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How older Australians can beat the heat at home

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have developed a guide for older South Australians to help them to keep the temperature in their homes comfortable during summer and winter. The researchers say, because older people spend the majority of their time (75-80 per cent) at home, improving room temperatures can greatly benefit their wellbeing. The […]

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Ocean acidification and warming disrupts fish shoals

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found that the way fish interact in groups is being upset by ocean acidification and global warming. “Fish show gregarious behaviour and cluster in shoals which helps them to acquire food and for protection against predators,” said project leader Professor Ivan Nagelkerken from the University of Adelaide’s Environment […]

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Humans hastened the extinction of the woolly mammoth

New research shows that humans had a significant role in the extinction of woolly mammoths in Eurasia, occurring thousands of years later than previously thought.  An international team of scientists led by researchers from the University of Adelaide and University of Copenhagen, has revealed a 20,000-year pathway to extinction for the woolly mammoth.  “Our research […]

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Our members comment on the COP26 world leaders meeting

Four environmental experts from the Environment Institute discuss their view of the latest COP26 meeting held in Glascow recently. Professor Tom Wigley said “A recent media release about my paper in the journal Climatic Change, has some important new science in it, but it also has pedagogical value for those not familiar with the complexities in […]

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The hidden costs of the global illegal wildlife trade

An international team of experts, including researchers from the University of Adelaide, has highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think. In a paper published in Biological Conservation, the team of researchers investigated the many ways in which the trade negatively impacts species, ecosystems, and society […]

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Tall Poppy winners announced for 2021

Five University of Adelaide researchers have won 2021 South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. The Tall Poppy Awards, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, recognise the achievements of Australian scientists and their commitment to sharing their research and passion for science with the broader community. The Environment Institue is proud to have […]

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Researchers respond to the IPCC’s report that human activity is undeniably heating the planet.

The world’s leading climate scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC, have warned that the prospect of limiting global warming to 1.5C will be out of reach within 12 years at current rates of greenhouse gas emissions. The latest 2021 report has indisputably confirmed that human activity is heating the planet, causing […]

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Detecting impact of sea level rise in new technique

University of Adelaide scientists have developed a new simple, inexpensive and fast method to analyse sulfur isotopes, which can be used to help investigate chemical changes in environments such as oceans, and freshwater rivers and lakes. Published in Talanta, the research opens up potential for new environmental applications of the method, such as tracing the effect […]

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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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Blue is the new green

In the search for potential natural allies to help combat climate change, marine coastal vegetation sits near the top of the list. Known as ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems, mangroves and seagrass meadows are carbon-storage machines, absorbing CO2 up to 40 times faster than terrestrial forests and trapping carbon in the soil for millennia. They are also […]

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