Tag: research

Boomers vs Millennials: Federal funding leaves young scientists under pressure

Whilst Australia has halted declining research funding, Federal funding policy has made it far more difficult for younger scientists to gain experience and stable employment. This is the fourth story in our series exploring intergenerational inequity. Lachlan Gray reports.

I recall back in 2014, during my second year of university, I was told by my lecturer to get out of Australia if I wanted any sort of career in science. At that time, and indeed now, that sentiment has continued to be relevant. Since the election of Tony Abbott in 2013, Australia has witnessed a dramatic decline in meaningful scientific funding from each successive Coalition government.

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Old Dog Thoughts- 21/3/20 Leaders of the Free World

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Fighting Fake News with REAL,21/3/20; Australian individuals are asked to cough up again like the GFC and not just into their arms; The IPA really do magnify why Capitalism hasn’t a clue on how to deal with Covid-19;

World Temperature Rise Nears Danger Level

The researchers investigated the overlap between socio-economic development and a range of climate change risks, to try to identify the vulnerability hotspots if the global mean temperature should rise by 1.5°C, 2°C or 3°C by 2050, compared with the pre-industrial baseline.

The researchers are from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the universities of Oxford (UK) and Washington (US).

They report in the journal Environmental Research Letters that they developed 14 impact indicators in three main sectors – water, energy, and food and environment. These indicators include a water stress index, water supply seasonality, clean cooking access, heat stress events, habitat degradation, and crop yield changes.

World Temperature Rise Nears Danger Level

Kevin Donnelly, the IPA, discredited studies and the Right’s ‘universal truth’

Stephen Keim discusses Kevin Donnelly’s use of a discredited IPA study as a benchmark for university education content and the advancement of the Right’s long march into privilege, tyranny and ‘universal truth’.WHEN an opinion piece, starts by citing an Institute of Public Affairs’ (IPA) “forensic analysis of how history is now taught in our universities”, it is probably a good signal that I should read no further.

Source: Kevin Donnelly, the IPA, discredited studies and the Right’s ‘universal truth’

Grid Batteries Are Poised to Become Cheaper Than Natural-Gas Plants in Minnesota – MIT Technology Review

A new report suggests the economics of large-scale batteries are reaching an important inflection point.

Source: Grid Batteries Are Poised to Become Cheaper Than Natural-Gas Plants in Minnesota – MIT Technology Review