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How green should our economy be?

Following is a post from Professor Mike Young, Executive Director, Environment Institute University of Adelaide, who we invited to be a guest blogger as part of World Water Week. I write this blog as I fly to Stockholm to help launch the Water Component of a UNEP study on Green Economies. In Australia, the need […]

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Google now building systems behind her work

Gretchen Daily, a biology professor at Stanford University is working towards protecting the environment by quantifying the value of nature’s goods and services that are vital for human life, and factoring these benefits into the dollar values of businesses and governments. Daily felt the need to convey the value of nature and its loss by […]

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Leadership in a Changing Climate – a free public forum on leadership and climate change

We are pleased to announce that Minister Penny Wong and Professor Mike Young – along with a panel of three more South Australian leaders – are participating in a free public forum on the complex and ‘wicked’ problem of climate change. Currently, we struggle to get our climate change discussion past immediate hip-pocket lines. In […]

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The effect of future climate change on marine molluscs

Abalone is one of the most important shellfish fisheries in Australia. Prized for export it’s a high value industry. Consequently numbers matter. In recent research sea surface temperature is found to be a major driver of abundance patterns for two abalone species. Taking place in Southern Australia, the study ‘Geographic range determinants of two commercially […]

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Are the World’s Rediscovered Species Back from the Brink?

Every year, many species considered disappeared are rediscovered. Yet, do these rediscoveries signify the return of ‘viable populations or the delayed extinction of doomed species’? With rampant degradation and habitat loss, research is vital for conservation and residual biological diversity and is often undertaken to rediscover species believed to be extinct. A study undertaken on […]

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Sleepwalking to Catastrophe

An environmentalist with a keen interest in the relationship between climate change, population growth and economics, Fiona Heinrichs, author of Sleepwalking to Catastrophe: ‘Big Australia’, Immigration, Population Expansion and the Impossibility of Endless Economic Growth in a Finite World, invites Bernard Salt, writer of interactions between the Baby Boomer Generation, Generation X and Generation Y, […]

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Similar life history traits in bull and pig-eye sharks

With species diversity in tropical ecosystems being threatened by unsustainable fishing methods and growing populations, management strategies appropriate for coastal areas requires understanding how ecological similarities and differences among species shape ecosystem processes. ‘Similar life history traits in bull (Carcharhinus leucas) and pig-eye (C. amboinensis) sharks‘, published on 25 July 2011, discusses whether morphological similarity […]

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Homage to an Avant‐Garde Conservation Leader, Navjot Sodhi

In the recently published book Conservation Biology for All (2010, Oxford University Press), homage is given to the late Navjot Sodhi. Navjot Sodhi was an influential contributor in Southeast Asian conservation biology, recognised for his efforts to exposing the pace at which biodiversity is being imperiled in that region. A key authority in innovative and […]

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Economic Society of Australia carbon pricing survey

The Economic Society of Australia recently released the results of a carbon pricing survey sent to over 1,800 economists, mostly members of the Economic Society of Australia. The Environment Institute invited Jonathan Pincus, Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia to discuss […]

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