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Issue 162


Unions take a stand for climate science
With their networks into the workplace and a long history of collective action, trade unions have been raising awareness among Australian workers about climate change, the supporting science and new job opportunities.
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The sustainability cost myth
Leading organisations have been implementing sustainable practice for more than 20 years. Elsewhere, however, the perception that ‘sustainability costs more' remains a real barrier to progress. Is this perception backed by evidence, and is it likely to endure?
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Myrtle rust: how big a threat to native plants?
What happens when a plant pathogen invades a new continent brimming with potential victims? Australia is set to find out, as myrtle rust spreads within the country's dominant plant family – the Myrtaceae.
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Science a good start to understanding climate change
Young Australians at primary and lower secondary school levels are learning about the underlying science of climate change and taking a positive approach to the issue, thanks to a schools program developed by CSIRO called CarbonKids.
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Is feeding wild birds OK?
It's something most Australian birdwatchers notice on a trip to the Northern Hemisphere: everywhere you go, people are feeding birds.
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Managing aquaculture's net benefits
Fish and shrimp farming is one of the world's fastest growing food production sectors. While aquaculture has clear benefits, including alleviating high pressure on wild fish stocks, its recently assessed development trajectory and potential environmental impacts are still raising concern. Fortunately, nearly thirty years of leading research into more sustainable aquaculture by Australian scientists is set to benefit the industry in the Oceanic region.
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Greenhouse gas data, fresh from the source
CSIRO recently launched a new web-based resource to make the latest monthly atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) data from Cape Grim available to users inside and outside the scientific community. Cape Grim, in western Tasmania, is one of three premier Baseline Air Pollution Stations in the global monitoring network.
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In Brief - Round-up of sustainability news

Willow seed-dispersal patterns key to control
Climate change: plants can protect but also need to adapt
Genetics identifies new miniature frog in Pilbara
Printable solar cells could be coated onto roofs
Managers must lead sustainability push, says new report
Stirred ponds may boost treated water supply for rural communities
Global methane ‘flattening’ still a mystery
Reducing pipe bursts to minimise urban water losses globally
Tyre take-back scheme rollout a step closer
Eureka Prize short list covers wide spectrum of science
Draft plan for Barrow Island open for comment
UN award to scientist for helping protect world’s livestock
Blue carbon could be Shark Bay gold
Green building ratings moved higher with progress
Healthy ecosystems essential for future food security: global report
New technologies to lighten the web
Local and federal govts set sights on energy efficiency payoffs
Health groups prescribe hydration for Murray–Darling communities


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