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Monthly Archives: March 2021

EVENT: Join us at ‘Pints of Ideas’ to discuss the plastic pollution problem and solutions

Join the Environment Institute and Ecoversity to discuss the problem of plastic pollution. This inaugural Pints of Ideas event, is an environmental pub-talk series brought to you University’s Ecoversity program.The first session will explore ‘How big is the plastic pollution problem and what can we do about it?’ Hear about the solutions in research, policy […]

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Mount Lofty Ranges woodland bird monitoring reveals steep decline in numbers

Woodland birds are disappearing from the Mount Lofty Ranges at an alarming rate, University of Adelaide research shows, and scientists say the trend is a sign that the ecosystem is on the verge of collapse. Over the past 20 years, the number of woodland birds at monitoring sites has halved. Member of the Environment Institute, […]

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VIDEO: Blueprints for action with Professor Hugh Possingham and Matthew Bowie

Autumn 2020/21 program of the Ecology and Evolution Series is available for to watch on demand. Matthew Bowie PhD candidate – School of Biological Sciences How do you choose what’s for dinner, the clothes you wear, or the way you travel? Many of the threats facing biodiversity result from our choices but changing our behaviour is […]

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What is a 1 in 100 year weather event and why do they keep happening so often?

People living on the east coast of Australia have been experiencing a rare meteorological event. Record-breaking rainfall in some regions, and very heavy and sustained rainfall in others, has led to significant flooding. In different places, this has been described as a one in 30, one in 50 or one in 100 year event. So, what […]

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Reducing artificial light at night may improve health

There is a growing body of evidence that exposure to green space is good for our health but a new study from the University of Adelaide has found that this may equally be due to how much light we are exposed to at night. Spending time in green space can improve depressive symptoms, obesity, and […]

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Research featured in ‘Science’ finds climate change key factor in rivers running dry

An international team of researchers including the University of Adelaide has demonstrated that climate change is responsible for the changes in the flow and water volume of rivers globally, with major implications for Australia. In the study published in Science, the team investigated changes in river flow, and whether the globally visible changes could be attributed to […]

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Improved mapping of South Australia’s seagrass will help future recovery

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been mapping large-scale seagrass cover and genus distribution on South Australia’s temperate coast. Seagrasses are environmentally and economically important. They provide ecosystem services for humans including the provision of habitat for commercial species, protection of infrastructure from erosion and sea level rise, and improved water quality through nutrient […]

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New tool helps assess risks to the Murray River floodplain systems

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have partnered with the Department for Environment and Water to develop a tool that greatly improves the capability of environmental managers to assess and manage hypoxic blackwater risks on floodplain-river systems. The research has been published in the leading Journal of Environmental Management and Assessment. Aquatic organisms such as fish […]

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A quarter of homeowners lawn area can grow enough vegetables to become self-sufficient

Research led by the University of Adelaide has found in a case study of Adelaide properties, households would need to give up less than a quarter of their domestic lawn areas to grow enough vegetables to become self-sufficient. In the study published in Sustainable Cities and Society, researchers calculated self-sufficiency by measuring the capacity of […]

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Disappointing season for beekeepers in South Australia

La Niña’s cool, but dry weather conditions provided less pollen and nectar for bees. University of Adelaide and Environment Institute member, researcher Dr Katja Hogendoorn said dry periods were having a “major impact” on feed availability for native and honey bees. “The very hot summers and heatwaves during spring cause the flowers to dissipate very […]

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