The Chinese Government plans to remediate immense areas of heavily polluted farmland over the next three years. Soil restoration is a natural process and directing a significant proportion of the national budget towards remediation may not buy the time needed to restore arable soil.
Medical researchers and health carers are to benefit from increased funding to target disease and biosecurity in Australia’s north.
Urgent action is required to reduce marine litter and micro-plastics. Australia is leading the efforts to gain United Nations support for a global commitment to clean up the world’s oceans.
With a third of the population living in regional Australia, a strong internet is required now more than ever to provide regional Australians with the same opportunities their metropolitan counterparts enjoy.
The National Water Initiative (NWI) is a market-based framework for the regulation of water resources by Australian states and territories. A basis for its principles are the lessons learnt from the challenges of cross-jurisdictional management in the Murray Darling Basin (MDB). Water resource development in northern Australia can benefit from the experience provided by the NWI and the NWI can be made a more rigorous framework if it incorporates some of the unique economic, social and environmental contexts of the north.
While water storage is important for northern Australia, large in-stream dams are not the only option. Any choice between water storage options should always consider location-specific environmental aspects as well as how water may be used by people and industries and shouldn’t be driven by any ideological preference for a development infrastructure.
Australia is set to make significant contributions to the international space industry in the next decade.
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.