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What Can Economics Offer Emergency Services

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has released its final Hazard Note of the year, asking the question “What Can Economics Offer Emergency Services?” Natural hazards are, of course, a costly affair, yet mitigation options are not free from cost either. Building a compelling case for the risk-reducing and financial benefits of mitigiation options are essential […]

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Interview with Holger Maier: Planning for Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are expensive. Bushfires, heatwaves, floods and more cost Australians $6billion every year, a cost that is set to skyrocket to $35billion by the year 2050. The risk from natural disasters is immense and more research is needed to help policy makers plan for the future. Enter Holger Maier. Professor Holger Maier is a […]

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Media release: Increasing cost of natural hazards as climate changes

A new comprehensive study of Australian natural hazards paints a picture of increasing heatwaves and extreme bushfires as this century progresses, but with much more uncertainty about the future of storms and rainfall. Published today (Tuesday 8 November) in a special issue of the international journal Climatic Change, the study documents the historical record and projected […]

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Carp-ageddon could spell doom for the River Murray

European carp have been a scourge on the River Murray. The destructive feeding habits of the carp have decimated the ecosystem, displaying aquatic plants and animals. In May 2016, it was announced that the Federal Government would spend $15million to eradicate carp, through the introduction of the herpes virus. The virulent herpes strain to be introduced […]

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Check out The Environment Institute on Instagram!

The Environment Institute is now showcasing the experiences of our students and staff in the form of their stunning photography on Instagram. Follow us at @environmentinstitute! Following on from the success of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Photo Competition, the Environment Institute will host the 2016 Environment Institute Photo Competition, which is open to Environment […]

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Optimising water resource systems for a changing climate

Water is one of the most precious resources and water resource systems are in need of informed management. However, many water resource systems today rely on historical assumptions about inflows, assumptions that are flawed due to our changing climate. Therefore, new approaches to optimising policies for water systems are needed. The challenge of optimising our water systems has been […]

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Best practices for conceptual modelling

Conceptual modelling is a technique used to represent a system to inform people of a particular scenario. It’s widely used in environmental management and planning to inform decision makers. However, the use of conceptual modelling comes undone when applied inappropriately. In response to the inappropriate use of conceptual modelling, research by the Environment Institute’s Professor Holger […]

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The role of phytoplankton as pre-cursors for disinfection by-product formation

Water quality remains one of the greatest concerns with regards to human health. Treating water with disinfectants is critical to eliminate pathogenic micro-organisms. However, disinfecting water sources leads to disinfection by-products, which have been related to birth-defects and cancers. New research by the Environment Institute’s Professor Justin Brookes has identified the role of phytopkankton in the build-up […]

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Podcast: Carp in our rivers

Professor Justin Brookes from the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute spoke with Ian Henschke on 891 ABC Adelaide recently, discussing a potential bio-control agent designed to control the carp problems we have in our rivers. Managing the current carp infestation problem in the Murray River systems has benefits and risks, and how we manage those can all have […]

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World Water Day 2016: Maintaining our most precious resource

Tuesday March 22 is the United Nations World Water Day. Most people in the developed world take the ability to turn on the tap and access clean, safe drinking water for granted. However, a staggering 1 billion people still do not have access to potable water or improved sanitation. Even the word “access” is misleading, as […]

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