Air pollution and water problems in Australia’s urban environments: merging science and environmental management
This paper focuses on two major environmental problems in Australian cities, air pollution and water, and discusses possible management strategies.
The water sector is increasingly facing unprecedented challenges and disruptive change, as are many other sectors of the economy. The partial privatisation of water assets is just the beginning of this process and climate change impacts will exacerbate all these challenges. Action needs to be...
This report is an update on the implementation of recommendations of World Heritage Committee decision: 36 COM 7B.8, Great Barrier Reef (Australia) (N 154). WWF and AMCS remain concerned that neither the Australian nor Queensland governments are adequately addressing the World Heritage Committee’s recommendations given...
Takes a deep look at the health of our oceans and the impact of human activity on marine life. Forward Our ocean – that seemingly infinitely bountiful, ever awe-inspiring blue that defines our planet from space – is in crisis. When I wrote the foreword...
Research in this report contradicts claims by federal and state government ministers that new dams are not being built in Australia. The report shows that 20 to 30 large new dams have been recently constructed, funded at least in part by Australian taxpayers.
This strategy shows the South Australian Government's full response to the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission and the Productivity Commission’s five-year assessment – with a continued focus on implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, in full and on time, by 2024.
The Millennium Drought across Australia during the 2000s placed cities under pressure in providing urban water security. In Sydney, Australia’s largest city, a comprehensive water demand programme triggered a significant reduction in per capita water consumption. The water demand programme included incentives for the installation...
Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting (VWBA): a method for implementing and valuing water stewardship activities
WRI and partners at Quantis, LimnoTech and Valuing Nature have developed a new approach for implementing and valuing water stewardship activities. The Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting (VWBA) meets a critical need in corporate water stewardship: a common method for assessing the benefits of water stewardship...
Green-Gray Assessment: how to assess the costs and benefits of green infrastructure for water supply systems
Executive summary A growing body of research shows that healthy watersheds are a vital component of a well-functioning water supply infrastructure system. When green infrastructure is used to complement, substitute, or safeguard traditional gray infrastructure, it can achieve optimal service delivery and save water suppliers...
This report shows how poor water quality stalls economic progress, stymies human potential, and reduces food production. The report calls for a paradigm shift that emphasizes safer, and often more cost-effective remedies that prevent pollution by combining smarter policies with newer technologies.