The second life of plastics
The problem of plastic is central to creating a circular economy. So, what is science doing to drive innovation. Introducing: The second life of plastics.
Why renting, rather than buying, carbon might help mitigate climate change
To mitigate climate change we might have to re-examine the rules which define carbon credit-worthy sequestration actions – that might include renting, rather than buying.
From tracking cattle to tourists
Understanding Australia’s goods and people movement to save costs and target infrastructure investment.
Oldman saltbush helps farm profits and ecosystem health
Oldman saltbush is a regular sight for regional tourists, and a CSIRO variety of the native shrub has been found to improve profitability for graziers in Australia’s most marginal regions.
Faster delivery, lower costs? The answer’s in TraNSIT
Taking product from farm to market in Australia can involve distances of hundreds of kilometres and high freight costs. A group of NSW and Queensland councils has turned to computer modelling to work out where local infrastructure bottlenecks are, and how they could be fixed.
Soils study key to tracing PFAS leaching
They’re one of the strongest bonds in chemistry and are not only unique in the way they can be used to fight fire, but unique in the way they leach through soils into the environment. A new paper suggests understanding first how PFAS chemicals behave in soils requires a large-scale soils study and, perhaps, a global research effort if we’re to work towards a solution.
‘Intelligent control’ the key to grid-friendly solar
The economics of distributed energy has put Australia at the forefront of redesigning the electricity sector before most of the rest of the world. Just ask the residents of Yarrabilba.
Spotting algal blooms from space
In a world first, a satellite-based algal bloom alert system has been developed for inland water bodies - a giant leap forward from individually testing each dam, river or lake across the countryside, and allowing for a much quicker response.