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”. […]

QLD Government commits funding for climate change and manufacturing

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Industry Minister Desley Boyle have announced more than $27 million in funding for a range of research and development projects in the state. The majority of the funding is allocated for a new $15 million manufacturing research facility, with almost $6 million going towards climate change-related research projects. Ms Bligh […]


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