Tree grafting a way to bring koala habitat to urban areas

Published 28-Jul-2014
Tree species eaten by koalas are generally unpopular with both urban landowners and councils due to falling limbs and larger sizes. Grafting these species to smaller trees may boost koala forage and habitat in urban areas.

New investment platform for Australian clean energy infrastructure

Published 28-Jul-2014
Australian superfunds and other institutional investors are increasingly looking for investments that reduce their emissions exposures. A recently established unlisted clean energy infrastructure investment platform may be the answer.

Australia ranks 10th on international energy efficiency scorecard

Published 28-Jul-2014
Australia comes 10th in an energy efficiency ranking of 16 of the world's major economies. Germany comes 1st, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published this month by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Backyard bird baths under scrutiny

Published 28-Jul-2014
Australians are being asked to take time out to record activity in their backyard bird baths, in a new citizen science project from BirdLife Australia.

Biosecurity skills program aims to build capacity in East Africa and Australia

Published 21-Jul-2014
A plant biosecurity skills program will help East African farmers and policymakers address regional plant pest and disease issues and facilitate intra-regional trade.

International panel to provide evidence-based advocacy on sustainable food

Published 21-Jul-2014
An international panel on sustainable food systems (IPES-Food) co-chaired by Professor Olivier de Schutter, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, has been launched with the support of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2010 in memory of Daniel Carasso, founder of Danone in France and Dannon in the USA, and his wife. It supports sustainable food systems and art projects.

Greenhouse allows a change of atmosphere for plant researchers

Published 21-Jul-2014
A new world-class greenhouse facility to be built at the University of Western Sydney's Hawkesbury Campus will equip the Australian horticulture industry with the technology required to meet the increasing constraints in water and energy supplies.

Latest biodiversity information captured in new CSIRO book

Published 21-Jul-2014
Capturing the latest information on Australia's biodiversity, a new book from CSIRO, Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia, aims to provide business, government and the community with practical solutions to managing Australia's globally unique natural assets.

Winds intensify in coastal waters

Published 17-Jul-2014
International research undertaken by a University of the Sunshine Coast expert in marine ecology has confirmed that global warming is driving winds of change across several vital coastal ecosystems.

Rainfall and temperature keys to redlegged earth mite emergence

Published 17-Jul-2014
Models identifying weather conditions that trigger redlegged earth mite egg hatchings in different regions will allow growers to more accurately predict when they need to look out for this challenging little pest.

Research calls for a new diet classification for mammals

Published 17-Jul-2014
An analysis of 139 land mammals' dietary preferences has found many diets vary beyond the current understanding of herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore, leading researchers to call for a new classification system.

Changing Antarctic winds create new sea level threat

Published 17-Jul-2014
New research published in Geophysical Research Letters shows projected changes in the winds circling the Antarctic may accelerate global sea level rise significantly more than previously estimated.

Mexican rust fungus set to control spread of exotic weed

Published 09-Jul-2014
Crofton weed – also known as sticky snakeroot and Mexican devil – has been invading farmland and reserves managed in NSW since the early 1900s, reducing the ecological value of bush land as well as the carrying capacity of grazing land. The release of a new biological control agent from Mexico may stop the plant's spread.

Pilbara lessons indicate Great Barrier Reef in danger from ‘perfect storm’

Published 09-Jul-2014
Scientists at a recent coral reef symposium in Canberra highlighted the degradation of reefs along the north-west Australian coast as an indicator of what lies ahead for the Great Barrier Reef when certain conditions combine to create a ‘perfect storm'.

Protected areas failing vulnerable species

Published 09-Jul-2014
Future national park expansion should focus on land that is home to threatened species, rather than on land that is cheap to protect, researchers say.

From pet to pest: newts settle on the urban fringe

Published 09-Jul-2014
Once confined behind pet shop windows, the smooth newt – now labelled a ‘controlled pest animal' in Victoria – has made a new home in bushland around Melbourne's urban fringe.

'Can-do' – reverse vending machines offer rewards for recycling

Published 02-Jul-2014
The City of Sydney is trialling new ‘reverse' vending machines that provide small rewards to people depositing empty plastic bottles or cans into a machine.

Hydro and wind fuel upward trend in renewable energy

Published 02-Jul-2014
According to a recent report released by the Clean Energy Council, strong hydro generation and the opening of the largest wind farm in the country lifted renewable energy's share of Australia's power generation to over 14 per cent in the 2013 calendar year.

Australia takes part in global UN initiative to cut food waste

Published 02-Jul-2014
Australian leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest, is partnering with the United Nations to tackle the issues of food and nutrition security and sustainable food systems at upcoming Think.Eat.Save events to be held across the country on Monday 21 July.

Life-saving lesson: goannas taught to spurn the taste of toad

Published 02-Jul-2014
Researchers are investigating whether goannas can be taught to avoid eating cane toads – in an approach similar to previous studies involving native marsupials – in the remote east Kimberley, close to the invasion front of cane toads.

Ecos Issue 196 - Table of Contents


Growing National Prosperity: Government’s role in the 21st century

Canberra, 5-7 August

Government Sustainability Conference

Sydney, 12-13 August

National Science Week

National, 16-24 August

Spatial Information Day

Adelaide, 29 August

7th International Urban Design Conference

Adelaide, 1-3 September

Enviro14: Pathways for Better Business

Adelaide, 17-19 September

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