News

Earth Day 50th anniversary turns up heat on climate crisis

22 April 2020

With global carbon emissions set to fall in the short-term due to coronavirus lockdowns, our experts look to long-term action needed to tackle climate change on Earth Day 2020.

Blog

Thousands of city trees have been lost to development, when we need them more than ever

26 February 2020

Trees often feature prominently when talking about solutions, but our research shows trees are being lost to big developments – about 2,000 within a decade in inner Melbourne.

Past Projects

Reducing climate risks and greenhouse gas emissions by transforming human biosolids into biochar

2018–2020

We are working with RMIT scientists and engineers to help water utilities, the Environment Protection Authority and the Victorian Government reduce climate change risks and produce new resources.

Media

Climate action plans must include threats on research, warn academics

24 February 2020

Research is not immune from the effects of climate change warns a new paper, urging the higher education sector to adapt their climate action plans to include the threats on research.

Past Events

Climate Update 2020 – Melbourne

12 March 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM

Co-hosted by ANU and RMIT University, Climate Update Melbourne will present an overview of how our climate is changing, how it is impacting us, and how we need to respond.

Blog

Bushfire education is too abstract. We need to get children into the real world

22 January 2020

Children and young people have been deeply impacted by the current bushfire crisis. Schools have been destroyed and thousands of houses have burnt down.

Past Projects

Enhancing Networks for Resilience Stage Two

2017–2018

This project investigates the role that the Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership could play in supporting learning and networking for disaster preparedness.

Current Projects

Labour Nature Relations in Australia: Experiments in Collective Agency by Workers in the Climate Change Era

2019–2022

In an economic hegemony underwritten by the burning of fossil fuels – the fossil fuel regime – meeting the challenge of climate change will alter patterns of production and consumption and have far-reaching consequences for workers.

Past Projects

The Adani Controversy: Contesting coal and climate change through scale

2017–2019

We conducted an intensive analysis of over 3000 news media reports, complemented by interviews with key stakeholders from the environmental movement, to explore representations of the Adani controversy

Current Projects

Green Job Guarantee Policy Development

2019–2020

Working with the Australian Unemployed Workers' Union, we are exploring the possibilities of a Green Job Guarantee in the Australian context.

Blog

Blue carbon is not the silver bullet the Coalition wants it to be

18 December 2019

The only Australian achievement on display at last week’s COP25 conference was “blue carbon”, paraded in three minor side events on including carbon stored in coastal ecosystems in national carbon reporting.

Past Projects

Research and Advice on Sector-Based and Cross-Sector Climate Change Adaptation

2018–2019

The Victorian Government Climate Change Act 2017 has identified seven sectors (or ‘systems’) that are impacted by or have an important influence on the State’s capacity to adapt to climate change.

Past Projects

How Well Are We Adapting

2017–2020

A climate change adaptation monitoring, evaluation and reporting tool, designed with and for Victorian local governments.

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Current Projects

Enhancing urban resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters: Honiara

2019 (ongoing)

The overarching aim of this project is to enhance the resilience of the city and its inhabitants to current and future climate impacts and natural disasters.

Past Projects

Policy@RMIT

2017–2020

Policy@RMIT (P@R) aims to study and enable collaborations between researchers and policy practitioners in co-producing research that supports evidence-informed policy in addressing major policy and societal issues.

Past Projects

State-wide strategic framework to support Victoria’s regions to adapt to climate change

2018–2019

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) sought independent expert advice to co-design a long-term state-wide strategic framework to support Victoria’s regions to adapt to climate change.

Current Projects

The Climate Change Exchange

2019 (ongoing)

The Climate Change Exchange is a project that is establishing a collaborative climate change research-practice network to meet the knowledge sharing, capacity building, and research needs of various government and policy stakeholders.

Past Events

The biopolitics of Indigenous adaptive capacity in Australia’s changing climate

17 October 2019, 12:30PM-2:00PM

Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are widely viewed as particularly vulnerable, but also particularly resilient, in the face of the impacts of climate change.

News

Can apocalyptic games prepare us for future sustainability threats?

10 October 2019

What can playing apocalyptic games teach us about climate change or energy security? Urban resilience expert Dr Anthony Richardson explores how games can tackle future challenges at the global gaming festival PAX in Melbourne.

News

Six emotions shared by young people living with climate change

19 September 2019

Today, thousands of Australian students will protest government inaction on climate change. Sustainability expert Dr Blanche Verlie explains how climate change is emotionally impacting young people.