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Environment

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Natural environment
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Policy report

Passing the net zero test: how to achieve policy coherence on climate change

Net zero is a huge national mission in the United Kingdom that will require policies from the whole-of-government to pull in the same direction. This report, which draws on a roundtable held in February 2022, explores how that objective might be achieved.
Report

State of the global climate 2021

This WMO flagship report reveals that greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification all set new records in 2021. This is yet another clear sign that human activities are causing planetary scale changes on land, in the ocean and in in...
Working paper

Fight fire with finance: a randomized field experiment to curtail land-clearing fire in Indonesia

This paper presents a randomised evaluation of collective pay-for-performance payments for ecosystem services. The authors test whether community-level fiscal incentives can curtail the use of land clearing fire, a major source of emissions and negative health externalities, in a critical low regulation setting. The program...
Report

Preparing for take off: speeding up the switch to sustainable aviation fuel

In this report, the authors consider policies related to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), including the types of alternative fuel available and the consequences of different levels of uptake. They also provide recommendations on how best to employ them to reduce aviation emissions.
Conference proceedings

City nature and environment: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Australasian cities are hotspots where increased urbanisation and nature collide, hotspots for threatened biodiversity and degradation. Papers in this track provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to learn from each other, as well as position and present Australasian research on city and nature with...
Report

Greening libraries report

This report aims to highlight examples of best practice and inform the creation of a toolkit for libraries to help them support environmental action, further the greening libraries movement, as well as exemplify sustainability practices that are consistent with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Discussion paper

COP29 in Australia: how hosting an international climate conference could revive Australia’s regional and global reputation

Australia has a chequered history in global climate negotiations. This paper argues that hosting COP29 would provide numerous economic, regional and diplomatic benefits to Australia. It may also demonstrate that the Australian government has turned a leaf on its diplomatic engagement.
Conference paper

Key ecological factors of Urban Green Space (UGS) planning for sustainable cities

In this study most affecting factors for ecological sustainability of the cities that can be achieved by Urban Green Space (UGS) planning and design will be discussed, and the most important and key factors will be presented based on international survey drown by international UGS...
Conference paper

Low carbon urban future: how to implement transformative capacities for planning regulations

This article reviews the current literature on sustainability transitions and low-carbon practices to discover how to implement them in planning regulations.
Conference paper

Increasing resilience to climate change in the Western Sydney region: an analysis of local council strategies for climate, health, and wellbeing

This research aims to identify how the eight councils have addressed climate risk and resilience, and to determine the barrier and enablers to planning, implementing, and evaluating related strategies across the Western Sydney region.
Conference paper

Centring, rather than connecting with, nature

This paper argues that the ‘living with nature’ movement and technocratic responses, such as Nature-based Solutions, are ideological fantasies of curation. Instead, this paper maintains that ecosystems must become the frames and bases for decision-making.
Conference paper

Veggies in verges: a policy inventory for footpath food gardens across Greater Sydney

This case study examines attitudes of councils towards verge gardening in Greater Sydney. The research questions include: What are council attitudes towards edible plants in verge gardening? Are the policy approaches cautious and risk averse or explicitly aiming to reduce barriers?
Conference paper

Thinking musically about garden design for a more immersive experience

This paper introduces the idea of ‘composing’ the soundscape of a space through a musical process. With a focus on aural experience in gardens, the project is establishing what types, combinations and intensities of sounds offer interest and distraction and capture unconscious and conscious attention.
Conference paper

Climate justice in practice: addressing social inequity and climate resilience through place-based capacity building with community service organisations and local governments

This paper outlines a place-based approach to enabling climate adaptation and resilience across community service organisations (CSOs) and local governments in Melbourne particularly in areas experiencing socio-ecological disadvantage.
Conference paper

Resilience success of community-led and governed green infrastructure in Australia

This paper explores a series of case studies that illustrate community governance models that started with a community led vision for complex green infrastructure projects.
Conference paper

“On private land we’re fighting a losing battle”: local government officer perspectives on urban forest management in the private realm

This paper reports on a survey of local government urban forest professionals across Australia conducted in July 2020. Focusing on qualitative data from Likert scale and open-ended questions the authors interrogate the barriers and potential enablers to improved urban forest management on private land.
Discussion paper

An environmental fig leaf? Restoring integrity to the Emissions Reduction Fund

Emissions have increased under Australia’s only climate policy, the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The authors of this paper argue that the ERF requires a comprehensive and independent review to assess its integrity and, most importantly, its role in helping Australia meet its climate targets.
Report

Uninsurable nation: Australia's most climate-vulnerable places

This report outlines the top 20 most at-risk federal electorates to climate change-related extreme weather events, providing a brief profile of the top 10. The report also outlines the most at risk electorates for each state and territory.
Conference paper

On edge: multi-benefit, nature-based climate adaptation for towns on the Great Ocean Road

This paper reports the results of a 2021 Monash University collaborative Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning and Design Studio, where students speculated on ways to address climate change adaptation in the small coastal towns Skenes Creek, Apollo Bay and Marengo on the...
Conference paper

Unpacking representations of ‘the environment’ in local government environmental discourses

This research explores environmental discourses of local councils situated in the Merri Creek catchment in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, a settler-colonial country.