Byproducts key to charcoal fuel viability
A new pyrolysis technology could expand charcoal production in Australia tenfold, and generate a range of valuable byproducts, according to the February edition of CSIRO's Process magazine.
CO2-chomping microbes battling for ocean iron
Australian, Belgian and New Zealand scientists have expanded our understanding of the way phyoplankton take up scarce iron in the ocean – a process that regulates ocean food chains from the bottom up and helps remove up to 40 per cent of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
New crop of plant scientists emerges at CSIRO
Some of Australia’s top science and engineering students have begun a ten-week, hands-on work experience program at CSIRO Plant Industry’s research facilities in Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Narrabri.
Climate is warming – despite 'ups and downs'
Periodic short-term cooling in global temperatures should not be misinterpreted as signalling an end to global warming, according to an Honorary Research Fellow with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Barrie Hunt.
Research collaboration to deliver ‘healthier’ grains
Four of Australia’s leading research institutions will collaborate closely over the next three years to fast-track development of new ‘healthier’ varieties of three of the world’s most widely cultivated cereal grains.
Measuring how farm animals 'feel'
CSIRO is researching ways to improve the welfare of livestock by developing scientific methods for assessing how animals 'feel' in response to common management practices.
Brainstorming the big biodiversity issues
More than 700 leading international and Australian ecologists will attend the Ecological Society of Australia’s Annual Conference in Canberra this week (6-10 December) to brainstorm issues critical to ensuring a healthy future for Australian biodiversity.
CO2 capture from coal power begins in Qld
Low emissions coal technology research has reached an important milestone in Queensland with the first capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from Tarong Power Station flue gases using post combustion capture (PCC) technology.
Water savings from willow removal
Removing willows growing in the stream bed of creeks and rivers could return valuable water resources to river systems, new CSIRO research has found.
New edition of soil analysis 'bible' released
A new ‘bible’ on analysing soils for factors like carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and toxic substances, was released in Canberra last night at the Australasian Soil & Plant Analysis Council Conference.
Funding to help solve solar energy puzzle
CSIRO has welcomed the award of a $5.65 million grant from the Australian Solar Institute towards three major solar research projects worth a total of $16 million.
World-leading spatial experts meet in Sydney
Senior CSIRO scientists will this week host a meeting of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) in Sydney to discuss developing and implementing new standards for geospatial and location technology.
SEQ drought likely caused by ‘climate variability’
The recent South-East Queensland (SEQ) drought was likely caused by shifts associated with climate variability over decades rather than climate change, according to the findings of a team of CSIRO researchers led by Dr Wenju Cai.
Global CO2 emissions may set a record this year
Global carbon dioxide emissions contributing to atmospheric warming show no sign of abating and may reach record levels in 2010, according to the Global Carbon Project (GCP), supported by CSIRO’s Marine and Atmospheric Research Division.
Scientists question fisheries health test
A measure widely advocated as a means of assessing the health of marine ecosystems is an ineffective guide to trends in biodiversity, and more direct monitoring is needed, a new study has found.
CSIRO’s supercomputer is Australia’s ‘greenest’
CSIRO’s graphics processing unit (GPU) cluster is now Australia’s ‘greenest’ supercomputer ranking 11th on an internationally recognised list of the world’s 500 fastest and most energy efficient supercomputers – the Green500 List.
National ‘CarbonKids Schools Program’ launch
Students from 10 Sydney schools will join guests at Rydalmere East Public School today to celebrate the launch of the 2010 National CarbonKids Schools Program by former Chief Scientist of Australia, CSIRO’s Dr Jim Peacock, and the Chairman of Bayer Australia Limited, Joerg Ellmanns.