Manure can offset invisible changes to soil structure from chemical fertilisers

Published 22-Sep-2014
Long-term use of chemical fertilisers causes nano-scale changes in the soil that can be offset by organic matter such as manure, according to a recent University of Western Australia (UWA) study.

Asking Ys how they might fall in love with nature

Published 22-Sep-2014
A project that will begin by asking young people how they can be inspired to love and care for nature has been initiated by Macquarie University and Oz Green, with support from the NSW Environment Trust.

Lake Eyre Basin partnership wins 2014 Australian Riverprize

Published 22-Sep-2014
The International RiverFoundation has awarded the 2014 Australian Riverprize to a research-community-state partnership working to protect the natural values of the Lake Eyre Basin.

‘Low-car diet’ could save trillions of $$$ and megatons of CO2

Published 22-Sep-2014
A global 40 per cent cut in urban passenger transport emissions would save more than US$100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and eliminate 1700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050, according to a new report. Instead, more people would use public transport, walking and cycling.

Solar transforms raw materials into everyday ingredients

Published 22-Sep-2014
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) scientist Dr Sarina Sarina is working on driving energy-intensive chemical production processes at ambient temperature using light instead of fossil fuels. The work has won her the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the famous Max Planck Institute in Berlin.

Australia’s first fuel cell bicycle hits the streets

Published 15-Sep-2014
Researchers have built an Australian-first bicycle that can take riders up to 125 kilometres on a single battery charge and $2 of hydrogen.

All hands on deck: citizen oceanographers on the horizon

Published 15-Sep-2014
Recreational sailors could help provide vital scientific knowledge about the world's oceans by sampling and testing remote waters from their yachts, according to a team of Australian researchers.

Rangers keep a sharp eye on rare Gouldian Finches

Published 15-Sep-2014
At least three small breeding populations of the rare and endangered Gouldian Finch have been located on the Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome.

Fairtrade is working for farmers and consumers

Published 15-Sep-2014
Products with Fairtrade certification are seeing a continued 15 per cent growth in the market, providing more support and services for farmers and workers.

Solar desalination a solution for Indian villages

Published 15-Sep-2014
A simple set of solar panels and a battery system connected to an electrodialysis desalination unit could provide fresh water for a typical Indian village – that’s the finding of recent research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

Giant garbage patches reveal their sources

Published 08-Sep-2014
Mapping the oceans' giant garbage patches has revealed to Australian scientists how the world's sea surfaces are connected in unexpected ways, and has also helped them identify the countries producing the most garbage pollution.

Perth may lose its Carnaby’s cockatoos by 2029

Published 08-Sep-2014
Perth's population of endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos is in collapse, with numbers falling by 15 per cent each year, according to BirdLife Australia's latest Great Cocky Count. The outlook is bleak for these birds as vital habitat continues to be destroyed.

‘Green growth’ one of nine steps to a better life for Pacific Island nations

Published 08-Sep-2014
A new United Nations report, launched prior to a recent International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa, has called for stronger action to foster more inclusive and sustainable human development in the Pacific region.

And now, the 2050 weather: warmer, wetter, wilder

Published 08-Sep-2014
Mega-droughts and deadly heatwaves. A year's rainfall in a month. Coastal cities under water. Destruction of ocean life. Invasive pests. Arctic cruises. These are some of the scenarios for 2050 from a series of imaginary, but realistic, reports staged to give us a glimpse of the future's warmer, wetter and wilder weather.

Peak meat production strains land and water resources

Published 08-Sep-2014
The strain meat production places on global resources could be reduced by eating less meat, feeding livestock with grass instead of grain, using natural fertilisers and ending factory-style livestock operations, according to a recent Worldwatch Institute analysis.

Some desert plants more heatwave-resistant than others

Published 01-Sep-2014
Researchers have identified a wide variation in thermal tolerances of desert plants, meaning some species may be more vulnerable than others in a heatwave.

Mini choppers map rainforest weed invasions

Published 01-Sep-2014
Australia's rare rainforests, such as Queensland's iconic Daintree, could have an unexpected aerial ally in the battle against weeds – autonomous mini helicopters equipped with advanced imaging technology.

Innovation gets a boost in solar sector

Published 01-Sep-2014
$21.5 million funding has been allocated through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to 12 new R&D projects in solar photovoltaics, solar thermal and solar storage.

Genetic technologies point to proliferation of insect species

Published 01-Sep-2014
While scientists have some idea of the diversity of plants, mammals and birds in Australia little is known about the number of insect species. The puzzle is now being solved through the use of DNA technology and chromosome analysis.

Missing heat may be hiding deep in the Atlantic

Published 01-Sep-2014
More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. A new study shows that the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle.

Ecos Issue 198 - Table of Contents


Ecological Society of Australia

Alice Springs, 28 September - 3 October

Climate Adaptation 2014: Future Challenges

Gold Coast, 30 September – 2 October

Australian Regional Development Conference

Albury, 15-16 October

Coast to Coast Conference

Mandurah, WA, 27-31 October

Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand Annual Conference

Hobart, TAS, 30-31 October 2014