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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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Australia’s least wanted – 8 alien species and diseases we must keep out of our island home

This week’s landmark report on the impact of invasive alien species revealed costs to the global economy exceeded US$423 billion (A$654 billion) a year in 2019. Costs have at least quadrupled every decade since 1970 and that trend is set to continue. Prevention is better than a cure. Stopping pests and diseases arriving and establishing in Australia […]

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PODCAST: Water: too much, too little, too dirty

Water is finally back on the global table after 46 years of not being discussed at a global scale conference.  Conservation, salinity, pricing, agriculture, cultural use – the list goes on.  Is the subject of ‘water rights’ at risk of getting lost in an endless talk fest?  Where do we start when trying to come […]

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Water buybacks are back on the table in the Murray-Darling Basin. Here’s a refresher on how they work.

The Federal government has announced a new round of strategic water buybacks in the Murray-Darling Basin. The government intends to purchase water entitlements from voluntary sellers in parts of New South Wales and Queensland. A total of 49.2 gigalitres (GL) will be purchased across seven catchment areas through open, competitive and transparent tenders. This water […]

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Future Fellowship announcement

Congratulations to Environment Institute’s Associate Professor Alec Zuo, who was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship for his project ‘Quantifying the economic and social impacts of drought in rural Australia’ in the recently announced round. Project Title: Quantifying the economic and social impacts of drought in rural Australia Funding awarded: $1,035,279 Project: Climate-change research […]

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Understanding global trade networks could help us spread the load of environmental contamination

Rice travels a long way to get to your dinner plate. It may have been harvested from a paddy field in Vietnam, processed and packaged in a factory in Bangladesh, and transported via freight ship to eventually land in your local supermarket. But even before it was harvested, the water used to irrigate your rice […]

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ARC Success for Environment Institute

Congratulations to our Environment Institute members who have been awarded over $2.8M across five ARC Discovery Projects and two ARC LIEF Project. The 2022 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects awarded to Environment Institute members include: Professor Bronwyn Gillanders, School of Biological Sciences, will investigate how to enhance population stability of fish despite volatile environmental conditions. $509,000. […]

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Research suggests reliance on modern irrigation technologies is a ‘zombie’ theory

A team of scientists, including experts from the University of Adelaide, suggest that reliance on modern irrigation technologies as a water-use efficiency strategy is a ‘zombie idea’ – one that persists no matter how much evidence is thrown against it. In a paper in Environmental Research Letters, the international research team reviewed more than 200 supporting […]

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