Posts by Thea Chevrant-Breton
Phosphorus: a finite resource essential for life, critical for agriculture and food security
Strategic use of phosphorus fertilisers can ensure higher crop yields. High yields minimise the amount of land devoted to food production, maximise the use of scarce rainfall and help keep food supplies stable and relatively cheap. Getting the balance right is important in an increasingly crowded world.
Australians reach for the stars when it comes to energy efficient homes
Handy access to information is the key to encouraging Australians to go green in construction. But we still have a long way to go in making all homes as energy efficient as possible.
Turning around transport emissions growth
When economists think of the electric vehicle market and how it might turn back emissions they think in terms of fleet share. What will trigger the wholesale switch to electric vehicles in Australia - price, choice, vehicle standards?
Electric vehicles: Are we there yet?
Electric vehicles have the potential to help us cut carbon emissions and pollution, and improve grid inefficiency. While the change here has been slow so far, the advent of lower-cost models and more charging infrastructure could see more drivers plug in.
SMOG gets students into STEM
A DIY gadget for detecting smoke has enabled primary school students to play detective and track down problems in the air around them.
After May's UN summary report on biodiversity loss declared nature’s dangerous decline was ‘unprecedented’ and species extinction rates were ‘accelerating’, here we feature some of our work identifying the problems - and solutions.
Going in to bat for Australia’s endangered flying-foxes
Another Australian mammal has been listed as endangered. The spectacled flying-fox highlights the challenge in managing the conflict between human development and nature.
An artificially intelligent answer to threatened species
Conservation practices haven't progressed fast enough to meet the enormity of the environmental challenges. AI could be part of the answer to improve species detection methods and advise on better conservation approaches.