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Laurence Delina awarded PhD

15 June 2016

We congratulate IES PhD candidate Laurence L. Delina, who has been awarded his PhD for his thesis on the important topic ‘Rapid Climate Mitigation: The non-technical strategies’. Almost simultaneously his new book, Strategies for Rapid Climate Mitigation [Link title to: https://www.routledge.com/Strategies-for-Rapid-Climate-Mitigation-Wartime-mobilisation-as-a-model/Delina/p/book/9781138646230] has been published by Routledge. His research at IES is summarised here. Laurence is currently a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Long-Range Future, Boston University, USA.

Do we need base-load power stations?

17 March 2016

Base-load power stations, such as coal-fired and nuclear, operate 24/7, except when they break down. The conventional belief, that base-load power stations are essential in a large-scale electricity system, has been shown to be a myth by independent research groups in the USA, Europe and UNSW Australia, writes Mark Diesendorf.

Potential Opportunities for Postgraduate Research on Environmental Trust Project

Potential Opportunities for Postgraduate Research on Environmental Trust Project

10 December 2015

“Increasing landholder collaboration for landscape scale conservation” a 2- year research project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, to commence in February 2016. 

A Sustainable Energy Future for Australia

A Sustainable Energy Future for Australia

9 November 2015

A sustainable energy future for Australia is technically feasible and affordable. It could be based on energy efficiency, wind, solar, existing hydro and a small contribution from biofuels produced from agricultural residues. Educators have an important role in building public understanding that will help overcome the resistance to the transition by vested interests. This was the theme  of a keynote presentation by Dr Mark Diesendorf to the biennial environment conference of the Independent Education Union in Sydney. View Full

Hybrid Identities & the "Authentic" Moken!

Hybrid Identities & the "Authentic" Moken!

29 July 2015
The Moken and Moklen are an indigenous population residing along the Andaman coast of Thailand. Identification of Moken as being under threat transpired as a consequence of the 2004 Asian tsunami... However, rigid identity narratives contrast sharply to the contemporary realities... Daniel Robinson & Danielle Drozdzewski discuss in their latest paper - View Full Text
'We offer to brief you on climate science'

'We offer to brief you on climate science'

7 July 2015

Re-examining climate change evidence in Parliament is "unnecessary”say top Australian researchers in an open letter to Liberal Party sceptics.”We would welcome the opportunity to instead brief you and your colleagues on the latest science and answer any questions you may have," they said. Dr Mark Diesendorf is one of the 13 signatories to the letter of offer: You can read the letter here: PDF

Outstanding paper

Outstanding paper

6 July 2015

Professor Graciela Metternicht's paper 'Climate Change Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation Assessment: lessons from Latin America' published in International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management was selected by the journal's editorial team as the Outstanding Paper of 2014. The framework proposed in the paper can assist practitioners to deliver outputs from climate change vulnerability, impact and adaptation (VIA) assessments  that are holistic, and provide the most appropriate type of information required for effective,  context-specific adaptation responses. The paper is now available online : PDF

WIPO discusses traditional knowledge

WIPO discusses traditional knowledge

29 June 2015

The issue of genetic resources or traditional knowledge that are shared among different countries was discussed at a World Intellectual Property Organization (IPW, WIPO, 25 June 2015) seminar this week. Panellists presented national and regional efforts to protect such resources. Daniel Robinson, here at the  Institute of Environmental Studies,said he conducted a patent landscaping of 321 Australian native “economic plants” with known indigenous uses. Hundreds of patents and applications were identified, he said, many of which mentioned Australia, but only two mentioning “aboriginal knowledge.”  READ MORE in the Intellectual Property Watch publication

2014 IES Annual Report online

2014 IES Annual Report online

19 June 2015

The IES annual report for 2014 is now available online  PDF :  'High quality environmental education and applied research and teaching that responds to critical societal needs and influences policy  and decision making is essential to provide creative responses to the multi-faceted  environmental problems that Australia and the world face.'

South Australia: chance to go 100% renewable

South Australia: chance to go 100% renewable

15 June 2015

The South Australian electricity system could be operated entirely on scaled-up, commercially available, renewable energy sources. South Australia is facing the closure of its Northern and Playford B power stations and Leigh Creek coal mine. costing 438 jobs. But this threat to employment could be transformed into an opportunity for creating many new jobs in renewable energy. Read the story in The Conversation 

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