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Managing bushfires

To burn or not to burn? Investigate the science behind arguments for and against controlled burn-offs that aim to reduce the risk of bushfires to humans. Listen to the reasons Professor Mark Adams of Sydney University gives for a careful approach to prescribed burning.

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Fighting fire with fire: the debate

How do we best protect communities from the threat of bushfire? Prescribed burning is the preferred method in many parts of Australia, but it remains controversial. This clip investigates the science behind prescribed burning. Does it save property and lives, and can it destroy ecosystems?

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Eco forest

Take on the role of forest manager. Learn about the biodiversity of the forest and the animals that live there. Select different logging methods for three 50-year cycles. For example, you can choose to clear-fell or retention harvest old-growth forests, regrowth forests, or combinations of the two. Choose the best method ...

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UV Index: simulator

Use a simulator to test the level of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Test the effects of cloud, shade and ground surface: grass, sand, water and snow. Notice that the amount of UV light that reaches a person varies according to the reflectivity of their surroundings. Use simulation results to answer a series of questions. For example, ...

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Resort rescue: coastal protection

Look at long-term effects of development at a beach resort. Explore effects on fish stocks, coral cover, wildlife, sedimentation and coastal erosion. Consider social and economic impacts. Compare proposals to plant mangroves, cocos palms or build a sea wall. Try to maximise economic performance, environmental protection ...

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Resort rescue: fresh water use

Look at long-term effects of unrestricted use of fresh water at a beach resort. Explore effects on water supply, building stability, recreational activities, plants and wildlife. Consider social and economic impacts. Compare proposals to pump water in, reduce water use, or build a dam. Try to maximise economic performance, ...

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Resort rescue: water sports

Look at long-term effects of motorised water sports at a beach resort. Explore effects on human health, wildlife and coastal erosion. Consider social and economic impacts. Compare proposals to ban jet skis, ban all motorised water sports, or move motorised sports further offshore. Try to maximise economic performance, environmental ...

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Resort rescue: overdevelopment

Look at long-term effects of overdevelopment at a beach resort. Explore effects on the local community, business, jobs, wildlife and environment. Consider social and economic impacts. Compare proposals to reduce development, increase development, or buy land to restore nature. Try to maximise economic performance, environmental ...

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Resort rescue: off-road vehicles

Look at long-term effects of off-road vehicles at a beach resort. Explore effects on human health, coastal erosion, native plants and animals. Consider social and economic impacts. Compare proposals to ban off-road vehicles, restrict off-road vehicles, or provide guided off-road vehicle tours. Try to maximise economic performance, ...

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Save the lake

Fish are dying in a lake because of pollution in the water. Test the lake water with chemical indicators. Work out which industry caused the pollution problem. Suggest changes to save the lake.

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Wind farm: pros and cons

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a wind farm in a coastal community. Gather facts and opinions from local residents such as a dairy farmer, small business owner, young family and retired people. Consider issues of ecological sustainability, economic development, social responsibility, lifestyle ...

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Resort rescue: coastal protection [ESL]

Look at long-term effects of development at a beach resort. Explore effects on fish stocks, coral cover, wildlife, sedimentation and coastal erosion. Consider social and economic impacts. Compare proposals to plant mangroves, cocos palms or build a sea wall. Try to maximise economic performance, environmental protection ...

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Snowy Hydro - Conservation in the Snowy Mountains, 1955: Clearing methods invite bushfire

This clip, from 1955, shows the devastating environmental effects of land clearing and grazing in the high country (subalpine and alpine regions) of the Snowy Mountains in south-eastern New South Wales and north-eastern Victoria. Over scenes of dead trees and bare hills, the narrator describes the practice of intentional ...

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Snowy Hydro - Conquest of the Rivers, 1957: A new multicultural home

This clip shows cabins being transported by truck through snow-covered countryside to Cabramurra, New South Wales, a newly established township for workers on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. The dramatised documentary then shows actors playing an Australian family that has recently arrived in the town. The parents ...

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Carbon Control: Aboriginal fire-control knowledge and carbon trading, 2009

In this clip from the ABC 'Catalyst' story 'Carbon country update' (2009), presenter Mark Horstman shows how Aboriginal fire-management practices are being used to prevent annual wildfires in Arnhem Land. The clip reveals that prescribed burning conducted around May, using local Aboriginal fire-control techniques, is being ...

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CFA Bushfires - a geography resource for Australian students

This is an illustrated PDF with comprehensive information about the causes and behaviours of bushfire as well as the impact fires have on natural and human environments. Taking a geographic perspective, the text is supported with photographs, maps, aerial photography, diagrams, and tables. Each chapter includes activities ...

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CFA House bushfire self assessment tool

This is an internet-based presentation designed to educate users about the behaviour of bushfires and the steps required to prepare for and defend property in the event of a bushfire. Simple navigation buttons guide the user through sequenced information presented as text, images and diagrams, animations, checklists and ...