Natural environment

Report

9 Nov 2017

This report shows Australia is highly vulnerable to many consequences of a changing climate, from worsening heatwaves, droughts and bushfires, to devastating coral reef bleaching, while most of the nation’s population centres are also highly exposed to sea level rise.

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Report

9 Nov 2017

Hydraulic fracturing (more commonly known as “fracking”) is a controversial process used to extract natural gas from unconventional resources. It has been applied commercially since the 1950s but has recently become a subject of intense debate. This is due to the massive increase in gas...

Guide

7 Nov 2017

These Interim guidelines on EPA use of unmanned aircraft (interim guidelines) address the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) use of unmanned aircraft. The interim guidelines aim to strike the appropriate balance between safety, privacy and efficiency in the EPA’s work to protect the community and...

Fact sheet

7 Nov 2017

The UN Climate Talks for 2017 (COP23) have kicked off in Bonn, Germany.

Two years ago in Paris, world leaders agreed to work together to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C. The Paris Agreement was pivotal in cementing the world’s...

Report

6 Nov 2017

Australia’s Top End has become synonymous with ‘global biodiversity hotspot’, ‘tourist mecca’, ‘angler’s paradise’ and where Indigenous communities maintain a continuing connection with saltwater country.

On the whole, the region’s coasts and seas remain in very good condition and are part of...

Journal article

4 Nov 2017

Climate change will increasingly create severe risks for New Zealand’s coastal housing stock. Even a small amount of sea level rise will substantially exacerbate the costs of flooding and storm surges. Under the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) three mitigation scenarios, global average sea...

Briefing paper

2 Nov 2017

Climate change is already forcing millions of people from their land and homes, and putting many more at risk of displacement in the future. Supercharged storms, more intense and prolonged droughts, rising seas and other impacts of climate change all exacerbate people’s existing vulnerabilities and...

Report

1 Nov 2017

Last year, IFC studied the national commitments submitted by 21 emerging market countries as part of the Paris Agreement, and found $23 trillion in investment opportunity if they achieve their targets by 2030.

This report builds from that effort by...

Report

31 Oct 2017

VicForests harvests approximately 3,000 hectares of native forest in Victoria each year, under a number of environmental regulations. The timber harvested is used to produce furniture, flooring and other building materials, as well as paper.

VicForests describes sustainability as a key component of its...

Report

31 Oct 2017

Australia exports high-value seafood such as rock lobster and abalone, while importing items such as canned fish and frozen prawns. These lesser value products come from countries with lower labour costs, particularly Vietnam, China and Thailand.

The majority of raw prawn imports...

Draft report

31 Oct 2017

The NSW marine estate is a valuable natural asset to the people of NSW. It comprises tidal rivers and estuaries, the shoreline, the submerged lands, and the waters of the NSW coast from the Queensland border to the Victorian border and out to three nautical...

Discussion paper

31 Oct 2017

Humans have always used fire: for warmth, for cooking, in agriculture, to manufacture and to manage the physical and natural environment. In Australia, our natural landscapes have evolved around fire; their ongoing health relies upon it.

Living with the prospect of fire across our...

Report

30 Oct 2017

Queensland is rich in energy resources of the past and future: coal and gas; as well as the sunshine and wind powered technologies which now dominate global investment. The state is fast approaching a crossroads for which future it will pursue....

Book

28 Oct 2017

This book explores creative interdisciplinary and potentially transformative solutions to the current stalemate in contemporary water policy design. A more open policy conversation about water than exists at present is proposed – one that provides a space for the role of the imagination and is...

Report

27 Oct 2017

On 3 December 2016 the Northern Territory Government announced an independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory. The Inquiry is investigating the environmental, social and economic risks and impacts of hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) of onshore unconventional gas reservoirs...

Commentary

26 Oct 2017

The destruction of Tasmania’s pristine wilderness areas, first by dams and then by logging, has been a focus for environmental protests at least since the flooding of Lake Pedder in 1972. Bob Brown, the founding leader of the Greens, has been a central figure in...

Research report

26 Oct 2017

Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) is an observatory orbiting Earth and mapping its soil moisture content and freeze/thaw state. Moisture in the topsoil (top 5cm) is measured via radar and radiometer on the observatory, while freeze/thaw state is measured via radar. Radio waves are beamed...

Research report

26 Oct 2017

We know climate change is happening and we know stormwater and wastewater systems are vulnerable. What we don’t know is how these impacts will unfold over varying places and times. This discussion paper provides an overview of our current knowledge, and outlines priority research areas...

Research report

25 Oct 2017

Many factors that contribute to our health and well-being as New Zealanders are threatened by climate change. These include direct effects such as increased exposure to heat waves and weather events but also indirect effects, such as reduced water safety or challenges to our mental...

Research report

25 Oct 2017

With business creation and investment in Australia in precipitous decline, it is critical that all levels of Australian government undertake reforms to reduce red tape to achieve minimum best practice regulation.

Environmental law in Australia has not only been expanding...