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Australia is counting on cooking the books to meet its climate targets

A new OECD report has warned that Australia risks falling short of its 2030 emissions target unless it implements “a major effort to move to a low-carbon model”.

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Inactive Aussie kids en route to becoming a backseat generation

Australian kids are at risk of becoming a backseat generation with more than a third of primary schoolchildren not walking or riding to school despite living nearby, new research shows.

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Labor’s housing pledge is welcome, but direct investment in social housing would improve it

Despite recent falls in the housing market, housing costs and indebtedness bite deeply into household budgets, especially at Christmas time.

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The small patch of bush over your back fence might be key to a species’ survival

It may not look like a pristine expanse of Amazon rainforest or an African savannah, but the patch of bush at the end of the street could be one of the only places on the planet that harbour a particular species of endangered animal or plant.

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Small habitats crucial to species survival: study

Local patches of bushland play a much bigger role in conserving biodiversity and supporting the survival of endangered species than previously thought, according to new research.

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Brisbane’s public transport access worst in the country: report

A new report measuring Brisbane’s liveability progress has found its residents have the worst access to public transport in Australia.

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RMIT urban research wins at Victorian planning awards

RMIT urban academics and students have been recognised at the Awards for Planning Excellence – Victoria for their leadership in planning.

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How can high-density living house Victoria’s growing population?

As our state’s numbers grow, we need plan how we accommodate every person. Here, our experts provide their insights on the critical challenges facing Melbourne’s housing needs.

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Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it

Australia needs to triple its small stock of social housing over the next 20 years to cover both the existing backlog and newly emerging need.

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Social housing in Australia must triple to meet demand: report

Australia needs to triple the amount of social housing built over the next 20 years if it is to meet future demands, a new study has found.

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How can we manage congestion on Victoria’s roads?

Congestion is a key issue affecting Victoria’s transport sector. Here, our experts provide their insights on how we can better manage our roads.

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How can we make Victoria more walkable and bike-friendly?

The benefits of cycling and walking are many and well-known. Here, our experts provide their insights on how to get Victorians moving.

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How can we make Victoria more liveable?

Melbourne’s growing population is as topical as ever. Here, our experts provide their insights on the critical challenges that affect the liveability of Victorians.

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Nine things to make Melbourne even better

Here our experts share everything you need to know about how policymakers can make Melbourne more liveable, improve our liveability, reduce commuter crushes and increase housing affordability.

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Here’s how to design cities where people and nature can both flourish

Aside from benefits for people, cities are often hotspots for threatened species and are justifiable locations for serious investment in nature conservation for its own sake.

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Working out what makes a good community where young children can thrive

The international research is clear. Stimulating and positive environments early in life provide optimal foundations for children’s ongoing development into adulthood. This in turn makes a difference to the productivity of society at large.

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One reason people install smart home tech is to show off to their friends

Ever wondered what all the fuss is about when it comes to smart homes? You’re not alone.

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When falling home ownership and ageing baby boomers collide

Until now, the majority of older people in Australia have achieved the goal of owning their own home outright. Hence, policymakers have typically shown little concern about the size and budget costs of rental housing assistance programs for seniors.

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Business as usual? The Sustainable Development Goals apply to Australian cities too

We are still settling Australian cities on unceded Aboriginal lands. With the global agreement on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, development has finally come home to the developed world.

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Melbourne or Sydney? This is how our two biggest cities compare for liveability

The question of which city is the most liveable is an annual hot topic. Competition is fierce, especially between Melbourne and Sydney.

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How liveable is Melbourne really? New report settles the score

A new report measuring Melbourne’s liveability progress calls for a redistribution of employment across the city to reduce commute times, ease traffic congestion and encourage more physical activity.

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RMIT research inspires community gardening for wildlife state-wide

The new community initiative Gardens for Wildlife, based on RMIT research, will serve as a role-model across Victoria to encourage gardening to support local wildlife.

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Researchers inviting participants for transport project

A team of researchers at RMIT University (led by Professor Robin Goodman; and including by Dr Elizabeth Taylor and Dr Annette Kroen) are seeking interview participants for the project “Early delivery of equitable and healthy transport options in new suburbs: Critical reform and tools”.

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Tokyo’s heatwave suggests risky temperatures for the 2020 Olympics. Here’s what the city can do

The Northern Hemisphere is currently suffering an unprecedented heatwave. In Japan, more than 100 people have died and tens of thousands more are in hospital due to heat-related illness.

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