Natural environment

Commentary

23 Feb 2018

Throughout the world, people are taking direct action to tackle environmental problems – from Standing Rock in the United States, to the Carmichael coal mine in Australia, to the community groups standing against oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Strategy

20 Feb 2018

Environment Canterbury has released this report commissioned by the five agencies with statutory responsibility for land and water management in the iconic Mackenzie Basin.

Research report

16 Feb 2018

This reports aims to assist the Sino-Australian bilateral relationship adapt to meet China’s new policies and to facilitate a smoother transition to a low carbon future.

Research report

16 Feb 2018

Floods, droughts and more frequent extreme weather patterns are the main climate change effects Indonesia faces, and it stands to have a severe effect on food and water security for the country.

Report

14 Feb 2018

This report highlights that whilst the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) claims to base its recommendations on best available science, the proposed amendments allow the MDBA and the states change the Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) without considering the science.

Journal article

14 Feb 2018

This study confirms 90-99% of Australia’s shellfish reefs have disappeared, making them our most endangered ocean ecosystem.

Report

14 Feb 2018

The Minister of Fisheries has publically released this report and recommendations from the Marlborough Sounds Salmon Farm Relocation Advisory Panel for the relocation of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Report

14 Feb 2018

Australia's love affair with clean energy and battery storage is only just beginning, with the nation on the verge of an energy storage boom, as the cost of lithium-ion batteries rapidly drops. Prices have dropped by 80% since 2010, and are tipped to halve again...

Briefing paper

13 Feb 2018

Adani “may have been negligent” when it failed to disclose its CEO’s links to four earlier environmental offences, according to documents released under Freedom of Information.

Report

8 Feb 2018

This report provides an introduction to community-owned renewable energy. It includes Australian and international examples to show that this is a growing and important sector.

Research report

8 Feb 2018

This analysis paper describes and discusses the history, structure, objectives and achievements of the National Landcare Programme.

Report

8 Feb 2018

This report provides a summary of the value of the tourism industry to the Australian economy and to communities, and the risks posed to this asset by climate change. It also describe how the industry can play an important part in the vital transition to...

Audio interview

7 Feb 2018

Pacific Island states are planning a new resilience fund to pay for retrofitting vital infrastructure in the face of extreme weather and climate impacts.

And their peak body, the Pacific Islands Forum, is getting advice from Australia's treasury and finance officials on how to...

Research report

7 Feb 2018

This research shows that estimates of impacts on South Australia from proposed changes to the Murray Darling Basin Plan have been changed multiple times by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).

Submission

5 Feb 2018

The Draft Final Report of the Northern Territory Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing effectively recommends approval of unconventional gas development in the NorthernTerritory. It does this despite the huge potential climate change impacts of developing a shale gas industry, which this submission focuses on....

Research report

1 Feb 2018

Despite trouble spots, there are grounds for long-term optimism in the development of African agriculture.

Report

31 Jan 2018

This report presents the findings of an independent study by Marsden Jacob Associates of the changing nature of wholesale energy supply in the National Electricity Market (NEM) associated with the increasing penetration of intermittent generation, and the market benefits that would be provided by the...

Report

24 Jan 2018

The December 2017 audit shows that Australia’s energy emissions hit another record peak in the year to July 2017, before slight reductions to September.

Submission

19 Jan 2018

The Australia Institute has made this submission on the Draft Report of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory (the Inquiry). The submission focuses on Chapter 13 Economic Impacts of the Draft Report and the report by ACIL Allen.

Report

18 Jan 2018

This report, the result of a ministerial review, provides advice to the minister on the most appropriate operational and legislative mechanisms to support effective responses to natural disasters and other emergencies in New Zealand.