Search Results: CSIRO

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Miracle plant's monstrous potential

    • Harry Nicolaides
    • 14 July 2008
    10 Comments

    As Australia considers the Garnaut Report and the CSIRO predicts petrol could reach $8 a litre within a decade, the subject of biofuel has garnered increased interest. Jatropha, the so-called darling of second-generation biofuels, could cripple third world economies and ecosystems.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Australia's rank river embodies land-use dilemma

    • Margaret Simons
    • 20 February 2008
    7 Comments

    The onset of blue-green algae caused the Murray's smell to change from rank to fetid. Halting the damage to the Murray-Darling basin is essential to our financial survival, yet it may be that it is impossible to stop the damage without also causing critical economic damage. — Eureka Street, March 1993

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Greenhouse mafia's scorching approach to climate change

    • John Button
    • 09 January 2008

    No wonder people hope for arguments which suggest climate change will go away. The discussion about climate change has become increasingly feverish, polemical and downright dishonest. From 13 June 2007.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Governments duped over GM food crops

    • Charles Rue
    • 22 August 2007
    13 Comments

    Australian governments have been caught up in a religious type rapture over biotech industry promises. They are seemingly unaware of their economic strategies, which provide for big long-term profits through monopoly control of the food industry.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    A nuclear reactor in my back yard

    • Colin Brown
    • 13 June 2007
    2 Comments

    In 1996, Lucas Heights was renamed Barden Ridge, in order to preserve property values. Few people enjoy living near a nuclear reactor. Many also doubt that building more nuclear reactors will provide an answer to our run away greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Greenhouse mafia's scorching approach to climate change

    • John Button
    • 13 June 2007
    11 Comments

    No wonder people hope for arguments which suggest climate change will go away. The discussion about climate change has become increasingly feverish, polemical and downright dishonest.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The psychology of climate change denial

    • Paul Collins
    • 16 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The economic tools we are using to deal with climate change are inappropriate, and the long-term consequences for local areas are largely unknown. Global warming skeptics should critique the analysis of climate change rather than just retreat into a psychology of denial.

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  • INFORMATION

    Environmental catastrophe awaits?

    • 01 February 2007

    Peter Beeson asks whether we really are facing an environmental crisis that cannot be remedied. (from January 30, 2007.)

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Changed climate will cook the elderly

    • Kate Mannix
    • 04 September 2006
    4 Comments

    When the human body gets to 42°C, it starts to cook. Death is inevitable, and it is the most vulnerable who will go first. While the CSIRO has projections on the likely effects of climate change in Australia, there has been little work on what that will actually mean for human health outcomes in specific regions.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Unsexy science

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 16 June 2006

    Archimedes would argue that such science forms the backbone of our society, in the way that adequate sewerage, clean water and good dietary information do more for human health than heart transplants and Viagra.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Spotting a niche

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 11 June 2006

    Charles Darwin left us with more than a model of how the biological world develops. In evolution by natural selection, he provided an analogy for how all sorts of things change over time. And haven’t we seized on it.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Laser zone

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 22 May 2006

    Australians have been brilliant at ideas, and poor at using them to practical purposes. In our rush to generate a more productive research culture, we must guard against cutting off the well-spring of ideas.

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