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Unit 3 | Living on Earth - extracting, using and managing Earth resources
"In Unit 3, students explore the ways Earth and environmental science is used to describe and explain differences between renewable and non-renewable Earth resources and how their extraction, use, consumption and disposal affect Earth systems. An understanding of Earth resources is essential to appreciate the need for sustainable sources to maintain quality of everyday life, balanced with the need to limit the effect that extraction and use will have on different Earth systems. Students conduct experiments and investigations about Earth resources. They examine case studies to analyse secondary data and make decisions about the viability of using renewable and non-renewable Earth resources using an ‘ecological footprint’" (QCAA, 2019).
Topic 1: Use of non-renewable Earth resources
Access the Queensland Government's monitoring resources; including, air quality, storm tide monitoring, water quality, wave monitoring, wetlands, coal dust management and vegetation monitoring.
Management and Regulation
Access to all the Queensland Government's Department of Environment and Science resources.
Topic 2: Use of renewable Earth resources
Reform of the Biodiscovery Act 2004
"Queensland was the first jurisdiction in Australia to regulate biodiscovery activities when it passed the Biodiscovery Act 2004 (the Act). Since the Act commenced, significant international developments have changed the regulatory requirements around access and benefit sharing. The most significant is the Nagoya Protocol, which came into effect in 2014. Australia signed the Protocol in 2012 but is yet to ratify it ... "
Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers
Access to details about the Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program, Junior Ranger Program and more.
CSIRO's Reconciliation Action Plan
"CSIRO’s Reconciliation Action Plan outlines the actions we will take to improve the awareness and understanding of the culture, customs, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ... "
Uniquely Australian Foods
"The University of Queensland led Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) for Uniquely Australian Foods (IC180100045) aims to transform the native Food and Agribusiness Sector through development of selected crops, foods and ingredients using an Indigenous governance group to oversee the process of converting Traditional Knowledge into Branded Products."
Regional water supply security assessments
"The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy works with councils and water service providers to better understand the ability of current water supply systems to supply water for future growth in regional urban areas. Population growth as well as challenges from droughts and ageing infrastructure highlight the ongoing importance of water security planning. Some local governments have requested our assistance with water supply security planning ... "
Queensland Water Modelling Network
"The Queensland Water Modelling Network (QWMN) is improving the state’s capacity to model its surface water and groundwater resources and their quality. The QWMN provides the tools, information and collaborative platforms to support best-practice use of water models, and the uptake of their results by policy makers and natural resource managers ... "
Recreational fishing monitoring
"Keeping an eye on our fishery resources - Fisheries Queensland monitors recreational fishing and fish species using several programs ... "