NEWS

Corporate global leaders commit to 100% renewables

Published 27-Jan-2015
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.

Melting glaciers impact carbon balance as well as sea levels

Published 27-Jan-2015
As the Earth warms and glaciers all over the world begin to melt, researchers and public policy experts have focused largely on how all of that extra water will contribute to sea level rise. But another impact is carbon: more specifically, what happens to all of the organic carbon found in those glaciers when they melt?

Public transport could save Australian commuters up to $10,000 a year

Published 27-Jan-2015
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.

Scientists map critical koala food areas for conservation

Published 27-Jan-2015
Efforts to save the koala should focus on the availability of habitat and food resources under a changing climate, according to an Australian researcher.

Sea-level rise from 1990 to present higher than previously thought

Published 27-Jan-2015
The acceleration in global sea level from the 20th century to the last two decades has been significantly larger than scientists previously thought, according to a new study.

‘Roller-coasting’ over Himalayas helps birds avoid altitude sickness

Published 27-Jan-2015
An international team of scientists has changed our understanding of how migratory geese cross the highest mountains on Earth, the Himalayas.

Visiting a park could save your life, scientists say

Published 19-Jan-2015
City dwellers should visit parks more often and take advantage of this free and easy way to boost their physical and mental health, environmental scientists have urged.

Humans have become a ‘planetary-scale force in a single lifetime’

Published 19-Jan-2015
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.

Trade winds influence oxygen levels in tropical oceans

Published 19-Jan-2015
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.

Predicting coral reef futures under climate change

Published 19-Jan-2015
An international team of researchers examining the impact of climate change on coral reefs has found a way to predict which reefs are likely to recover following bleaching episodes and which won't.

Vanishing trees could leave cities bereft of wildlife

Published 14-Jan-2015
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.

Household pollutants detected around Antarctic stations

Published 14-Jan-2015
Australian Antarctic stations are rethinking their operational practices after the discovery that common household pollutants are dispersing from Casey station into the local Antarctic environment.

Migrating shorebird populations 'running on empty'

Published 14-Jan-2015
Millions of Australia's migratory shorebirds are being pushed closer to extinction as the quality of their primary feeding grounds, or ‘refuelling areas', in East Asia continue to decline.

Hidden secrets of the Tasman's giant internal 'waves'

Published 14-Jan-2015
Hobart is the base for a new international ocean study to track the massive internal tides of the Tasman Sea.



Ecos Issue 202 - Table of Contents

 Events

Sustainable Living Festival

National venues, 7 February-1 March 2015

World Wildlife Day

International, 3 March 2015

Green Cities 2015

Melbourne, 17-19 March 2015

UN Day of Happiness

International, 20 March 2015

Ozwater ´15

Adelaide, 12-14 May 2015

Australian Solar Council Industry Conference & Exhibition

Melbourne, 13-14 May 2015

Unmaking Waste 2015

Adelaide, 21-14 May 2015

Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition

Sydney, 3-4 June 2015

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 21

Paris, France, 30 November-11 December 2015