In this issue

Issue 195


Record rains made Australia a giant green global carbon sink
Record-breaking rains triggered so much new growth across Australia that the continent turned into a giant green carbon sink to rival tropical rainforests including the Amazon, our new research shows.
Article Image
Big tick for entomologists and biosecurity: 3D colour scans of insects
Natural-colour 3D digitisation of insects could play a role in protecting Australia‘s environment, its food and agricultural industries, and the health of its people.
Article Image
Male-only gene trick could leave invasive fish species floundering
A genetic modification that creates male-only populations could give Australia a new weapon against invasive fish such as carp that plague its waterways.
Article Image
Gene ‘poaching’ the secret to eucalypt resilience?
Despite what most people think, identifying eucalypts is no easy task. A tree that may look like an alpine ash might also harbour genes more commonly found in a mountain ash tree downslope. In fact, this tendency of eucalypts to readily ‘poach' genes from related species may hold the key to their survival in a rapidly changing climate.
Article Image
Catching fires in a neural net
What do you do in your spare time? Bit of gardening? Swimming? Cooking? How about training a computer neural network to predict where bushfires might break out?
Article Image
What is climate sensitivity? How much humans add to the greenhouse effect
Humans are emitting CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. As these gases build up they trap extra heat and make the climate warmer. But how much warmer? Two of Australia's leading meteorologists explain how the greenhouse effect works.
Article Image
Birds on the edge: species at risk from climate change
2002 was a dry year in the rainforests of Cape York Peninsula, and proved tough for local bird species, particularly the white-faced robin – a delightful little bird that takes insects from the forest floor. Of the robins that were tagged, only around 25 per cent survived that year (in normal years, annual survival tops 70 per cent).
Article Image

In Brief - Round-up of sustainability news

Benefits of bush restoration stack up for environment and communities
Australian device could help US clean up contamination faster and at less cost
New research shows plants and rain may have a deeper connection
Mallee biofuel could cut aircraft emissions, create new regional industry
Study will help Bangladesh adapt to a changing climate
Tree for tree, Borneo soaks up more CO2 than the Amazon
Cheaper e-tags enable tracking of more Australian animals
Rising CO2 pushes cold air south, away from Australia
Scientists work with fishing industry to keep an eye on Corner Inlet
‘Green business’ to-date not enough to save the planet warns report
Wind reduces SA emissions with no added burden to the grid
Social, environmental impacts of dams can be reduced: IIED
Environmental experts meet for national ‘Grand Workshop'
The science is in: the solution to pollution is not dilution
Protective skin probiotics may help endangered frogs
‘Baby bonus’ to tackle decline in captive Lao elephant population

Past Issues



January 2015


December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014

Past Years

2010 to 2013
2000 to 2009
1990 to 1999
1980 to 1989
1974 to 1979

ECOS Archive

Welcome to the ECOS Archive site which brings together 40 years of sustainability articles from 1974-2014.

For more recent ECOS articles visit the blog. You can also sign up to the email alert or RSS feed