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The Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015 was an important political step forward for the planet. It is a statement of commitment by 185 nations to limit global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Most nations also signed up to ‘the intent to pursue...
This report argues that a broad understanding of economic and political systems is a prerequisite for action on climate change and women’s inequality.
The Climate Change and Risk Management: The Role of the Financial Services Sector Think Tank held on 5 December 2012 brought together members representing the financial sector, government and policy makers, climate scientists and academics to discuss the role the financial sector can play in...
For several decades, the alternative commercial and economic uses and management of Australia’s native forests have generated considerable debate. In the past five years, this debate has sharpened as the native forest sector has contracted in response to increased competition in international...
This report argues that Australia’s poor investment in energy efficiency is costing the nation tens of billions of dollars in economic growth.
Energy efficiency is both the single most costeffective way of lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and an essential component of...
The methods used to plan adaptation to climate change have been heavily influenced by scientific narratives of gradual change and economic narratives of marginal adjustments to that change. An investigation of the theoretical aspects of how the climate changes suggests that scientific...
This inquiry has concluded. The final report was sent to Government on 20 September 2012 and released on 14 March 2013.
The Productivity Commission invited interested parties to register their interest in an inquiry into regulatory and policy barriers to effective climate change adaptation....
The objectives of this project are to examine the adaptive capacity of existing institutional arrangements in the National Electricity Market to existing and predicted climate change conditions. Specifically the project aims to:
1. identify climate change adaptation issues in the NEM;
In 2008 the International Energy Agency ('IEA') called for an 'energy revolution', involving radical action by governments at national and local levels, and through participation in co-ordinated international mechanisms. As the IEA (2008, 37) put it:
"The world’s energy system is at a crossroads....
The federal government gives just over $4 billion in direct subsidies to mining companies each year, mainly in the form of cheap fuel and tax breaks for building roads and railways, this policy brief reveals.
This is at a time when the industry is...