Global environmental change

NARROWER TERMS
Report

Dishing the dirt: Australia’s move to store carbon in soil is a problem for tackling climate change

The Morrison Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap identifies soil carbon as a potential way to reduce emissions from agriculture and to offset other emissions. However, the government’s plan contains misconceptions about the general effectiveness of soil carbon as an emissions reduction strategy.
Report

Phasing out plastics

Building on recent literature about plastics and climate change, this report explores the potential for extensive emission reductions in the plastics sector.
Guide

Growth through transformation: an investment vision guide for climate and development

As countries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to unlock investment is even more acute. This guide presents a theoretical framework to complement efforts by countries to implement the long-term strategies developed under the Paris Agreement.
Journal article

Theorizing construction industry practice within a disaster risk reduction setting: is it a panacea or an illusion?

With the recent increases in natural hazard events worldwide, and the likelihood that this will worsen still further with anticipated climate changes, the construction industry is increasingly contributing to building resilience within disaster-affected communities. Existing industry expertise, its educational approaches and the related theoretical frameworks...
Working paper

Designing and communicating net-zero targets

This paper is a resource for countries that are considering, designing and communicating net-zero targets. It summarises how countries have designed net-zero targets to date, and discusses the pros and cons of different design choices.
Guide

Biden vs Trump: an Australian guide to the issues

In this collection of essays, United States Studies Centre experts cover the broad array of policy positions a Biden or Trump Administration could take, and the impact for Australia.
Working paper

Migration and skills for the low‑carbon transition

This paper aims to set out some of the key challenges around the labour and skills needs of the low-carbon transition, and explores opportunities where migrant workers can help meet gaps and support societies in their low-carbon transition. It aims to stimulate further debate by...
Report

Strengthening resilience: acting on climate change and health

The impact of climate change and health will eventuate over the next few decades and it is critical that the right people are brought together to plan and address it. This report outlines some options for policy-makers.
Report

Atmospheric carbon drawdown – a global imperative

Carbon sequestration is the general term used for the capture and long-term storage of carbon dioxide. This paper argues that a varied and tailored approach is likely to produce the most productive and the most resilient overall solution.
Strategy

Northern Territory renewable hydrogen strategy

The Northern Territory has embraced a target of net zero emissions by 2050 and hydrogen can play a central role in its realisation. This strategy articulates the potential hydrogen opportunities, the Territory’s competitive advantages and how the Territory can leverage these to be a centre...