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. 134, December

Events Calendar
Green Cities '07: Where Our Future Lives Sydney, 11-14 February 2007 www.propertyoz.com.au/nsw/events/flyers/GreenCities.pdf Sustainable Materials in the Built Environment 2007 Melbourne, 19-20 February 2007 www.materialsaustralia.com.au/SMb2007...
Foreign Problems in the Desert Landscape: In Australia's Top End, the Growing Problem of Introduced Plant Species Becoming Weeds Is Being Made Worse by a Climate and Urban Culture That Encourages the Planting of Exotic Ornamentals
There is a sheltered cove in Darwin where the cliffs are covered with monsoon vine forest. The forest is so badly infested with poinciana (Delonix regia) and other escaped garden plants that many native species are relegated to the understorey. ...
On-Farm Conservation: Get Farmers on Side First
Policy makers, extension officers and researchers may have more success in getting farmers to adopt conservation practices by identifying the factors that motivate farmers first, before formulating policy or design extension programs. Professor...
Saving the Life of Farmland Soils: Aware of a Remorseless Decline in the Vital Organic Matter of Australian Farmland Soils Because of Land Clearing and Agricultural Production, Researchers, Land Managers and Now, Commercial Players, Are Seeking Ways to Reverse the Trend. It's an Important Quest:without Organic Matter, Soil Is Essentially Sterile, Reducing the Viability of Both Agricultural and Surrounding Natural Systems
The carbon hidden away in soil originates from plants and is the unglamorous and often forgotten part of the cycle of carbon between the land, oceans and atmosphere. Yet it is a fundamental component of soil's organic matter, integral to healthy soils...
Seaweed Trial Promises Inland Aquaculture
It is ironic that the north-west Victorian town of Donald--in semi-arid country 250 kilometres from the coast--is investigating the potential of seaweed as the basis for a new industry. Seaweed is used in many applications, ranging from cosmetics...
Solar-Powered Desalination Plant Leads the Way
A Victorian company recently announced plans for the staged development of Australia's first solar-powered desalination plant near Port Augusta in South Australia. Combining solar energy-based power generation, desalination and commercial salt production,...
The Climate of Thinking Changes
Happy New Year. 2006 was notable for marked shifts in thinking on sustainable development priorities in Australia--particularly where the climate change agenda was concerned. We can hopefully expect deeper progress on broad-scale solutions in the year...
The Economic Impacts of Deep Cuts to Australia's Greenhouse Emissions
There is an emerging consensus that avoiding dangerous levels of climate change will require high-income nations to reduce their greenhouse emissions footprint by 60-90% from current levels by 2050. While this is an enormous task, contrary to some...
The Gore Factor: Reviewing the Impact of an Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth, featuring former US Vice President Al Gore's presentation on climate change, was released in cinemas across Australia on 14 September 2006. By 3 October, a Lowy Institute poll found that the issue of global warming had become...
The Long Journey Home for Campbell Island Teal: Recent Sightings of Teal Ducklings and Nests on Subantarctic Campbell Island Are Evidence of the Success of an Internationally Significant Conservation Effort Involving the World's Most Ambitious Rat-Eradication Program, a Captive Breeding Strategy, and Pioneering Work in Disease Screening and Monitoring Procedures to Protect the Re-Established Population
Campbell Island lies approximately 700 km off the southern tip of the New Zealand mainland--an isolated subantarctic island that, until recently, was one of the most rat-infested wilderness areas on earth. For more than 50 years, the Campbell Island...
Wisdom from the Heart of India
For hundreds of years, the Bharia and Gond tribes of India's remote Patalkot Valley have eked out a culturally unique and environmentally sustainable lifestyle where plants have played a central role in spiritual beliefs, and the land was treated as...