Environmental crime, such as pollution or clearing native vegetation without approval, is a relatively new area of criminal law. It has unique characteristics which can lead to punishments that don’t fit the crime. An important question for governments around the world is how to design laws that target environmental crime effectively.
Pacific Island Countries are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, yet they have negligibly contributed to the historical emissions of greenhouse gasses.
Human sewage disposal in Antarctica presents a risk of introducing non-native bacterial species, specifically E. coli, into endemic Antarctic wildlife, potentially affecting its diversity and evolution.
Do bees like the taste of nectar? Does the ant foraging for your crumbs feel better when she finds one?
Are insects merely tiny robots?
Professor Stephen Foley is a specialist in igneous and metamorphic petrology and geochemistry – the physics and chemistry of rocks formed in the deep crust and mantle.
Honey bee colonies are dying more often and more quickly. We urgently need to understand why, and how to prevent it.
Australia has three native species of rice all growing in the tropics and savannah. These wild relative grow in highly arid and highly variable seasonal conditions that will characterise future climate regimes around the world.
Modelling ecological phenomena on the basis of energy and materials available in the environment provides a deeper understanding of the environmental constraints to life. Reef fishes represent the most species-rich group of vetebrates and occupy diverse habitats that vary substantially in temperature across the globe.
Our current understanding of large-scale crustal structures is mostly via seismic tomography images, which are similar to CT scans used in medicine. The recent advent of ambient-noise tomography, which relies on information from seismic noise generated by oceans, has proved to be extremely powerful in resolving crustal structures.
Environmental risk management in the energy and resource industries is essential in order to minimise impacts of emissions and waste on sustainability, and human and ecosystem health.