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Issue 181


Bringing public participation to the water table
While many would be aware that last Friday (22 March) was International Water Day, fewer would know that 2013 is the United Nations’ International Year of Water Cooperation.
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Could ‘mining magnate thinking' help conserve koalas?
Koalas in south-east Queensland are in trouble. They are threatened by vehicles, dog attacks and disease. And these threats are growing as koala habitat is cleared to make way for housing and industrial estates. How much more information do we need about these koalas before we can take action?
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The new language of sustainability: risk and resilience
Sustainability has become a business buzzword in recent years. For many, though, it's still viewed as a philanthropic initiative disconnected from a company's core goals, or even as a burden that competes with other strategic priorities. That must change.
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Save or recreate? Lessons from Singapore on the value of green spaces
With development nibbling away at long-established green spaces in and around Australia's largest cities, could we look to intensively urbanised Singapore for some wisdom on the value of such spaces for city dwellers?
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Four years on: what have we learned from Black Saturday?
Saturday 7 February 2009 will go down in Australia's history as one of the worst days for bushfires since European arrival. On that day, which became known as Black Saturday, 173 people died in Victoria as a result of bushfires burning out of control.
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Mapping the living story of an ancient land
Lake Gregory is a semi-permanent waterbody in the desert of north-western Australia. The lake is known by the local Walmajarri people as ‘Paruku'. Not only is it of national significance as a waterbird refuge, but it has also offered up evidence of past climates and human habitation.
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Some snakes are lovers, others are fighters
When it comes to the choice between making love or war, size really does matter – if you are a snake, that is. Renowned Sydney University biologist, Professor Rick Shine, heralds our entrance into the Chinese Year of the Snake by sharing some unusual insights into the sometimes combative, sometimes sensual world of these much-maligned reptiles.
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In Brief - Round-up of sustainability news

CSIRO collaboration to grapple with global issues
Planetary stability must be integrated with UN targets to fight poverty
Cost-effective battery key to small-scale energy storage
Microborers may devour reefs in warmer, acidic oceans
Sweet news for cane growers: medical test could reduce fertiliser runoff
Locals can do it better
Arctic plankton will switch from sink to source in warmer oceans
Living up to adaptable housing benchmark
Saltgrass part of innovative farm-system for saline land
Aussie flowers target birds with red shift
'Good gender practice' in delivering aid
Presence of scientists wards off poachers and other threats
Training program to monitor Pacific tuna fishery at risk
Water stress, not heat, will cut yields under global warming
New research into Australia’s ‘blue carbon’ potential
Underground solution to cool Perth supercomputer
Australia would gain from energy savings: global experts
Melbourne gets serious about green roofs
Australian wine producers lead climate change adaptation
Earth continues to warm strongly: Climate Commission

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