23 August 2013
Although it is far from the power stations, roads and flight paths of the populated world, the Southern Ocean is already responding to climate change. Average sea temperatures in some parts have risen by about 1°C in 50 years.
This is a significant change for creatures such as Antarctic krill that live within a narrow range of temperatures spanning no more than 6°C. These tiny but abundant crustaceans are perhaps best known as the reason why half a dozen whale species migrate to the cold waters of the Southern Ocean each summer to feed. They are also familiar from their appearance in animated form on the big screen and as krill oil, a health supplement, on supermarket shelves. Read more
09 August 2013
The federal government has delayed approval for the construction of the world's biggest coal port in Queensland until after the federal election.
Environment minister Mark Butler said several new reports into the impact of dredging for the expanded coal-loading terminal at Abbot Point, about 25 kilometres north of Bowen on the Queensland coast, would be released to the public before a decision was made. Read more
10 December 2013
The federal government has approved several massive resource projects on the Great Barrier Reef coast, including the dredging and dumping of sludge near the reef and a new coal export terminal.
Environmentalists have hit out at the decision, with the WWF and the Greens saying it further industrialises and threatens the world heritage-listed icon. Read more
Having locals identify environmental research needs for their own community is a key step to ensuring that research is relevant, appropriate and desirable for communities. Communities of the Torres Strait are no exception to this and three island communities in particular are the focus of a research project funded by the Australian Government’s Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF) Transition Program. This factsheet summarises the results of a study on environmental research needs in a number of Torres Strait communities, which also involved staff of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Land and Sea Management Unit (LSMU). The core aim of this project was to attempt to ensure that knowledge generated from future applied research arrangements is appropriate and useful for end-users throughout the Torres Strait. These end-users for future research include government agencies such as the TSRA, leaders and representatives (such as island councillors, island managers and Prescribed Body Corporate members), elders, and locals living in the communities where research is being conducted.
van Oosterzee, P., Preece, N., Dale, A. (2012) An Australian landscape-based approach: AFOLU mitigation for smallholders, in: Climate Change, Mitigation and Agriculture. Routledge.
Related to Project 12.4
Introduction from the Science Leader
Dr. Peter Doherty (AIMS)