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. 133, October-November

Algae Bioreactors That Tackle C[O.Sub.2] Emissions
An Australian company is assessing an innovative, natural system for reducing C[O.sub.2] emissions right at their source, before they hit the atmosphere. Using NASA inspired research, the technique utilises the carbon-fixing abilities of single-celled...
Aluminium's 30 per Cent Energy Reduction Target
Australian researchers are investigating a new way of making aluminium that could cut the energy required to produce the metal by up to 30 per cent, appreciably reducing greenhouse impacts. Aluminium production consumes as much as 15 per cent of...
Call for More Dingoes to Restore Native Species
Reintroducing more dingoes to Australia would help control the population of nuisance pests and restore some of the country's dwindling native species populations, according to research by Professor Chris Johnson from the School of Marine & Tropical...
Climate Change Planning Call for 'Sea Change' Regions
Scientists have highlighted that concerted preparations need to be made to combat sea-level rise along coastal areas. They are particularly calling for the development of constructive national and international partnerships to underpin efforts to manage...
Events Calendar
Australasian Wildlife Management Society 2006 Conference Auckland, New Zealand, 4-7 December www.awms.org.nz/conference2006.html International Symposium on Drylands Ecology and Human Security Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4-7 December www.isdehs.com...
Naturally Regrowing Eucalypts Is a Challenge
Large areas of Australia's grazing lands now need restocking with native vegetation in order to restore the integrity of the landscape and recharge ecosystems. But while 'natural regeneration' of eucalypts is typically relatively cheap for farmers...
New Approaches for Traditional Ways: Things Are Looking Up for the Traditional Villagers around Bach Ma National Park in Vietnam's Highlands. A Cooperative International Project Is Teaching Them New Farming Methods That Both Help Preserve Their Protected Region and Increase Their Incomes
The green stems of the choko plant (Sechium edule) are a popular vegetable in Vietnam. Harvested in the clean mountainous regions, they fetch a high price in the markets of Hanoi. Mr Tran Huu Nghi, Director of Tropenbos International's Vietnam program,...
Nuts and Bolts of Sustainability Online
Sustainable Development Online (SDO) is a growing, submissions-based international reference database and part of EnviroWindows, an environmental information website. According to the SDO website, its role is to 'map the continually changing area of...
Queensland's Dam Strategy Raises Bigger Questions
At 660 000 megalitres (ML) capacity and inundating 7600 hectares when complete, the Traveston Crossing Dam is being hailed by Premier Peter Beattie as an essential weapon in the battle against the state's worsening water shortage crisis. The Queensland...
Safeguarding Dangerous Shores: A National Atlas of Acid Sulfate Soils: In Nature, Some Things Are Best Left Alone, Buried Well beneath the Surface. but Housing, Marina and Infrastructure Developments Frequently Disturb Coastal Acid Sulfate Soils and Sediments, Sometimes with Disastrous Consequences. Now a National Atlas Is Providing a Clearer Picture of the Extent and Severity of This Phenomenon along Australia's Coastline
Fish kills, mangrove dieback, algal blooms and many other environmental problems can often be traced back to one thing: the disturbance of coastal acid sulfate soils. Thankfully, the risks posed by these soils can now be properly identified and managed....
Stars in the Sea
Before the swimmer's eyes, glowing flecks shine like stars eerily transposed into the depths of the sea. Through a blue-dark veil of water, a huge shape gradually resolves itself, rising slowly and majestically to the surface. After hundreds of...
The Biofuels Promise: Updated Thinking: Biofuels Seem an Obvious Alternative Given the Recent Surge in Fossil Fuel Prices and More Emphasis on Environmental Impacts. However There Are Some Serious Implications of Biofuels' Wider Use That Need Deeper Consideration
It is far from clear that rapid expansion of Australia's nascent biofuels industry would deliver a cleaner, healthier, environmentally benign, renewable source of automotive fuel. The latest flush of political, consumer and industry enthusiasm for...
The Mechanics of Social Change: Rarely before Has Society Had to Consider the Prospect of Changing Its Ways So Wholly and Quickly as It Does with the Currently Emerging Environmental Priorities. on a Global Scale, It Has Never Happened. the Big Question Is How Do We Get Society to Quickly Take a Radically Different Path, and What Are the Mechanisms Behind Such a Shift? Matt Brace Provides a Perspective
A crescendo of opinion is calling for society to adopt a drastically more sustainable approach as soon as possible. The urgency of this call seems immediately led by the predicted effects of climate change, but is also fuelled by other environmental...
Vision Rewarded
This issue's lead feature article (page 18) celebrates Brad Norman becoming the first Australian in 25 years to win a Rolex Award for Enterprise. Only five of these coveted international prizes are presented every two years--they recognise outstanding...
WA's Mining Boom: Where Does It Leave the Environment?
Western Australia (WA) is one of the 34 most biodiverse regions in the world. Despite extensive clearing, the southwest's plant species outnumber those of the UK and North America combined. There are also five separate national biodiversity hotspots...
Wungong's Urban Water Master Plan a Pace-Setter
Catering for 40 000 residents, the recently launched Wungong Urban Water Master Plan, the first of its kind in Australia, is Western Australia's largest planned redevelopment, showcasing best practices in ecologically sustainable urban development....