
Lynnette Hoffman     17-Mar-2014
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The evidence shows sea levels are rising: let’s not be caught out
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Today much of the world's population lives near the coast. At the same time, scientific evidence shows sea levels are rising. What will this mean for the world in the 21st century and beyond? What choices do we have?
John A. Church     17-Mar-2014
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Turtle tagging to help assess Gladstone dredging risks
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Australian industry, environmentalists and fishing interests have been at loggerheads over the dredging of Gladstone Harbour. On the one hand, Gladstone and the state of Queensland seek economic prosperity from growing investment in regional resources extraction, processing and shipping. On the other, the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef lies at Gladstone Port’s doorstep.
Mike McRae     11-Mar-2014
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Victoria Marles: How law can work for nature
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For a week or so around International Women’s Day, women’s achievements take centre stage. Last week, ECOS interviewed Dr Helen Cleugh, a key contributor to the recent State of the Climate report. This week, we chat with Victoria Marles, lawyer and CEO of the Victoria-based Trust for Nature. The Trust, one of Australia’s oldest private conservation organisations, works with private landholders to protect biodiversity through conservation ‘covenants’ and other mechanisms.
Michele Sabto     11-Mar-2014
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Helen Cleugh: Making a statement about climate
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While Australia's latest ‘State of the Climate' report paints a gloomy picture of increased warming, rising greenhouse gas concentrations and more extreme weather, Dr Helen Cleugh – Deputy Chief Research (Climate and Atmosphere) of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research – says climate science is a rewarding profession to be in because it can make a difference.
Bianca Nogrady     04-Mar-2014
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Safer water: helping a neighbour in need
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In India, increased demand for limited water resources from a growing population – along with pollution from urban and industrial development – are reducing water quantity and quality. While the problem is not new, India's capacity to respond continues to be limited.
Michele Sabto     03-Mar-2014
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