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Averting disaster with UNHaRMED software

It’s an unsettling prognosis. Driven by climate change, population growth and economic development, natural hazards —such as the recent bushfires in Australia and the US, heatwaves in Europe, and floods in Japan—will in coming years become an even bigger threat. They will occur more frequently and with greater intensity. One will ‘cascade’ into another more […]

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As climate change worsens Adelaide will become a 50 degree city

Climate change means Adelaide is already on a path towards unavoidable destruction. But if we act now, we can avoid the worst, says environmental expert Robert Hill. Professor Robert Hill doesn’t paint a pretty picture. But then again, he doesn’t want to. Too much time has already been wasted – and the time for patience […]

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Action and support needed to save local endangered species in the Adelaide Hills

Conservation groups are calling nature-lovers to help endangered wildlife impacted in the recent Cherry Gardens bushfire. The early 2021 Adelaide Hills bushfire has devastated 2,700-hectares in wildlife habitat, with many South Australian conservation groups expressing their concerns about habitat recovery for two nationally endangered species and their fellow wildlife. Friends of Scott Creek President, Jim […]

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Environment Institute members shine with multiple ARC Discovery Projects funded for 2021

We are delighted to share the achievements of our members, with many receiving funding during the latest ARC Discovery Projects 2021 round 1. Congratulations to the efforts of our sensational team. Images shown are of Environment Institute members. Evolution and function of mammalian sex chromosomes. Professor Frank Gruetzner; Associate Professor Paul Waters; Professor Jennifer Graves; […]

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Researchers release UNHaRMED, a system to support natural hazard risk reduction

Funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, members of the Environment Institute have designed a system to help avert future catastrophic disasters. UNHaRMED (Unified Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation Exploratory Decision) support system, is an interactive modelling platform designed to support policy makers in considering the long term impacts of disaster risk, mitigation and […]

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Scientists fight to save a glittering green bee after the Kangaroo Island summer fires

Native bees severely impacted by Kangaroo Island bushfires this year are being built new homes in a collaborative project involving the local community and scientists from the University of Adelaide and SA Museum. The green carpenter bee (Xylocopa aerata) has been extinct on mainland South Australia for more than a century – and scientists worry that […]

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Echidna CSI receives funding to investigate the impact of bushfires on echidnas

As bushfire recovery begins on Kangaroo Island, it’s important remember the recovery of native flora and fauna. The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) has selected the Echidna CSI project “Investigating the impact of bushfires on Kangaroo Island echidna diet and health” for funding through the FNPW Bushfire Recovery Small Grants. The project has been allocated […]

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