From the innovations and ethical dilemmas of synthetic biology, to the options for appropriate international adaptation to climate change, Frontiers 2018/19 explores the emerging environmental issues facing the planet.
Published in time for the Fourth United Nations Environmental Assembly, UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) calls on decision makers to take immediate action to address pressing environmental issues to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such...
The primary aim of this project was to determine how online distribution is changing the environment for operating a creative micro-enterprise, and with it, the larger relationship between public and private spheres. A key research question was - what are the ‘self-making’ skills required to...
The drivers of land-use decisions are complex, and models provide a structured methodology for investigating these. For the public and private sectors to make robust land-use decisions under uncertainty, high-quality modelling tools and data are essential.
This explainer provides an overview of the circular economy concept, what it looks like and why it’s being talked about. It also discusses recent research and developments in the circular economy space, and some of the challenges that may arise in its implementation.
This report uses detailed research, satellite imagery, drone photography and trade data, to show that tropical timber across the Solomon Islands is being harvested on an unsustainable scale, and that much of the activity driving this environmental destruction is at high risk of being illegal....
There is a consensus about the strategic importance of cities and urban areas for achieving a global transformation towards sustainability. While there is mounting interest in the types of qualities that increase the capacity of urban systems to attain deep transformations, empirical evidence about the...
Well-planned dams can bring considerable economic benefits and improve water, food and energy security. They can also have the opposite effect if they are poorly planned or maintained.
To make cities better for people and the planet, the approach must become more systemic and pragmatic, and include the global south.
More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas, and both the proportion and numbers continue to grow. In...
Transportation infrastructure is a significant component of the landscape. The original social network, it connects us to families and friends, jobs and businesses, education and recreation, and is a vital part of the public realm. However, conventional, car-centric approaches to transportation have contributed to negative...
The aim of the Fresh Water Literacies Project was to build on primary aged students' understanding of the importance and finite availability of natural resources.
Limited literature exists on how insurance companies incorporate a focus on environmental sustainability into their core business strategy and practices. The article is intended to contribute to the implementation of corporate sustainability practices by presenting a framework or blueprint for insurance companies to follow which...
Future Street was a public activation, demonstrating the design concepts and technology for our future public spaces. Transforming a prominent Sydney street and reclaiming it for the people of the city, Future Street sparked ideas about how these spaces could be different and what that...
This report shows that, in some areas, soil and biodiversity are being seriously compromised by human actions. The evidence in the report highlights that the way land is used is contributing directly to erosion, and soil and water degradation, and is reducing the health and...
The Minister of Fisheries has publically released this report and recommendations from the Marlborough Sounds Salmon Farm Relocation Advisory Panel for the relocation of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.
This draft strategy document describes the vision, shared goals and objectives in managing nature in both urban and non-urban settings, and sets a framework for government, non-government and community action to care for nature in all our many environments.
This book explores creative interdisciplinary and potentially transformative solutions to the current stalemate in contemporary water policy design.
Dr Andi Horvath meets Dr Seona Candy – an academic at Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and an expert in the importance of urban green areas. As the EcoCity World Summit comes to Melbourne, Dr Candy says our focus on building...