Australia is facing a catastrophic bushfire season. It's not yet summer but bushfires have already ravaged parts of NSW, Queensland and Western Australia with the first catastrophic fire danger alert being recorded in Australian history. But a lot of the dialogue has turned to how it got this bad. Climate change is being touted as one of the major factors contributing to this crisis but with politicians playing down those claims and even censoring discussion of it, let's take a look at the links between climate change and one of Australia's most devastating bushfire seasons on record.
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CSIRO's Energy Centre in Newcastle is home to Eighteen04 -- a startup organisation formed with the intention of fostering other clean technology startups. The organisation currently provides desk space for ten different startups, and is looking to expand with a further 100 desks in the pursuit of clean, smart technology.
The CSIRO has teamed up with Dell to deliver CSIRO's newest high performance computing cluster (HPC), named Pearcey. The Pearcey cluster supports CSIRO research activities in a broad range of areas such as Bioinformatics, Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science.
One CSIRO researcher is using Pearcey for the modelling work behind the development of an improved nylon mesh for use in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery, which has the potential to benefit the one in five Australian women that have surgery for the condition at some point in their lives.
With hackathons proving their worth as a way to nurture creativity and spur innovation, CSIRO is getting in on the action, inviting potential clean energy innovators to #hackthesun for $10k in prize money. This will be Australia's first solar hackathon, with the same model internationally already having produced a number of successful solar startups.
Smart meters have taken us a step closer to "digitising" our power usage and making it easier to monitor just how much electricity we're using. CSIRO however is taking the concept further and in conjunction with app developer HabiDapt, is trialling software that will allow you to see the current power consumption of individual household appliances, along with a breakdown of usage costs, with the ability to turn them on and off remotely.
The recently released Commission of Audit report recommends that the Australian government needs to become "digital by default". The continued shift to digital service delivery is intended to reduce costs, improve quality of service and provide greater transparency. But it will also open up new vulnerabilities to cyber attacks that could be used to access secure and confidential data, compromise the integrity of trusted authorities and disrupt critical services.