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This essay examines the potential of Australian agriculture to meet the growing food demand from Asia. In doing so, this paper analyses the drivers of demand from the Asian region, where opportunities are identified for specific agricultural industries. Australia's current potential is examined, exploring innovation...
New quantitative evidence presented in this report demonstrates that total public agricultural R&D spending in Asia-Pacific increased by 50 percent, from $8.2 billion in 1996 to $12.3 billion in 2008 (in 2005 PPP prices). Most of this growth was driven by the region's low- and...
There has been considerable interest in biofuels and bioenergy production (the generation of energy from biomass), as alternative agricultural industries for the future. High oil prices, diminishing total oil supply, the energy security debate, growing environmental awareness and the need to develop sustainable regional agricultural...
This issues paper aims to assist individuals and organisations to participate in the inquiry. It outlines the background to the inquiry, the Commission’s intended approach, and the matters about which the Commission is seeking comment and information.
Australia and New Zealand should allow open migration for citizens of Pacific nations threatened by climate change, to boost struggling island economies and prevent a later mass forced migration, a paper from the World Bank argues.
Regional scale collaboration on climate change adaptation is an important consideration for governments. This report is based on a project that explored the relationship between legal and policy frameworks and cross-border collaboration on climate change adaptation in the Australian Capital Region (ACR).
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...
Focusing on the Australian capital region, this report argues that there is an opportunity now for regional planning that can integrate climate change adaptation, population growth, housing and infrastructure demand, services, and biodiversity conservation.
The heavy downpours across south-east Australia are yet another reminder of how extreme weather events place lives, property and critical infrastructure at risk. This briefing paper describes the influence of climate change on extreme rainfall.
This report examines the impacts of climate change on fisheries and marine biodiversity and makes recommendations around research, monitoring and marine natural resource management.