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. 128, December

A New Wetlands Effort for the Last Southern Brolgas: The Southern Brolga Population Has Been Reduced to about 600 or Maybe 1000 Individuals
Numbers of the majestic Southern Brolga have declined dramatically since European settlement, but restoration of a wetland in northern Victoria, a combined effort by the Loddonvale Landcare Group, the Norman Wettenhall Foundation and the North Central...
Buying the Bush Family Reserve
Trust for Nature's Land Acquisition program is helping preserve Australia's disappearing natural heritage in Victoria's Gippsland region. When the 255 hectare Bush Family Reserve came up for sale in the late 1990s, Trust for Nature (TfN) regional...
Coopers' Yeast Sent to Suntory in Good Taste
Adelaide's Coopers Brewery has an agreement, and a new export opportunity, with Japanese distilling company Suntory under which live waste yeast from their brewing process will now be used to improve the flavour and complexity of Japan's favourite...
Government Shows a Lead on Depleted and Illegal Fishing
After the Federal Government's applauded $200 million initiative last November to buy out about half of the country's 1200 commercial fisherman, it has followed up by brokering solid cooperation from Indonesia on illegal fishing. With government...
HSBC on Track with Carbon Credits in Australia and New Zealand
In a strong endorsement of international carbon credit markets, HSBC Group, one of the world's financial services giants, is finalising its investment into carbon sink projects in Victoria and the North Island of New Zealand to meet new emissions targets...
Inside Asia's Rice Revolution
An innovative rice-growing technique, known as the 'System of Rice Intensification' (SRI), is being steadily taken up by farmers across Asia because of its claims to significantly reduce water use, produce higher yields and endow farms with associated...
Our Swedish Ways
With its archipelago lake system lapping at the shores of red-patched villages, Sweden's urban landscape doesn't really look much like Australia's. But that hasn't stopped Swedish and Australian representatives sharing a'Partnership for Sustainable...
Private Conservations
Land trusts, also known as heritage, private or statutory conservation trusts, have led the recent growth of conservation on privately held land. They seem to be well organised, well informed and financially viable and now, collectively, hold stewardship...
Rear-Guard Action for the Innocent Grey Nurse
Grey nurse sharks have been killed in their thousands over the past two centuries. Originally hunted for their liver oil and later mistakenly blamed for shark attacks at Sydney beaches, fewer than 500 now remain on the east coast of Australia. With...
Sound Treatment for Polluted Sites
Australian researchers have discovered that pesticides and other undesirable pollutants in soil can be rapidly destroyed by exposing them to ultrasound. They hope their work will mean that soil from chemically contaminated sites can be cleaned and...
Success with Polish Coal Bed C[O.Sub.2] Sequestration
An international research project involving Australian expertise has successfully stored carbon dioxide (C[O.sub.2]) in European coal beds, raising further promise that geological sequestration can be a viable strategy to help reduce greenhouse emissions...
The First Cuts Must Be the Deepest: A Number of Emerging International Studies Are Showing That the Deep Cuts in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Needed to Stave off Severe Global Warming Effects Can Actually Be Achieved, Economically, by 2050
The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned repeatedly that nations will need to shift towards a low-carbon future, more or less immediately, in order to avoid the dangerous effects of climate change being discussed by researchers around...
The Science of Private Conservation
The Australian Bush Heritage Fund has a strong scientific focus when it comes to protecting and restoring environmental and cultural heritage. This approach is evident on Cravens Peak in far western Queensland, the most recent Bush Heritage Reserve....
To Positive Commitments
Compliments of the season. Last year closed with an ominous sense that climate change is perhaps a more immediate issue than many really fully care to consider as we go about our routines. Its surreal implications and silent calls to responsibility...
Washing the Salt from Aceh's Wounds
Australian researchers are making good progress in assisting Acehenese farmers revive their tsunami-swamped agriculture. Dr Peter Slavich recently returned from the region with his team. The tsunami that followed the earthquake on 26 December 2004...
Young EcoMinds Show Strong Undercurrents of Opinion
Delegates to a United Nations Youth Forum in the Philippines, held during November, have surprised organisers with fervent and sometimes unexpected views of their nations' place in the emerging sustainable practice challenge. Part of a global partnership...