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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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Australia’s history of fire, until the arrival of humans 50,000 years ago

As fires continue to rage on the east coast of Australia, Professor Bob Hill explores the history of fire prior to the arrival of humans. The Earth has a long history of fire burning vegetation, mostly at times in the past when atmospheric oxygen was considerably higher than it is now and fire could burn more […]

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A Brave New Green World: does a price on carbon help protect Australia’s biodiversity?

As Australia shifts to cut greenhouse gas emissions is it also possible to enhance our biodiversity? A new peer-reviewed paper by Environment Institute members Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook (with others) directly addresses this question, showing “biodiversity-related enhancement schemes (including environmental plantings and invasive species reduction) can be compatible with carbon-sequestration initiatives”. The authors find […]

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