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Our experts refute River Murray estuary claims

A team of scientists, led by the University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor John Tibby, has confirmed that the lower River Murray was not an estuary in the mid-Holocene period (more than 7000 years ago) – reinforcing scientific evidence likely to influence important river management policy decisions. Their new paper, published in the Nature journal Scientific […]

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A new DNA database will keep log on timber origins

Environment Institute member Professor Andy Lowe partners with Western Australian-based company Interpredata to build a DNA database for timber and help prevent illegal logging. The partnership has recently been awarded a $60,000 Australian Government traceability grant to build the database. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries […]

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Decoding humans’ survival from coronoviruses

An international team of researchers co-led by the University of Adelaide and the University of Arizona has analysed the genomes of more than 2,500 modern humans from 26 worldwide populations, to better understand how humans have adapted to historical coronavirus outbreaks. In a paper published in Current Biology, the researchers used cutting-edge computational methods to uncover genetic traces of adaptation to coronaviruses, […]

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Scientists reveal Earth’s secrets in Flinders Ranges rocks

The first virtual plate reconstruction of the Earth’s last billion years of geological history is providing deeper insight into what formed our planet and made it into how it is today. Professor Alan Collins from the University of Adelaide’s Earth Sciences Department in School of Physical Sciences and Environment Institute member, is part of an […]

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Latest COVID-19 detector dog research and trials underway at Adelaide Airport

Six dogs, including four Australian Border Force (ABF) detector dogs, one South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS) dog and one dog from the University of Adelaide (gifted by the ABF), have commenced research trials at Adelaide Airport to determine the feasibility of deploying dogs to detect COVID-19. The COVID-19 detector dog feasibility trials are a […]

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Adelaide rallies to become the world’s second National Park City

A courageous bid has been launched for Adelaide to become Australia’s first National Park City, as South Australians show overwhelming support for urgent action on climate change. In doing so, Adelaide will boost its global recognition, funding, migration and action against climate change. Green Adelaide is overseeing the campaign to have Greater Adelaide awarded National […]

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Mission to discover Australia’s unknown species

Insect expert Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences, has thrown her support behind a new mission launched by Taxonomy Australia, a new program of the Australian Academy of Science, to discover and document all unknown Australian species by 2050. The 25-year mission follows the release of a report by Deloitte Access Economics, which has […]

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Satellite Imaging Offers New Insights of Western Desert Ecology and Precontact Aboriginal Land Use

The ‘Western Desert’, as it is commonly known, is one of the most arid and geographically remote regions of Australia. It expands across roughly 14.0% of the continent, encapsulating nearly 1.1 million km2 in total. Rainfall, which averages less than 250 mm annually, is seasonally unreliable and ambient temperatures exceed 35°C more than 114 days out […]

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Megaproject threaten water justice for local communities

Urban megaprojects tend to be the antithesis of good urban planning. They have a negative impact on local water systems, deprive local communities of water-related human rights, and their funders and sponsors have little accountability for their impact. These are the findings of the Environment Institute’s Dr Scott Hawken from the School of Architecture and […]

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Woodland biodiversity is declining on Adelaide’s doorstep

With the plight of threatened fauna normally obvious, researchers are finding it can take decades to detect subtle changes in the abundance of many species. Since 2001, the woodland birds of the Mount Lofty Ranges near Adelaide have been monitored every year at over 150 sites from Victor Harbour in the south to near Gawler […]

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