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RMIT’s urban research centre launch new transport community group

The Victorian State Government has committed to a number of major infrastructure projects for the state, but what’s the plan for Melbourne transport and how do these projects fit in?

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The solution to Australia’s gas crisis is not more gas

Concern about higher and more volatile gas prices in southern and eastern Australia is spreading.

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Commuters help regions tap into city-driven growth

Long-distance commuting may help promote the development of regional cities by boosting local populations, skills and income.

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Let’s talk about the family home … and its exemption from the pension means test

As the population ages and the government’s fiscal problems grow, there’s increasing policy interest in tapping into older people’s accumulated housing wealth to support retirement.

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It’s not all in your head

New study explores new ways of describing the connection between people and planet.

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Planning to help our natural landscapes adapt to climate change

Climate projections for Australia tell us that children born since the millennium can expect anything from 1.7oC to 5.1oC degrees of warming in their lifetimes.

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RMIT hosts the first Ethical Cities Event Series in Barcelona

RMIT is setting the agenda on what it means to live in environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable cities through a series of workshops, symposiums, talks and forums in Barcelona.

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Election 2016: what will a re-elected Coalition government mean for key policy areas?

The Conversation’s experts respond to what the Coalition’s agenda will mean for key policy areas.

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Darebin Climate Forum 15 June 2016

In Darebin, for World Environment Day 2016, a panel of prominent climate change experts discussed the current climate situation, why we should be taking action, and what local governments, other levels of government and individuals can do to address climate change.

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Urban researcher awarded prestigious scholarship for environmental justice research

RMIT urban researcher Lisa de Kleyn secures a coveted Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Scholarship (VEAC) for her research on environmental justice and native forests.

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The Pears Report: Basslink blues, abatement buy-in

Is a second Basslink cable the best solution for Tasmania? And with the UN now trading carbon offsets, how can you become a voluntary abater? Alan Pears reviews the options.

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‘The urban’: a concept under stress in an interconnected world

Are humans now an “urban species”? Do we now live in an “Urban Age”?

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What’s the key to home ownership for Gen Y?

Growing concerns about their home ownership prospects have prompted those in Generation Y to become increasingly vocal about the difficulties of achieving home ownership.

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New book explores the rise of green spirited citizenship

A new book edited and authored by RMIT urban experts examines the rise of the “sustainability citizens” movement and how it’s inspiring a new perception of citizenship for the better.

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Lessons from APEC’s Low Carbon Model Towns Project

The APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) project on Low Carbon Model Towns, led by APEC’s Tokyo-based Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) has run since 2011.

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In the world’s biggest city, the past offers lessons for surviving the future

A major campaign, “Cool Japan”, is underway to promote the nation as a “cultural superpower”. As part of a resurgence of interest in the Edo era (the name for Tokyo between 1603-1868), we want to suggest that “Edo Japan is Cool!”

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Our cities will stop working without a decent national housing policy

We have to move the housing conversation beyond a game of political football about negative-gearing winners and losers. Australia needs a bipartisan, long-term, housing policy.

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The hidden energy cost of smart homes

Light globes that change colour with the tap of an app, coffee machines you can talk to, and ovens that know exactly how long to cook your food: our homes are getting smart

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Are regional commuters getting sick of the daily travel grind?

CUR PhD student Todd Denham is investigating changing commuter trends for people travelling from regional Victoria to Melbourne for work.

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Expert comment on Victoria’s zero emissions target

RMIT University’s Alan Pears AM is available to comment on the Victorian State Government’s plan to work towards a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Rockefeller Foundation elevates Melbourne’s commitment to resilience

Melbourne’s new resilience project is helping local government frame conversations about resilience beyond emergency management to social and urban vulnerability, according to an RMIT study.

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World Environment Day in a shifting ‘environment’

What does World Environment Day mean in a world in which we are no longer sure what ‘environment’ means?

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Meet Stephen Flood: expert in climate adaption

Recently, Stephen Flood Post Doctoral Fellow at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Director of Research and Pacific Projects at SmartEarth Ireland, visited the Centre for Urban Research to discuss his working paper on the legal issues affecting coastal retreat as an effective response to sea level rise.

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Has the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge benefited Melbourne?

The selection of Melbourne to participate in the international 100 Resilient Cities program sponsored by the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation generated a mix of hopes, expectations and concerns.

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