News: Environmental Science

Top citizen science projects feature in SA Science Awards

Echidna CSI team members: Dr Tahlia Perry (left), Prof Frank Grutzner (middle) and Ms Isabella Wilson (right).

EchidnaCSI has received the Citizen Science Award for Outstanding Science at the inaugural awards for Citizen Science Projects in South Australia.

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Celebrating success in the SA Science Awards

Tahlia Perry SA Science Awards

Congratulations to Dr Richard Lilly and Dr Tahlia Perry who are finalists in the 2021 South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation awards!

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Alien organisms – hitchhikers of the galaxy?

People wearing protective suits as part of biosecurity. iStock image by D Keine.

Scientists warn, without good biosecurity measures ‘alien organisms’ on Earth may become a reality stranger than fiction.

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Fishing for solutions to the plastic problem

Lead researcher of the study, Nina Wootton, with some jars of microplastics found in fish

More than 35 percent of fish caught in the waters off southern Australia contain microplastics, and the problem is worse in SA - but many people in the fishing industry aren’t aware that we even have an ocean plastic problem.

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Smuggling bear parts in Australia and NZ

Asiatic black bear in a cage. The sad reality of the illegal wildlife trade. Photo by yongkiet - iStock

Australia doesn’t have any native bears, yet our involvement in the illegal trade of bear parts and products is sadly a different story. 

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Too late for 2050 climate change emissions target

Professor Tom Wigley

New research from the University of Adelaide says the 2050 target to reduce climate change emissions is too little and too late.

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Blasting the zombie out of water-saving tech

A 'zombie idea' is one that persists no matter how much evidence is thrown against it. Photo from iStock.

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.

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Student-led STEM research and technology on show

Faculty of Sciences Communication Award winners, from left, Mistrel Fetzer Boegheim (1st), Vinuri Silva and Sophie Dolling (2nd), equal third Chris Keneally and Julia Pilowsky.

Emerging scientists showcase their research at Ingenuity, University of Adelaide’s annual interactive expo of STEM projects.

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The illegal wildlife trade has bigger ramifications than you might think

A vendor display featuring a sulcata tortoise, one of the largest tortoise species in the world, at a reptile trade convention in Florida, USA

Scientists have highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think.

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Extinction risk of native bee populations increased by bushfires

The golden-green carpenter bee (Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus Female)-Xylocopa, is a species especially vulnerable to fire, with much of its habitat burnt during the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires. Image credit James Dorey.

The number of threatened Australian native bee species is expected to increase by nearly five-fold after the devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019-20, according to new research.

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