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World Population Day 11 July

July 11 is World Population Day. World Population Day seeks to highlight the effects that human overpopulation can have on the natural environment, animal habitats and other humans. According to the United Nations, ‘human population has risen from 2.5 billion in 1950, to over 7 billion in 2011′. The theme for World Population Day 2013 […]

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Guest Speaker Paul Ehrlich podcast now available

The podcast for the presentation by Professor Paul Ehrlich is now available for download. The Environment Institute and the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University presented Professor Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University on Thursday 21 March 2013 in Canberra. […]

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Paul Ehrlich to present special seminar in Canberra on 21st March

The Environment Institute & Fenner School of Environment & Society at the Australian National University present a special presentation by Professor Paul Ehrlich in Canberra on Thursday 21st March 2013. The talk is titled ‘Avoiding a collapse of civilisation – our chances, prospects and pathways forward.’ Professor Ehrlich will then be joined by leading ecological […]

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New paper analysing DNA of prehistoric remains in North East Europe

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Clio Der Sarkissian, Alan Cooper and Wolfgang Haak as well as Oleg Balanovsky(Russian Academy of Medical Sciences & Russian Academy of Sciences), Valery Zaporozhchenko (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences), Elena Balanovska (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences),Guido Brandt (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz), Kurt W. Alt (Johannes Gutenberg University […]

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New paper investigating whale shark populations

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Ana Sequeira, Camille Mellin (also Australian Institute of Marine Science) and Corey Bradshaw (also SARDI) as well as Mark Meekan (Australian Institute of Marine Science) and David Sims (Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom) has recently been published in the Journal of Fish Biology. The paper titled […]

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New Paper – No need for disease: testing extinction hypotheses for the thylacine using multi-species metamodels

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Thomas Prowse, Corey Bradshaw (also SARDI), Michael Watts and Barry Brook as well as Christopher Johnson (University of Tasmania), Robert Lacy (Chicago Zoological Society) and John Pollak (Cornell University) has recently been published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The paper titled ‘No need for disease: testing extinction […]

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Guest Speaker: Xavier Lambin – Podcast now available

The podcast from the presentation by Xavier Lambin is now available to download. The Environment Institute presented Xavier Lambin from the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Aberdeen, UK on Monday 26th November 2012. The talk was titled“Continent -wide dampening of population cycles in keystone herbivores; patterns, likely processes and consequences for predators.” Download […]

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New Paper: Using census data and history to assess evolution and population

A new paper titled ‘Strength of density feedback in census data increases from slow to fast life histories‘ investigates the idea that examining the life history of species through the collection of census data can provide an evolutionary signal. According to the research this data can provide valuable feedback regarding evolution and long-term population trends. […]

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The Tightrope: A Millennium Assessment of Human Behaviour

Listen to Paul Ehrlich give his public seminar The Tightrope: A Millennium Assessment of Human Behaviour. The Environment Institute was proud to present Professor Paul Ehrlich’s final seminar The Tightrope: A Millennium Assessment of Human Behaviour on Thursday 11 November at the University of Adelaide. Professor Paul Ehrlich is one of the world’s leading experts […]

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Population and a changing world.

The United Nations recently published a report stating that reducing birth rates could aid in reducing carbon emissions. In response The Australian ran an opinion piece questioning how it would be possible to reduce fertility rates in western societies considering the issue is generally considered taboo. Australia is a country where climate change and water […]

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