Ecos

A bimonthly scholarly journal that publishes research and issues of sustainability in the environment, industry and community. Focused on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Articles from No. 137, June-July

A Call for Tougher Groundwater Management
Sometimes called the forgotten resource, groundwater occupies the spaces created by geological fractures and soil pores underground. These are known as aquifers when they can hold a usable quantity of water, and the depth at which aquifers merge into...
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A Legend Lives on in the Salty West
In 1922, young forester Richard St Barbe Baker, working for the British Colonial Office in Kenya, persuaded thousands of Kikuyu tribesmen to undertake a massive tree-planting program to replace the forests they had destroyed. Eighty-five years on,...
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Business Challenged to Make Its Own Path to Carbon Rewards
Trail-blazers from organisations on the leading edge of sustainable practice came together at the recent Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development in Brisbane to present an overview of the imperatives for our community in the new 'carbon economy'....
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Engaging International Communities for Whale Shark Conservation
Brad Norman's new funding support through a Rolex Award for Enterprise is enabling him to put his vision for localised whale shark conservation into practice around the globe. Winning a Rolex Award last year (see Ecos 133) was when it hit Australian...
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Improving Performances in the Boardroom
True to global research, companies that value their intangible assets and pay regard to the social, environmental and community issues that ultimately matter to stakeholders are now registering above-average financial performance. This is being reflected...
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Letting the Marshes
As part of the Macquarie River system, rising above Bathurst and the Central Tablelands of north-west NSW, there was a time when the vast 220 000 hectare expanse of the Macquarie Marshes was home to Australia's greatest diversity of waterbirds and...
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Piecing Together Australia's Climate Change Picture
CSIRO researchers have been playing a leading role in tracking the emerging signals of climate change, advancing understanding about how the phenomenon will impact the Asia-Pacific region. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research scientists contributed...
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Planning for Contingencies
We lead issue 137 with a Focus on sea-level rise predictions and their implications for Australia over the next decades. International research, including that by CSIRO (see page 4), is showing that both greenhouse gas emissions and sea-level rise...
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Plastic Membrane to Bring Down the Cost of C [0.Sub.2] Capture
Coal-fired power stations are acknowledged as the single largest contributor to Australia's carbon dioxide emissions. PhD student, Julianna Franco, has developed a cost-effective C [O.sub.2] capture system based on the use of inexpensive plastic. ...
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Preparing for Sea-Level Rise
The past 12 months have seen a deluge of newspaper articles, scientific papers and reports on climate change and global sea-level rise. One of the most anticipated was the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report--Summary...
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Smart Fishing Sets a Standard in NZ
New Zealand has a regulatory framework to protect the marine environment against human assaults and is now using a unique management model developed by Aotearoa Fisheries Limited to construct a sustainable crab fishing industry from scratch. During...
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Spider Man in the Hunt for a Safer Insecticide
An Australian researcher is developing a new natural insecticide from spider venom that is deadly to insects yet harmless to humans, animals and the environment. Professor Glenn King from the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience...
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The Benefit to the Economy of Early Climate Change Action
For years economic rationalists have warned that the costs of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will undermine not only Australia's economy but also the world's. In short, argue the rationalists, GHG mitigation is a bad investment, the consequences...
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Wave Power Push for New WA Desalination Plant
Western Australian company, Carnegie Corporation, is proposing to set up the world's first base-load wave-power electricity station and desalination plant by 2012 based on locally developed CETO technology. Carnegie Managing Director Dr Michael...
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