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Growing resilient communities from the home garden

Do you have a backyard veggie patch? Are you concerned about climate change? Our researchers want to learn about South Australian homes’ perceptions of both! It is globally recognised that we need to be able to feed more people with fewer resources. Therefore, holistic solutions to rampant urbanisation and correlated climatic and societal challenges are […]

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Outstanding alumni receive top awards

Seven outstanding University of Adelaide graduates have been recognised for their significant contributions to their professions and communities with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Among the winners are an outstanding public health researcher, the Chief Executive of South Australia’s Department for Trade and Investment, South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer, Kenya’s Chief Administrative Secretary for its Ministry […]

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Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia announces new Fellow

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia announces 34 new Fellows. Congratulations to the Environment Institute’s Professor Peng Bi from School of Public Health who was elected as a new Fellow.   The social sciences focus on understanding and influencing the social world. They include the disciplines of anthropology, demography, geography, linguistics, sociology, criminology, management, accounting, […]

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Playing sea soundscapes can summon thousands of baby oysters – and help regrow oyster reefs

Imagine you’re in a food court and spoilt for choice. How will you choose where to eat? It might be the look of the food, the smell, or even the chatter of satisfied customers. Marine animals do the same thing when choosing a good place to live. Even seemingly simple creatures such as marine larvae […]

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Adelaide’s Urban canopy cover study published in new book

We are delighted to advise that the Environment Institute’s Dr Carlos Bartesaghi-Koc (first author), Professor Veronica Soebarto, Dr Scott Hawken and Dr Ehsan Sharifi, all from the School of Architecture and Built Environment, have authored the chapter entitled “The Potential for Urban Canopy Cover to Reduce Heat-Related Mortality in Adelaide” in the recently published book Urban Overheating: Heat […]

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Wildlife trade threatening unprotected animals

International trade in animals not regulated by multilateral agreements is putting them under increasing threat. More than three times the number of unregulated animal species are being imported into the United States compared to the number of regulated species. Closer monitoring of trade in these species is urgently required so that they may be protected. […]

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Fossil leaves embedded in time

Environment Institute’s Professor Bob Hill has helped to leave a historical mark on the suburban Melbourne landscape. In the early 1990s works at the Berwick Quarry, about 40 minutes south of Melbourne, revealed a significant new complex collection of flora fossils. Professor Hill and colleagues published the paper ‘The Oligocene Berwick Quarry Flora – Rainforest […]

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‘Astonishing’: global demand for exotic pets is driving a massive trade in unprotected wildlife

Global demand for exotic pets is increasing, a trend partly caused by social media and a shift from physical pet stores to online marketplaces. The United States is one of the biggest markets for the wildlife trade. And our new research has identified an astonishing number of unregulated wild-caught animals being brought into the US […]

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VIDEO: ‘Rewilding the Oceans’ event

On the 22nd of August the Environment Institute hosted a panel of experts in “Rewilding the Oceans: combining marine biology & technology, public & policy” the story of a lost of the ecosystem and the journey to rebuild before it was too late. Rewilding is becoming the primary strategy for managing our severely depleted coasts […]

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Local fundraiser offers once-in-a-lifetime chance to name a new species

The Biology Society of South Australia (BSSA) have launched an online auction for the naming rights of a newly discovered species of parasitoid wasp. When you look closely at the leaves of a eucalypt, you may come across lerps – small sugary, protective covers for sap-sucking psyllid nymphs. Severe lerp infestations can cause loss of […]

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