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Media release: Temporary extinction reprieve for some frogs

Australian scientists have good news for frog conservation ─ there may be longer than expected time to intervene before climate change causes extinction of some species. The scientists used new methods for modelling the threat of climate change on frogs in tropical north-eastern Australia and showed that, at least for some species, there is likely […]

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“Elephant in the room” no more, models show even one-child policy is no quick fix

Professors Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook have examined various scenarios for global human population change to the year 2100 and in doing so address the so called “elephant in the room” for immediate environmental sustainability and climate policy. Their research was published today in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) and […]

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From Birdsong Metrics to Ancient Arctic DNA: Selected Publications from the 1st Quarter, 2014

In the first quarter of 2014, researchers at The Environment Institute have published on a vast array of topics, from Ancient DNA in the Arctic, to birdsongs to recommendations for improvements to guidelines such as the Ecological Footprint in order to better inform policy makers. A selection of these publications is listed below. 1. Fifty […]

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Research Tuesdays: “Where will we source our Energy?” presentation now online

The latest Research Tuesdays presentation “Where will we source our energy?” is now online. This was a special end of year event featuring five panellists, including Professor Barry Brook, Director of Climate Science at the Environment Institute. The topic of this presentation is particularly pertinent after last weeks heatwave, during which blackouts were experienced across […]

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Barry Brook wins prestigious Scopus award.

Professor Barry Brook, one of our leaders at the Environment Institute has won the Life Sciences category of the 2013 Scopus Young Researcher Awards. The Scopus award recognizes researchers under the age of 40 for their output, impact and contribution to their field. Recently, Barry’s work has focused on climate change and biodiversity loss. Not […]

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Dingo wrongly blamed for extinctions

Dingoes have been unjustly blamed for the extinctions on the Australian mainland of the Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine) and the Tasmanian devil, a University of Adelaide study has found. In a paper published in the journal Ecology, the researchers say that despite popular belief that the Australian dingo was to blame for the demise of […]

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World’s rarest cat under threat from a changing climate.

A new international study including members of the Environment Institute, Damien Fordham and Barry Brook, has found the world’s most endangered cat species, the Iberian lynx, could be driven to extinction within 50 years due to climate change. Published today in Nature Climate Change, “We show that climate change could lead to a rapid and […]

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Social media: how to get your message across

Environment Institute member Professor Barry Brook talks about social media and how he uses it to promote or publicise articles, papers or scientific research. Social media provides a two-way communication system in which the user is empowered to say what they think, or defend a position against a topic that could be quite controversial such […]

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New paper: Evaluating options for sustainable energy mixes in South Korea using scenario analysis

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Corey Bradshaw and Barry W. Brook has recently been published in the journal Energy. The paper, titled Evaluating options for sustainable energy mixes in South Korea using scenario analysis, examines the possibilities for sustainable energy generation in South Korea. ABSTRACT To mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, coal-fired electricity infrastructure […]

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New study suggests global uniform biodiversity tipping point not backed by science

A group of international ecological scientists, led by Environment Institute member Professor Barry Brook, have rejected a doomsday-like scenario of sudden, irreversible change to the Earth’s ecology. In a paper recently published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, the scientists from Australia, US and UK argue that global-scale ecological tipping points are unlikely […]

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