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12 Apr 2018

A small environmental organization has taken on Germany’s powerful auto industry in court and has begun winning limited bans on heavily polluting diesel vehicles. Some analysts say this may be the beginning of the end for diesel automobiles in Germany and the European Union.

Journal article

12 Apr 2018

The health impacts of air pollution are increasingly recognised, with the main sources being transport, electricity generation and biomass burning. There is extensive public debate about the transition of the electricity sector away from coal-fired generation, but the health effects are not being heard in...


8 Mar 2018

This audit examined whether Victoria’s air quality meets national standards for pollutant components such as ozone and particulate matter.

Journal article

2 Feb 2018

Air quality is the leading global environmental risk factor for disease. This article focuses on the evidence for the need to develop effective air quality policies for the Pacific Islands region. Factors that have influenced the success and failures of previous and existing environmental policies...

Discussion paper

17 Oct 2017

This discussion paper seeks input from all Victorians on design of a ban of single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags. It also seeks input on managing other plastic pollution.

Journal article

21 Sep 2017

More than three quarters of pollution flowing into New Zealand's freshwater catchments comes through small streams that currently aren't required to be fenced off, according to this study.

Research report

8 Aug 2017

China faces a multitude of issues related to air, water and soil pollution. These issues will impinge on its ability to continue to expand its agricultural sector.


19 Jun 2017

Summary of results from a survey, conducted by Environmental Justice Australia, to feed into reform of the Environment Protection Act and EPA.

Research report

12 Apr 2017

The report is in two sections. The first is a summary report written from my Office with the assistance of the Departmental Science Advisors from the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for the Environment. This overview avoids technical detail but tries to explain the...


26 Mar 2017

This 15'27" "Sunday" television current affairs story journeys down the Selwyn River in New Zealand investigating the impact of dairy farming, climate change and irrigation in causing reduced flow and high nitrate levels. Considers whether the river is like a canary in a coal mine...


17 Jan 2017

The Independent Inquiry into Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) was undertaken over ten months from June 2015 to March 2016 by a Ministerial Advisory Committee chaired by Penny Armytage. The inquiry made 48 recommendations to government about how the EPA can be equipped to meet...

Discussion paper

15 Dec 2016

In 2016, an independent review of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 found that the regulation of the quality of fuel supplied in Australia had led to a quantifiable reduction in the level of pollutants and emissions arising from the use of fuel.


Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - Indoor air pollution in China has become increasingly serious, which has aroused wide concern among the public. The purpose of this paper is to study the effect of S.trifasciatavar.laurentii (variegated snake plant) on indoor environment. Methodology / Approach - An investigation...

Conference paper

22 Nov 2016

Purpose / Context - The provision of reticulated sanitation infrastructure has not kept pace with the rapid urbanization, which can be witnessed in Indonesia. In addition, lack of proper sanitation infrastructure treaty led to pollution of groundwater. The most common system used for human ex-creta...



27 Sep 2016

This opinion piece highlights a couple of recent events in the agriculture-water space and suggest these call into question the dairy industry in New Zealand. On September 15, Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) announced that, in order to reduce the pollution of Lake Rotorua,...


19 Sep 2016


Environmental pollution poses serious challenges for China, including to its economy as well as public health. The China Story Yearbook 2015: Pollution looks at how China’s Communist Party-state addresses these problems and how Chinese citizens have coped with and expressed their concerns...


19 May 2016

For Australia, unmitigated climate change will come at a huge economic cost, not least of which will include severe and damaging impacts to the nation’s infrastructure and the death of ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef.

That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will:...


27 Apr 2016

This policy proposes six key elements to achieve a low-pollution economy.

Leading renewable energy economy Cleaner power generation Build jobs & industry Cut pollution Capture carbon on the land Increased energy efficiency

Research report

31 Mar 2016

The EPA – from then to now Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority began operating in 1971. It was the first EPA in Australia and the second in the world.

Creating this new organisation was a bold step, taken to tackle the growing environmental consequences of...

Research report

29 Feb 2016


In the 12 months since the Australian Conservation Foundation’s first report on Australia’s 10 biggest climate polluting companies, energy giant AGL has gone from #3 to #1 and miner Glencore has entered the list for the first time.

Despite what the...