Workplace bullying scourge under Fair Work Act spotlight

By Paul Hemsley with Julian Bajkowski Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten has given notice to workplace bullies that he will legislate to have certain kinds of bad behaviour defined in the Fair Work Act in the after tough recommendations from Parliamentary Inquiry about how to control on-the-job aggressors. The proposed crackdown […]

CSIRO says tech tools can help in disasters

By Paul Hemsley The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has revealed that emerging technologies such as computer modeling and social media can help governments and emergency services more effectively manage natural disasters like bushfires and floods. In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the United States in October as […]

Draft assesses climate change impacts

Potential impacts of climate change on communities are being assessed with draft guidelines from the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA). The LGA has prepared the model with input from the CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, the SA Departments of Premier and Cabinet, and Environment and Natural Resources and 15 Councils. Regional Development and Natural […]

Australia broken up over clean fleets

By Paul Hemsley Driving Australia’s clean fleet initiative has been an objective up for grabs by governments and private enterprise, but they are each taking the challenge without any centralised federal management. The federal government has a task group on energy efficiency, which considers the introduction of a mandatory light vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) standard. […]

CSIRO synthesises $5m fuel future

The Australian government has invested $5 million into a Synfuel and Catalysis Research Facility (Syncat) to search for alternative energies. As a public private partnership, the CSIRO has worked with Chevron on the project housed at the Australian Resources Research Centre in Western Australia’s Technology Park. Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson said the […]

Realities of running low-emission fleet

By Lilia Guan   Australia’s heavy dependency on conventional vehicles is no longer sustainable and fleet managers must reassess their choice of purchase, an industry expert has warned.   CSIRO chief advisor for automotive strategy, David Lamb, told delegates at the recent National Fleet Conference in Melbourne that fleet managers must adapt to a more […]

SA should prepare for ‘weed change’

  Image: CSIRO. As the climate continues to warm, South Australia will face a ‘weed change’, the CSIRO has found. The report, Climate Change and Invasive Plants in South Australia, used climate projections to 2080 to examine changes in the distribution and abundance of weeds across the state. The report included detailed profiles for 13 weed […]

CSIRO unveils Australia’s first ‘zero emission’ house

The AusZEH demonstration house. Image: CSIRO. By Angela Dorizas Australia’s first zero emission house, situated in the Victorian community of Laurimar, will soon be put to the test by its new occupants. Designed and built by the CSIRO, the demonstration house has an eight-star energy-efficiency rating and includes off-the-shelf building and renewable energy-generation technologies and new future-ready energy management […]

Sustainable food crops under the microscope

The CSIRO and Bayer CropScience will examine the sustainabiliy of next generation food crops. Image: CSIRO. The sustainability of new generation crops is the subject of a two-year research program by the CSIRO and Bayer CropScience. The collaborative project will develop and apply models to assess the system-wide consequences of new generation cerea crops and […]

Gene chip unlocks secrets of coastal ecosystems

Dr Anthony Chariton collects sediment samples for biodiversity analysis using the new gene chip. Image: CSIRO. The CSIRO has announced trials of a new technique to determine the impacts of water quality and climate change on the health and biodiversity of Australia’s coastal ecosystems. Launched on World Water Day, the technique is based on a […]

CSIRO-BoM deliver bleak climate change update

Climate change is real, says the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology. Image: CSIRO. By Rob O'Brien Two of the country’s leading climate science agencies have given a bleak assessment of the impact of climate change on Australia. In a joint statement to launch the State of the Climate report, the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology […]

Primary industries need to adapt to climate change: CSIRO

By Rob O'Brien Australian agriculture needs to adapt now to climate change according to a book launched by the CSIRO. Co-editor of the book, entitled Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Preparing Australian Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for the Future and chief research scientist with CSIRO, Dr Mark Howden said: “Our science highlights a clear urgency […]

Carbon emissions up 41pc on 1990 levels: CSIRO

By Staff Writer Carbon dioxide emissions from human activities rose 2 per cent in 2008 despite the economic effects of the global financial crisis, according to a paper published in Nature Geoscience. Total missions in 2008 reached an all-time high of 1.3 tonnes of carbon per capita per year, the paper found. The paper – by […]

A big task ahead for Australian innovation: Cutler review

The review of Australia’s innovation system, led by CSIRO director Dr Terry Cutler, has been released about a month later than originally planned. Releasing the report, ‘venturousaustralia – building strength in innovation’, Innovation Minister Kim Carr said the architecture of the current innovation system was a generation old and it was time for “a root-and-branch rethink”. […]

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