Natural environment

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19 Jul 2017

In Australia, local councils and communities have long been at the forefront of climate action, continuing their efforts, despite periods of instability and inaction at the state and federal climate policy level. In recent times, shires, towns and cities have stepped up their efforts and profile...

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15 Jul 2017

This report is a documentation of the rates and directions of migration of limesand dunes in parts of Western Australia. With the application of ArcGIS, georeferenced maps and aerial images from 1960 to 2010 were used to measure and monitor the locations of a selection of mobile dunes along the...

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Article

14 Jul 2017

Urban development typically looks to governments, local and national, to take the lead in transforming urban landscapes to promote sustainability and wellbeing. This is especially so when problems requiring a coordinated response – such as climate change – are deep and urgent.

However, in...

Strategy

13 Jul 2017

This plan outlines the action that the Victorian government is taking to encourage investment in our energy sector and to ensure Victorians continue to benefit from a renewable, affordable and reliable energy system into the future.

The Renewable Energy Action Plan invests $146 million...

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Survey

10 Jul 2017

New polling of seven electorates belonging to senior Cabinet Ministers, including the Prime Minister, reveals strong opposition to a federal subsidised loan for Adani’s coal project, and support for instituting a moratorium on new coal mines.

The Australia Institute commissioned ReachTEL...

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10 Jul 2017

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of the Environment and Energy’s arrangements for the preparation and reporting of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions estimates and projections. To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO adopted the...

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Research report

07 Jul 2017

As Fiji prepares to chair climate talks in late 2017, Pacific leaders are gathering in Suva to consider what policies to push for. One should be a moratorium on new coal mines.

Australian government ministers are actively promoting subsidies to the world’s largest new coal mine, Adani’s...

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Research report

06 Jul 2017

This strategy paper evaluates the prospects for the development of a strategic energy partnership between Australia and Germany based on the potential for Australia to emerge as Europe’s major supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

At first glance, Australia’s growing export capacity,...

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06 Jul 2017

This report is being released in the lead up to National Tree Day (Sunday 30 July 2017). The report examines how prepared the next generation is to tackle the biggest global challenges facing humanity. These challenges have been defined by the...

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Research report

04 Jul 2017

The stabilisation of the climate system in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change is impossible without the timely phase out of unabated coal from the global energy system. Coal currently accounts for 29 percent of global primary energy supply and generates 44 percent of global CO2...

Briefing paper

30 Jun 2017

The South China Sea fishery is being depleted at an unsustainable rate and in a destructive manner.

Key points:

  • Twelve per cent of the global fish catch comes from the South China Sea, but that fishery is headed for collapse.
  • This will have important
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Audio podcast

30 Jun 2017

Dr Andi Horvath meets Dr Seona Candy – an academic at Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and an expert in the importance of urban green areas. As the EcoCity World Summit comes to Melbourne, Dr Candy says our focus on building resilient, sustainable ecocities of...

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30 Jun 2017

In March 2017 large areas of the Plane Basin in the Mackay region received very heavy rainfall associated with ex-tropical cyclone Debbie (T.C. Debbie), with 3-day (27—29 March) accumulated rainfall totals exceeding 550 mm at numerous stations. Many areas in the catchment had already experienced...

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Research report

29 Jun 2017

Financial Markets and Transparency

One of the essential functions of financial markets is to price risk to support informed, efficient capital-allocation decisions. Accurate and timely disclosure of current and past operating and financial results is fundamental to this...

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29 Jun 2017

National parks, reserves and other protected areas are vital to the survival of Australia’s unique fauna and flora – animals and plants found nowhere else in the world – and to our valuable nature tourism industry. National parks and other protected areas also provide many other valuable ‘...

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29 Jun 2017

The primary obligation of the Australian government is to serve the Australian people. This means that policies should only be enacted where they are in Australia’s national interest.

Unfortunately, the Discussion Paper appears to take it as a...

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28 Jun 2017

Some hostile organisations have softened their attitudes and most are debating the evidence on this question. There is now tension in the environmental movement about whether nuclear power should in fact be part of a low-carbon energy future.

A lot of the debate about nuclear power is...

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26 Jun 2017

It’s renowned as the world’s largest living thing. The Great Barrier Reef is also the biggest contributor to our national economy and our international brand.

Putting a price on it might seem impossible, given the reef’s irreplaceable beauty and biodiversity. Of course it’s invaluable on...

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Fact sheet

23 Jun 2017

This policy guide note synthesises the findings of the final report for RP3038: Lower Income Barriers to Low Carbon Living. 

In summary:

  • Broad engagement with lower income households, industry, government and other stakeholders reveals that energy deprivation is an increasing
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22 Jun 2017

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) foresees a dwindling role for natural gas in the power sector toward the middle of the century, not only to meet the Paris Agreement goals, but also due to increasing competition from renewables.

Key messages:

  • To achieve the Paris Agreement’s
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