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Carbon sinks in the desert catch the eye of Elon Musk’s XPrize competition

Picture a vast desert plain, parched by years of drought. Follow this barren landscape to where it meets the sea, and you’ll find a humid oasis of lush farmland that feeds local communities and sequesters several tonnes of CO2 per year. This is no fantasy – it is the work of our partners at Seawater […]

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Re-examining residential risk as climate change intensifies

While stories about the stoic community response to the devastating Queensland and New South Wales floods might be inspiring, according to University of Adelaide researcher in geography, environment and population, Associate Professor Douglas Bardsley, the reality of global warming requires that we confront the human and economic costs head-on. “The notion of the once in […]

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Professor Andrew Lowe appointed interim director of Environment Institute

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Andrew (Andy) Lowe into the position of interim Director of the Environment Institute. Professor Lowe will work alongside the Institute Manager, Theme Leaders and Environment Institute Management Committee to oversee a transition phase and maintain core activities of the Institute. He looks forward to understanding current research […]

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50 regional and remote schools look to uncover new insect species

Fifty regional and remote schools across South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia have been selected to take part in a new citizen science project, Insect Investigators, led by the South Australian Museum and supported by the University of Adelaide. The project, which launched in September 2021, will connect regional and remote school students with researchers […]

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History of modern human arrival in Europe rewritten, as new fossil discovered

An international research team including scientists from the University of Adelaide has found evidence of human occupation in Europe almost 10,000 years earlier than previously documented, a discovery that stands to rewrite modern human and Neanderthal histories on the continent. In a study published in Science Advances and led by Toulouse University, France, the authors dated distinctive stone tools and […]

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Heading towards an improved marine aquaculture sector

It’s one of the world’s fastest growing food industries and, with the introduction of some new strategies investigated by researchers at the University of Adelaide and The Nature Conservancy, could soon be one of its greenest. In a new paper published in BioScience, Climate-Friendly Seafood: The Potential for Emissions Reduction and Carbon Capture in Marine Aquaculture, six principles are […]

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New study shows the true value of South Australian parks

South Australia’s parks are quickly becoming the jewel in the crown of the state’s tourism offering with a new report highlighting the economic worth on top of the conservation value. The report shows South Australia’s national parks and reserves contribute more than $374 million to the state economy every year, supporting thousands of jobs across […]

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Citizens help unlock the secret lives of echidnas

Researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and members of the general public have recorded the largest number of echidna sightings across Australia to aid in the conservation of the iconic mammal. In a paper published in PNAS, the researchers describe the outcomes of the Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI), a citizen science project established in […]

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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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Ancient DNA helps solve mystery disappearance of lions and bears

An international team of researchers led by the University of Adelaide, suggest a change in climate is the likely cause of the mysterious disappearance of ancient lions and bears from parts of North America for a thousand years or more prior to the last Ice Age. In a study in Molecular Ecology, the researchers sequenced DNA […]

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