The climate of northern Australia, situated in the tropics at the junction of two major oceans, is subject to various influences and drivers. A reliable supply of water is essential to the development of the region and annual rainfall must be captured to provide some of that water. Predicting future rainfall is critical to development planning but, despite detailed research and analysis, predictions remain uncertain.
Population density in Australian cities and urban areas is intensifying. Decentralisation strategies to counter the trend present significant and wide-ranging opportunities for economic, industrial and social expansion particularly in northern Australia.
Acid mine drainage is a relatively simple process, but it has the potential to lead to long term environmental degradation if left untreated.
Facilitating community involvement in practical efforts to mitigate and ameliorate climate change is key to ensuring the threat is widely communicated and understood at all levels.
Domestic and international tourists to northern Australia are showing considerable interest in community efforts to address global warming, particularly when they provide an opportunity to make a practical contribution to these projects. This may well be an environmental and economic opportunity to be further developed.
Australia is a major player in the production and export of liquefied natural gas. So why is the country facing gas shortages and a looming domestic energy crisis?
The addition of activated biochar to soil will significantly enhance plant growth and crop yields and may assist in the reduction of atmospheric greenhouse gases.
As an alternative to burning fossil fuels for energy production, natural processes such as ocean energy should be considered and developed as viable alternatives.
There is an Agricultural Trend Toward Soil Biostimulants but are Farmers and Consumers Adequately Protected?
There is a growing, global industry in plant biostimulants, products that have the potential to improve agricultural sustainability and soil health while generating a significant boost to financial return. There is a concern, however, that Australian farmers are not being adequately protected from products that are unable to provide claimed benefits and that regulatory bodies are needed to provide this protection.