SCU wins climate funds

A leading biogeochemist with Southern Cross University, Dr Isaac Santos, has been awarded research funds for 2013 to continue his good work in monitoring fugitive greenhouse emissions.

This time his research will investigate whether residential canal estates are a source of increased greenhouse gases.

He has been awarded $12,000 under the WH Gladstone Population and Environment Fund with more to come if his research proves fruitful.

Dr Santos, who has published more than 50 scientific papers and is regarded as one of the university's leading lights, will use the same equipment to monitor gases as he did when he measured fugitive CSG emissions at Tara, Queensland, last year.

Dr Santos previously said the CSG industry had only a 'fire detector' approach to methane gas.

"A 'fire detector' approach to methane regulation means methane is treated as an explosive hazard only. Concentrations have to reach explosive levels to be considered a problem," he had said.

"Our results indicate that we should adopt more of a 'smoke detector' approach in which methane is treated as a powerful greenhouse gas."

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