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Cane Toads

RIEL Adjunct Professorial Fellow Nigel Turvey looks back at the circumstances and people that facilitated the cane toad's introduction to Australia.

Orange-bellied Parrot

Professor Stephen Garnett contributes this piece on the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot for The Conversation's current series on Australian endangered species.

Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

RIEL Adjunct Adam Britton and Director Andrew Campbell coauthor this piece discussing the new global crocodile attack database CrocBITE

Politicians have forgotten the ‘dry’ in dry tropics and the change in the climate

Northern Institute's Elspeth Opperman and Chris O'Brien remind the policy makers that the tropical climate has even more inherent variability than an election promise.

A carbon deal on rainforests

Adjunct Professor Nigel Turvey asks if Australian leadership will save the troubled REDD framework.

RIEL Director Andrew Campbell, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSES) Director Andrew Blakers, and Environment Centre NT Director Stuart Blanch advocate developing a renewable energy industry in northern Australia.

In the lead up to the federal election, CDU's Professors Stephen Garnett and John Woinarski together with UQ's Hugh Possingham argue for a stronger political focus on threatened species.

In lieu of Kevin Rudd's calls to harness the economic potential of northern Australia's rivers, RIEL's Dr Tom Rayner cautions against overly hasty enthusiasm to develop this natural resource as part of the Northern futures, northern voices series developed by Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network and The Conversation.

RIEL Director Prof Andrew Campbell and James Cook Uni's Jim Turnour join forces to discuss northern Australia's future as part of the Northern Futures, Northern Voices series - an intitative of the Northern Research Futures Collaborative Research Network and The Conversation.

RIEL Director Professor Andrew Campbell contributes to The Conversation's Election 2013 State of the Nation essay series with this piece on conservation, sustainability and biodiversity in modern Australia.

RIEL PhD student Andrea Babon imagines how Kevin Rudd's proposal to resettle refugees in Papua New Guinea could pan out

Australia used to care about conservation but have we turned our back on nature? Professor Stephen Garnett questions the connotations of recent cuts to the Biodiversity Fund.

Mining and the environment: the future of Australia’s brand

Vanessa Adams explores the quarries and quandaries: Australia’s natural splendour is a major source of income, yet it sits uncomfortably with mining’s spread.

Irrigation R&D drying up

Andrew Campbell identifies a looming weakness for Australia

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Andrew Campbell - 18 Dec 2013

  By Steve Sutton, Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research Despite having a fever and feeling pretty bad, Nelson is about to get on his motorbike and ride for an hour and a half along a winding road to setup a midwives data collection system in the town of Soe.  Nelson is a young member of the NTT health department and is a bit of a legend for his motorbike riding – most people would take 2 hours to get to Soe! Nelson is just one of the bright, motivated people [...]

Alice Body - 06 Dec 2013

[words: Adam Britton] Crocodiles have what many consider a rather off-putting character trait: they bite. It’s fair to say most of us don’t like being bitten. We like being eaten even less, and reserve our greatest contempt for creatures that dare to consume us, even if they only nibble off a limb or two. We label such animals as “monsters” that “infest” their chosen habitat; they are basically pests that deserve nothing more than a bullet between their cold, reptilian...

Alice Body - 06 Dec 2013

[words: Julian Gorman and Dr Natasha Stacey] Since 2005 RIEL staff have taught a unit titled “Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods”. The unit covers a range of key topics under this banner and is delivered as an intensive over five days – making it open to final year Bachelor of Science students, Masters of Environmental Management students as well as people working in government, the private sector, and not-for-profit organisations wanting to do the course for...

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