About ECOS

Since 1974, ECOS has reported on sustainability issues from a scientific perspective for Australia’s national scientific research agency, CSIRO. ECOS is published by CSIRO PUBLISHING.

Through well-researched features and news updates on current issues and relevant research, ECOS serves as a forum for:

  • invigorating discussion on the environment and sustainability
  • raising awareness of ecological principles, and
  • explaining the challenges and benefits of good sustainable development.

ECOS is widely read in the workplace, government departments, universities, schools, libraries and environment centres around Australia.

In June 2011, after 37 years, the magazine ceased print production. ECOS is now online only (open access) extending its reach to a broader national and international community of interest. All content is freely accessible.  

The growing online archive of around 5000+ articles is a rich source of material for anyone seeking to understand sustainability issues and how these have developed, been addressed and, in many case, remain current today.

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Editor: Mary-Lou Considine
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Editorial Advisory Committee

Editorial content is informed by an Editorial Advisory Committee comprising a panel of sustainability experts:

  • Kim McKay (Chair), Director, Momentum 2
  • Dr Daniel Walker, Deputy Business Unit Leader, CSIRO Ecosystem Services
  • Julian Cribb, Principal, Julian Cribb & Associates
  • Sean Rooney, Executive Director, Foundation for Development Corporation
  • Lynette Thorstensen, Communications Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Dr Cheryl Desha, Research Principal, The Natural Edge Project
  • Dr John White, Managing Director, Global Renewables Ltd
  • Alexandra de Blas, Communications Strategist, de Blas Communications


  • Molly Harriss Olson, Director, EcoFutures
  • Dr Andrew Johnson, Group Executive – Environment, Executive and Comms and Science Strategy, CSIRO
  • Dr Steve Morton, Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
  • Phillip Toyne, Director, EcoFutures Pty Ltd
  • Mike Smith, Research Fellow, Australian National University
  • Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Research Consultant, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
  • Karlson Hargroves, Executive Director, The Natural Edge Project

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The Australian Copyright Act 1968 and subsequent amendments permit downloading and use of an article by an individual or educational institution for non-commercial personal use or study. Multiple reproduction of any ECOS article in a study block is governed by rights agreement managed by Copyright Agency Limited and fees may apply.

Authors published in ECOS have the moral right under Australian law to be acknowledged as the creator.

While reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the content on this site, CSIRO and CSIRO PUBLISHING accept no responsibility for any loss or damage from the direct or indirect use of or reliance on the content.

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Ecos Issue 196 - Table of Contents

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