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. 125, June-July

A Burgeoning Role for Aboriginal Knowledge
Indigenous knowledge systems have developed over thousands of years through association with the variability of the environment. Their structures and application are quite unlike those of the modern scientific knowledge model. With such vast experience...
A Fish Farming Salinity Solution
It is a little disturbing that the inland waters of the Murray-Darling river system are so saline in places that marine species can survive. However, Research Leader for Aquaculture with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Dr Geoff Allan,...
A New Vision for Regional Management: The Wet Tropics Aboriginal Plan
Aboriginal, political and community leaders from throughout northern Australian gathered in Innisfail in April this year to launch Caring for Country and Culture: The Wet Tropics Aboriginal Cultural and Natural Resource Management Plan. The initiative...
Blueprint Planning for National Coastal Development
Responsibility for Australia's increasingly pressured coastal strip is shared by numerous jurisdictions, including local, state and commonwealth governments. This has made fundamental strategic planning for its sustainable development difficult to...
Closing the Loop? A Review of Recycling in Australia
How are we faring as a nation when it comes to domestic and industrial recycling? What are its real environmental and economic impacts and are these measured? More importantly, should we really be doing more of it, and do recent technological advances...
Cultural Burning Revives a Kakadu Wetland
A powerful melding of traditional Aboriginal knowledge of land management and Western ecological science is producing outstanding results in a 'Burning for Biodiversity' project in Kakadu National Park. On a floodplain of the South Alligator River,...
Garbage Miners Mean Business
The intractable garbage that doesn't go into kerbside recycling bins--officially known as 'residual waste'--is at the heart of the waste disposal crisis, as it mounts up at landfill sites. Now, an Australian resource company has applied its skills...
Glacial Retreat Heralds Changing Antarctic Climate
Research has shown that Brown Glacier on subantarctic Heard Island is retreating rapidly. It suggests that local climatic conditions are continuing to change rather than stabilise. Measurement of the basic physical characteristics of Brown Glacier...
Metals: Supremely Recyclable
Re-use and recycling can help minimise fresh raw material inputs, waste outputs, and the manufacturing energy demands for most materials. Researchers at CSIRO Minerals, Mr Terry Norgate and Dr John Rankin, say that metals are proving prime candidates...
Misima Mines Ltd Responds to Island Gold Mine Concerns
In issue 122 (page 4), Ecos reported on the concerns being raised by Australian-based mining watch group the Mineral Policy Institute (MPI) over handling of allegedly significant environmental and socio-political impacts arising during the closure...
Old Know-How Used in New Ways
In the recent six months, there appears to have been a distinct increase in the number of announcements on new initiatives involving the application of Aboriginal knowledge to natural resource management scenarios. It seems to represent positive thinking...
Sponging off the Natural North
To meet strong global demand, researchers, Indigenous communities, governments and a private company are cooperating to set up a novel sponge-farming industry in the warm marine waters off Arnhem Land and Torres Strait. 'In the Northern Territory,...
Tasmania's Tourism Future Brightens
Tourism looks set to be a big beneficiary of Tasmania's new $250 million Community Forest Agreement package, announced by the Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments in May, to increase the state's reserves of old-growth forest. As well as promising...
Teamwork for a Survey of Sea Country
Australia's expansive northern marine environment is relatively unknown to modern science. Now the coastal waters stretching from Kakadu National Park, across Arnhem Land to the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait are under the microscope--some...
The Green Frontier: RNAi Biotechnology's Promising Applications
A new research tool for molecular genetics, hailed as the most important technology since the polymerase chain reaction in the early 1980s, is transforming research across the medical and biological sciences. Agriculture, the environment and people...
Threatened Whale Sharks Draw Calls to End Exploitation
Eighty marine science experts from 23 countries, who attended an international marine conference in Perth during May, have issued a plea for countries to work more vigorously at protecting the unique, migratory whale shark--the largest fish in the...
Woodshed to Power Britain
Melbourne-based alternative technology company, Woodshed Technologies, was recently granted a UK patent for a novel marine tidal energy system that can provide dean, reliable electricity. Together with two other Australian companies, it intends to...