NEWS

Global and Australian warmingcontinues: CSIRO

Published 15-Dec-2014
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.

Longer-lasting lithium batteries for electric cars being developed here

Published 15-Dec-2014
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.

Ten-year plan to save Kakadu’s threatened species gets federal support

Published 15-Dec-2014
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.

Pace of climate change will challenge reptiles and amphibians

Published 15-Dec-2014
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.

Hybrid cell solution brings solar efficiency to record high

Published 15-Dec-2014
Australian solar researchers have converted more than 40 per cent of the sunlight hitting a solar panel into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported.

Smart mirror beams heat from buildings into ‘cold space'

Published 08-Dec-2014
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.

Young Australians meet to (re)generate their love of nature

Published 08-Dec-2014
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.

Greener cities are cooler cities in summer: new guide reveals how

Published 08-Dec-2014
Australian councils are being urged to take up new guidelines in green urban planning to create cooler cites with greener landscapes to reduce the risk of heat stress.

Study of overgrazed kelp-beds shows how to avoid ecosystem ‘tipping points'

Published 08-Dec-2014
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.

Australia's warmest-ever spring, and prospect of ‘moderate’ El Niño

Published 08-Dec-2014
In a Special Climate Statement issued last week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) reported that spring 2014 was Australia's warmest on record.

National digital soil map opens window to better landscape management

Published 02-Dec-2014
Australia's vast, complex land surface is now represented in a ‘digital tapestry' thanks to the development of a new comprehensive set of national soil and landscape maps.

Probability and pest eradication: it may not be over when it’s ‘over’

Published 02-Dec-2014
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.

Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice

Published 02-Dec-2014
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.

New emissions standards help track policy progress towards mitigation goals

Published 02-Dec-2014
For the first time, governments worldwide now have consistent, reliable methods to account for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from their climate policies and goals.

CrocBITE snaps up support to improve croc awareness globally

Published 02-Dec-2014
A world-wide database compiling information about crocodilian attacks has received a funding boost that will improve accessibility and help with future conservation efforts of the species.



Ecos Issue 201 - Table of Contents

 Events

Saltwater Freshwater Festival

Coffs Harbour, 26 January 2015

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