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Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
The ABRS is a Program within Parks Australia Division of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. ABRS strives to answer three questions: What plants, animals and other organisms occur in Australia? Where are they found? How can we provide that information to you?
Source: ABRS website
Atlas of Living Australia
The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) project is building a biodiversity information platform to provide scientists and others with the information they need now and in decades to come. The ALA is a unique five-year partnership between the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency; the Australian Government and Australian museums, herbaria and other biological collections. It is a work in progress. Source: ALA website
Identification and Ecology of Australian Freshwater Invertebrates
An interactive guide with colour digital imagery. Site includes links to many freely downloadable identificationkeys and others available for purchase. Victorian emphasis but useful Australia wide.
Threatened species & ecological communities
From the Australian Dept. of the Environment
Species Profile and Threats Database (SPRAT )
The database is designed to provide information about species and ecological communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It provides information on what the species looks like, its population and distribution, habitat, movements, feeding, reproduction and taxonomic comments. The information has been compiled by summarising information from a range of sources and contributors. At this stage profiles are not available for all species.
Wildlife and Ecosystems
These pages on Queensland Government's Department of Environment and Resource management website offer information about a range of wildlife species and ecosystems. Resource links include: Maps, imagery, data; Fact sheets, reports, publications.
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice. Source: IUCN website
ALERT- Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers and Thinkers
Blog discussing cutting edge environmental problems from a scientific perspective.
From University of California, Berkeley -"Your one step source for information on evolution"
Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030
The Strategy is a guiding framework for biodiversity conservation over the coming decades for all sectors - government, business and the community. The Strategy sets out priorities which will direct our efforts to achieve healthy and resilient biodiversity and provide us with a basis for living sustainably. Source: AG Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website.
State of the Global Climate 2021 (WMO-No. 1290)
The publication provides a summary on the state of the climate indicators in 2021 including global temperatures trends and its distribution around the globe; most recent finding on Green House Gases concentration, Ocean indicators; Cryosphere with a particular emphasis on Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, greenland ice sheet and glaciers and snow cover; Stratospheric Ozone; analysis of major drivers of inter-annual climate variability during the year including the El Niño Souther Oscillation and other Ocean and Atmshperic indices; global precipitation distribution over land; extreme events including those related to tropical cyclones and wind storms; flooding, drought and extreme heat and cold events. The publication also provides most recent finding on climate related risks and impacts including on food security, humanitarian and population displacement aspects and impact on ecosystems.
Australia's State of the Environment -Report 2021
Combining scientific, traditional and local knowledge, Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have worked together to create this first holistic assessment of the state of Australia’s environment.
The report aims to help shape policy and action, influence behaviours, and assess our actions as stewards of the Australian environment.