News: Environment, sustainability and climate change

Bringing oyster reefs back from extinction

Ostrea angasi reef

Oyster reefs carpeted thousands of kilometers of Australian coastline 200 years ago, but were dredged to near extinction within a century of colonial settlement. An ambitious nationwide restoration program now seeks to bring them back. In South Australia, the largest reef restoration in the Southern Hemisphere, Windara Reef, was constructed in 2017 to restore the ecosystem of the native mud oyster, Ostrea angasi, off the Yorke Peninsula.

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Bushfire and the challenge to respond to new levels of environmental risk

Bushfire and the challenge to respond to new levels of environmental risk

There have been terrible bushfires this summer across southern Australia – and they are still going. Part of the reason for this disaster is the unprecedented climatic conditions that the country has been facing, including record hot and dry conditions.

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Restoring lost reefs: bringing oysters back from extinction

diver under the sea

With ‘ocean music’ and a multi-species approach, University of Adelaide research is helping restore reefs crucial to the recovery of lost ecosystems.

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Preserving culture: protecting heritage buildings against earthquakes

heritage building

Our engineering researchers have developed breakthrough methods to earthquake-proof heritage buildings, advancing disaster resilience and safeguarding historic cultural sites around the globe.

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New AI-powered Bushfire-fighting App NOBURN Goes Live

A Bushfire

University of Adelaide experts from the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) developed a new AI-powered model to help predict and prevent devastating bushfires. 

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Research Tuesdays Lecture Series: Risk-ready or not?

With the ever-advancing spectre that is climate change, reducing harm caused by climate-driven disasters will take greater community action and increased collaboration between government, researchers, and industry.

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Wildlife trade threatening unprotected animals

A lizard sitting on a stick

New research from the University of Adelaide’s Invasion Science and Wildlife Ecology Group shows that three times as many unregulated species are being imported into the US compared to regulated species.

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Ocean Warming Threatens Richest Marine Biodiversity

Clownfish at home

Creatures that make their homes in tropical waters have enjoyed mostly unchanged temperatures for the past twenty thousand years. Now, new research from the University of Adelaide suggests that these extremely biodiverse areas will be hit the hardest by climate change-induced oceanic warming – and the wildlife is not ready to adapt.

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Stress less! Targeting the plant cargo hub to help them deal with environmental stress

seedling

Just like an international port in a big city, every individual plant cell contains its own cargo hub that responds to their import and export needs.

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Citizen scientists recruited to EchidnaCSI

Echidna drinking water

Echidnas are one of Australia’s most iconic mammals, but although the prickly critters have made their homes in hundreds of different habitats across the country, some populations are sadly in decline.

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