Environmental impacts

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Coastal climate change impacts


Report

The Menindee Lakes Water Savings Project – an example of poor decision-making

This report finds that despite promises of significant water savings, the decision-making process for the Menindee Lakes project was poor practice and a poor example of effective governance. This profoundly affected the legitimacy and implementation of the project, particularly in relation to the local community...
Report

Green expectations: involving communities in landscape change

This report examines whether expected changes to land use and management will create a need for new policy and mechanisms to rebalance interests between different communities. The authors propose three changes that would reduce tensions within communities and make sure their benefits from altering land...
Policy

EPA climate change policy: draft for consultation

This draft policy document has been prepared to send a signal to regulated industries that the NSW EPA will be working with them to support and drive cost-effective decarbonisation, while implementing adaptation initiatives that build resilience to climate change risks.
Draft report

Climate change action plan 2022–25: draft for consultation

The NSW EPA is taking action to protect the environment and community from the impacts of climate change, and will work with industry, experts and the community. This draft plan has been released for public comment.
Report

The social and economic costs of environmental legal activism

This report has been prepared to argue that the Albanese Government’s proposed Climate Change Bill 2022 will expand the scope for green activists to challenge approvals for critical resource projects. It also outlines the potential economic consequences of such actions.
Briefing paper

Microplastics in biosolids - definitions and implications

The use of biosolids as agricultural fertilisers and soil treatments has provided economic benefit and reduced environmental burden across Australia. However, biosolid production and use has been identified as a major source of unintended microplastic dispersion into the environment.
Report

Deep-sea disaster: why Woodside's Barrup Hub project is too risky to proceed

The research in this report suggests that a spill or accident at Woodside’s Burrup Hub gas project could release toxic gas and condensate of a similar consistency to crude oil into World Heritage listed marine parks, with dangerous pollution reaching West Australian coastal communities, and...
Strategy

Gnangara groundwater allocation plan

This plan maps out actions to reduce groundwater use in Perth in response to climate change, and is based on extensive consultation, modelling and research. Reducing groundwater abstraction will have long-term benefits for water users and will help protect important wetlands and native bushland, making...
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...
Conference paper

A critical historical study: intersectoral conflict formation and maintenance between land-use, transport and environment

This study, pinpoints six ‘Critical Discursive Moments’, arriving at the recent past, examining how instruments, originally established to protect the environment facilitate extreme intersectoral conflict that constitutes a form of ‘symbolic violence’, through misrepresentation and misrecognition of environmental impacts.
Conference paper

Detour from the Great Ocean Road: spreading visitor load in the region

This paper argues that overtourism is posing a threat to the Great Ocean Road and the surrounding environment, impacting the region’s ecosystems, infrastructure, culture and the livelihoods of local communities.
Report

Environment Aotearoa 2022

This triennial report synthesises the evidence base on the state of the environment contained in domain reports since 'Environment Aotearoa 2019'. The report does not suggest any response, as it is out of scope under the report’s governing legislation.
Report

Zimbabwe's rugged artisanal and small-scale mining sector

This report explains artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in Zimbabwe and discusses the social and environmental impacts of this activity.
Working paper

Do climate policies explain the productivity puzzle? Evidence from the energy sector

Productivity growth in advanced economies has slowed. What accounts for it remains a puzzle. One possible explanation lies with the increased stringency of environmental regulations. The authors investigate this possibility in the case of the regulated energy network industries in a sample of OECD countries...
Report

Realising the potential of nature-based solutions for a transformative societal change

This document provides an overview of the current state of knowledge concerning nature-based solutions for enhancing social and environmental outcomes.
Briefing paper

Six reasons to stop* floodplain harvesting in NSW

The NSW Select Committee on Floodplain Harvesting is currently considering the future of how overland flow water in the NSW Murray Darling Basin will be managed and regulated. This briefing note highlights six clear reasons why floodplain harvesting should be limited to the legal volumetric...
Working paper

Incentive regulation, productivity growth and environmental effects: the case of electricity networks in Great Britain

This paper analyses the productivity growth of electricity transmission and distribution networks in Great Britain and how changes in incentive mechanisms have influenced the measured total factor productivity.
Report

Oil and gas exploration and production in the Beetaloo Basin: interim report

This interim report outlines the current findings from the Senate inquiry into oil and gas exploration and production in the Beetaloo Basin, with particular reference to the Industry Research and Development (Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program) Instrument 2021, which provides public money for oil and gas...
Report

A greener tax system: the people's verdict

The authors of this report argue that the UK government needs an overarching vision and plan for tackling the environmental crisis. While they supported greening the tax system, they strongly believe taxes should not be the only measure. A wider package that also includes regulation...
Report

Conserving nature: conservation reform issues paper

This paper investigates the New Zealand conservation system – the collection of laws, regulations, policies and institutions that are designed to conserve nature, and highlights current issues with its operation.
Report

Overseer whole-model review

The Overseer is a model that aims to estimate farm-scale nutrient flows. This document reviews the Overseer model. This is necessary to assess whether it can confidently be used as a decision support tool.
Strategy

Revitalising the Gulf

This document provides recommendations for how the New Zealand Government plans to improve the health of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
Report

Out of sight, out of mind: impacts of Japanese use of Australian coal

With collaboration between Japanese and Australian communities, progress is possible to reduce the damage caused by coal mining in Australia and coal consumption in Japan. The aim of this report is to support this collaboration.
Report

A just green recovery from COVID-19

The COVID-19 recovery window offers a rare opportunity to transform economies and accelerate the green transition. This paper examines green recovery measures through the lens of a 'just transition'. The authors highlight promising examples of just and green recovery measures in various countries, and suggest...