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Australia Resilience System Working Group

The mission of this working group is to articulate and shape issues of resilience and sustainability in Australia as they may be implemented as reforms of current policies, as well as contemplate and make recommendations for more extensive critiques and proposals for state and local systems transformation, as may be necessary or desirable beyond the scope of traditional reforms being undertaken by the current Australian national government and Australian local government proposals.

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Visioning 2032: The Sunshine Films


What could the suburb of Sunshine look like in 2032? angelica-film
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The Great Barrier Reef Has Lost Half of its Coral in the Last 27 Years

Barnards after cyclone Larry. Image: AIMS Long-term Monitoring Team.

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
October 2, 2012

Can we save the Reef by controlling crown of thorns starfish?


The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover in the last 27 years. The loss was due to storm damage (48%), crown of thorns starfish (42%), and bleaching (10%) according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today by researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville and the University of Wollongong.

"We can't stop the storms but, perhaps we can stop the starfish. If we can, then the Reef will have more opportunity to adapt to the challenges of rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification", says John Gunn, CEO of AIMS.

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Australians Told Sweeping Economic, Societal Changes Needed to Cope with Severe Weather

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Homeland Security News Wire - April 27, 2012

The Australian government’s Productivity Commission has just released its much-anticipated report, titled Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation (a 305 page .PDF report). The report calls for sweeping changes across the Australian economy, including ditching property taxes which discourage people from moving out of areas prone to extreme weather events.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the commission, accepting that some degree of climate change is now inevitable, says that Australia will need to adapt. This means removing obstacles in the areas of taxation, local government, disaster relief, planning and building rules, and emergency management.


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Direct Drinking Water Recycling Could Prevent Floods

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Homeland Security News Wire - April 18, 2012

The use of a more streamlined process to recycle wastewater could have saved Brisbane from severe flooding in 2011 and mitigated recent flood risks in NSW, a leading water expert says

Direct potable reuse (DPR) of wastewater could free up billions of liters of water from reservoirs around Australia, giving cities a greater buffer to capture rainwater and control major flooding events, says Dr. Stuart Khan, an environmental engineer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Water Research Center.

Current plans for water recycling in Australia generally involve Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR), in which reclaimed water is treated to a high standard and then returned to rivers, lakes and aquifers, where it mixes with environmental waters before being re-extracted for further treatment.

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Update 7/15: Australia 2009-H1N1 Status

Swine flu death toll reaches 29, with 11,194 confirmed cases

FIVE more deaths in Sydney - including a nine-year-old boy and a 78-year-old man - have raised the national death toll of victims with swine flu to 29.
The other three were two women aged 55 and 71, and a 29-year-old man.

New South Wales chief health officer Kerry Chant said four of the latest victims had underlying medical conditions. What caused the death of the fifth, the man in his 20s, had yet to be determined.

Australia flu 'may tip pandemic'

The World Health Organization last declared a pandemic 41 years ago
A sharp increase in swine flu cases in Australia may mean the infection has become a pandemic, the World Health Organization says.
For that to happen, officials would have to verify that the disease had become established outside North America, where the crisis began.
"Once I get indisputable evidence, I will make the announcement," said WHO director general, Margaret Chan.
More than 1,200 people have contracted the virus in Australia - none fatally.
The total means Australia has seen a four-fold increase in a week.

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