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Mount Lofty Ranges woodland bird monitoring reveals steep decline in numbers

Woodland birds are disappearing from the Mount Lofty Ranges at an alarming rate, University of Adelaide research shows, and scientists say the trend is a sign that the ecosystem is on the verge of collapse. Over the past 20 years, the number of woodland birds at monitoring sites has halved. Member of the Environment Institute, […]

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What is a 1 in 100 year weather event and why do they keep happening so often?

People living on the east coast of Australia have been experiencing a rare meteorological event. Record-breaking rainfall in some regions, and very heavy and sustained rainfall in others, has led to significant flooding. In different places, this has been described as a one in 30, one in 50 or one in 100 year event. So, what […]

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Reducing artificial light at night may improve health

There is a growing body of evidence that exposure to green space is good for our health but a new study from the University of Adelaide has found that this may equally be due to how much light we are exposed to at night. Spending time in green space can improve depressive symptoms, obesity, and […]

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Research featured in ‘Science’ finds climate change key factor in rivers running dry

An international team of researchers including the University of Adelaide has demonstrated that climate change is responsible for the changes in the flow and water volume of rivers globally, with major implications for Australia. In the study published in Science, the team investigated changes in river flow, and whether the globally visible changes could be attributed to […]

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Improved mapping of South Australia’s seagrass will help future recovery

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been mapping large-scale seagrass cover and genus distribution on South Australia’s temperate coast. Seagrasses are environmentally and economically important. They provide ecosystem services for humans including the provision of habitat for commercial species, protection of infrastructure from erosion and sea level rise, and improved water quality through nutrient […]

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New tool helps assess risks to the Murray River floodplain systems

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have partnered with the Department for Environment and Water to develop a tool that greatly improves the capability of environmental managers to assess and manage hypoxic blackwater risks on floodplain-river systems. The research has been published in the leading Journal of Environmental Management and Assessment. Aquatic organisms such as fish […]

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A quarter of homeowners lawn area can grow enough vegetables to become self-sufficient

Research led by the University of Adelaide has found in a case study of Adelaide properties, households would need to give up less than a quarter of their domestic lawn areas to grow enough vegetables to become self-sufficient. In the study published in Sustainable Cities and Society, researchers calculated self-sufficiency by measuring the capacity of […]

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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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A billion years on Earth in 40 seconds

A video which shows the movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates over the past billion years, has been released by University of Adelaide scientists. The time-lapse series displays the movement in just 40 seconds. The video is part of an international research project, published in Earth Science Reviews. The co-author and leader of Adelaide’s Tectonics and Earth […]

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Research highlights competing impacts of warm waters and acidification in Nature Paper

Warming waters and ocean acidification could have opposing effects on the movements of tropical fish. Under increasing global warming, tropical fish are escaping warmer seas by extending their habitat ranges towards more temperate waters. But a new study from the University of Adelaide, published in Nature Climate Change, shows that the ocean acidification predicted under […]

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