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Permafrost melt poses major climate change threat

New research shows that the amount of carbon stored in frozen soils at high latitudes is double previous estimates and could, if emitted as carbon dioxide and methane, lead to a significant increase in global temperatures by the end of this century.

‘Jellyfish joyride’ a threat to the oceans

Early action could be crucial to addressing the problem of major increases in jellyfish numbers, which appears to be the result of human activities.

Improved climate change projections for SE Asia

Detailed climate change projections for Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines are being developed at a workshop in Melbourne this week involving climate scientists from all three countries.

Greenland’s ‘good news’ methane finding

Ice core research has revealed that a vast, potential source of the potent greenhouse gas, methane, is more stable in a warming world than previously thought.

First International Plant Phenomics Symposium

The latest research on global food security, biofuel feedstocks and climate change will be explored at the inaugural three-day International Plant Phenomics Symposium beginning in Canberra tomorrow.

‘Ocean glider’ home after two-month voyage

Scientists are celebrating the first successful deployment and retrieval in Australia of a remotely controlled, deep ocean-going robotic submarine destined to play a central role in measuring changes in two of Australia’s most influential ocean currents.

Australian Academy of Science honours CSIRO scientist

One of Australia’s leading atmosphere scientists, CSIRO’s Dr Mike Raupach, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science – one of the highest honours for individual contributions to science awarded in Australia.

Climate change – helping consumers walk the talk

‘Table talk’ may be the best way to help individuals reduce carbon emissions and develop sustainable lifestyles, according to CSIRO social scientist, Anne-Maree Dowd.

Bushfires cloud air pollution problem

Scientists believe more bushfires generated by rising temperatures and lower rainfall will lead to lower air quality over a greater number of days in Australia, particularly in the south-east.

Climate change could be harmful to your health

A combination of climate-change-induced temperature rises and increasing levels of air pollution could exacerbate the harmful effects of heat stress experienced by people living in Sydney, according to new research by CSIRO scientist, Dr Martin Cope.

Two ‘new’ greenhouse gases growing

Two new greenhouse gases are accumulating in the atmosphere, according to an international research team led by scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US and CSIRO scientist, Dr Paul Fraser, from the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research.

Indian Ocean temperature link to bushfires

The weather conditions that lead to Victoria’s past two major bushfires may be linked to lower than normal sea-surface temperatures in the eastern Indian Ocean, according to researchers from CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship.

Fly like a bird through boom and bust

The ability of Australian desert birds to adapt to cycles of drought, flood, feast and famine is highlighted in a new book launched today by CSIRO Publishing at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

BHP Billiton Science Awards announced today

Australia's most prestigious student science awards – the 2009 BHP Billiton Science Awards – were presented in Melbourne today by BHP Billiton Chairman, Don Argus, and CSIRO’s Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark.

Ocean observations reap climate science rewards

Long-term observations of the oceans around Australia are providing the nation’s climate scientists with significant benchmarks for seasonal forecasts and monitoring future climate change.

Living with grassfires in Australia

Myths are debunked and fire behaviour revealed in the second edition of CSIRO’s essential guide to grassfires – Grassfires: Fuel, Weather and Fire Behaviour.

CSIRO tours Basin communities to share water information

Researchers behind the most comprehensive hydrological modelling undertaken across the Murray-Darling Basin have toured towns across the Basin this week to discuss their findings with local communities.

Southern Ocean resistant to changing winds

Intensifying winds in the Southern Ocean have had little influence on the strength of the Southern Ocean circulation and therefore its ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a study published yesterday in Nature Geoscience.

National ‘Indigenous Science Roundtable’ – Mildura

Traditional Owners, indigenous academics, land council representatives, indigenous agency management staff, Natural Resource Management board members, and scientists from across Australia will meet today in Mildura for a CSIRO National Indigenous Science and Research Roundtable (NISRR).

Global financial crisis to ‘hit’ biotechnology sector

Australia’s CSIRO Livestock Industries and its partner, New Zealand’s principal pastoral food Research Institute, AgResearch, have predicted the global financial crisis could significantly reduce investment in biotechnology and agricultural science.

On the brink of a new agricultural ‘revolution’

A leading CSIRO scientist today called on Australia’s agricultural scientists, educators and industries to rise to the emerging global food security challenges.

CSIRO welcomes ‘Global Carbon Capture & Storage Institute’ initiative

CSIRO has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement today that it will spend A$100 million on establishing a ‘Global Institute’ in Australia to lead international efforts to reduce man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

QLD carbon capture project to help tackle climate change

In a first for Queensland, CSIRO and Tarong Energy today announced a A$5 million joint pilot project to capture greenhouse gases.

CSIRO takes holistic approach to water quality issue

CSIRO researchers are working with local Queensland communities to provide sustainable solutions aimed at protecting one of Australia’s greatest assets, the Great Barrier Reef.

Study seeks ‘human fingerprint’ on WA’s climate

A new study will reveal whether major changes to Western Australia’s climate are due to human activities and if they will persist and intensify with increasing greenhouse gas levels.

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