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Dr Frauke Urban, University of London and Dr Johan Nordensvärd, University of Southampton, will discuss how low carbon development offers an alternative development model to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change in a carbon constrained world, focussing on the opportunities and challenges to fair and equitable human development within the limits of our planet. Hope to see you there and to hear your ideas in the discussion.
Melissa Vogt, IES PhD Candidate recently returned from a 4 season trip which included scholarly stays with the University of Havana and the University of California, Santa Cruz and fieldwork in Cuba and Costa Rica. The presentation will discuss the process of initiating and designing such a dynamic experience within a PhD program, carrying out fieldwork and some initial observations which will contribute to findings presented within the thesis on the coffee industry’s sustainability.
The new Royal Commission in South Australia into nuclear energy is a waste of time and money, says Dr Mark Diesendorf. We don’t need a long and expensive inquiry to see that the nuclear industry offers little potential for future growth in jobs or export income.
Read more to understand why the case to expand the nuclear industry stands neither on its life-cycle carbon dioxide emissions, nor increased safety, nor economy.
UNCCD Climate change and desertification Impulse Report is now available. The ‘Impulse report’ is a preparatory document for the Third Scientific Conference of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), to be held in Cancun Mexico this March 2015. Professor Graciela Metternicht has contributed to the preparation of this document that will assist and drive discussion of delegates in the science-policy interface. The Conference will focus on the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices for combating drought, land degradation and desertification for poverty reduction and sustainable development. READ MORE
A/Prof Mark Diesendorf begins his tour as Engineers Australia Eminent Speaker for 2015. More cities have been included to the series of public lectures on A Sustainable Energy Future for Australia, asking the question: if we replaced all the fossil fuelled power stations of the Australian National Electricity Market by commercially available renewable energy systems, how reliable would the renewable electricity supply system be? Mark believes that the results are encouraging for a renewable energy future, both in terms of reliability and economics.