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Tropical fish are invading Australian ocean water

A University of Adelaide study of shallow-water fish communities on rocky reefs in south-eastern Australia has found climate change is helping tropical fish species invade temperate Australian waters. “The fish are travelling into these Australian ecosystems as larvae caught in the Eastern Australian Current, which is strengthening due to the warming climate,” said the University […]

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Murray-Darling Basin water theft laws suck more than river irrigation pumps

Water is one of Australia’s most valuable commodities, worth almost A$100 billion in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB). But some of that water is being stolen (no-one knows how much) and the thieves usually get away with it. The federal Labor government came to power promising to improve water use compliance and theft deterrence, while the […]

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Australasian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference, Adelaide 14-17 November 2023 – ‘AMSN 2023 – Living Coasts’.

Community members, environmental managers, interstate and international researchers will gather in Adelaide this week to celebrate, discuss and review the status of the natural ‘Living Coasts’ of the Australasian region. The 2023 Australasian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network (AMSN) conference will be opened by SA Environment Minister Dr Susan Close on Tuesday 14th Nov and is […]

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VIDEO: Jon Dee presenting ‘Unleashing the power of trees for healthier communities’

On October 25 this year, the Environment Institute and Green Adelaide had the pleasure of hosting Mr Jon Dee for a public lecture on ‘Unleashing the power of trees for healthier communities’, another instalment in our Hope and Wonder Series. Jon, who is the co-founder of National Tree Day and One Tree Per Child, explained […]

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PODCAST: You can’t build an ego when caring for a stream

Listen to this latest EcoFuturist podcast as Professor Andy Lowe talks to Bruce Pascoe from Black Duck Foods about traditional indigenous land management and native food production. Bruce Pascoe is an acclaimed author, speaker, researcher, and farmer. He’s passionate about sharing knowledge of traditional indigenous land management and food production practices, caring for country and […]

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UPCOMING EVENTS: Nature Festival 2023

Are you ready for Nature Festival 2023? 🌿 The Environment Institute is excited to collaborate with leading experts and thought leaders at this year’s Nature Festival. Across five events we will explore South Australian nature – current trends, identify critical barriers, and local and state opportunities. Find out more about our events below. This series […]

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How algae conquered the world – and other epic stories hidden in the rocks of the Flinders Ranges

Earth was not always so hospitable. Evidence of how it came to be so beautiful and nurturing is locked in the rocks of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges – a site now vying for World Heritage listing. Our new research seeks to better understand this near billion-year-old story. We discovered immense planetary upheaval recorded in the ranges. In two related […]

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Climate change threatens to cause ‘synchronised harvest failures’ across the globe, with implications for Australia’s food security

New research shows scientists have underestimated the climate risk to agriculture and global food production. Blind spots in climate models meant “high-impact but deeply-uncertain hazards” were ignored. But now that the threat of “synchronised harvest failures” has been revealed, we cannot ignore the prospect of global famine. Climate change models for North America and Europe had previously suggested […]

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Reef life decline following a decade of ocean warming

Dangers are lurking beneath the sea, but its not what you think. Our marine life may be out of sight, but it does not mean it is out of trouble. The majority of Australian shallow-reef species experienced steep population declines between 2008 and 2021, reports a study published in Nature this week. This trend, although not […]

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Ancient DNA reveals a hidden history of human adaptation

Humans may be just as vulnerable to environmental change as other animals, according to our new research analysing genetic data from more than a thousand people who lived across Europe and Asia over the past 45,000 years. We found traces of more than 50 “hard sweeps” in which a rare genetic variant rapidly swept through […]

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