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THE CONVERSATION: Australia’s choice: keep hiking taxes, or grapple with our spending on health and the aged
More than a decade ago the federal treasury produced the first Intergenerational Report (IGR), warning of the challenges facing the Australian economy due to demographic change.
The 2013-2014 Federal budget includes billions of dollars allocated to transport, including a new Melbourne rail tunnel. At the same time the Victorian State government has plans for a different tunnel linking the city’s highways.
The CCIF fund supports research collaboration and partnership activities that will advance the Carlton Connect Agenda, which seeks to achieve very high levels of impact on the most challenging problems facing the sustainability of our society.
Deadline: 27 May 2013
The dramatic fall in Europe’s carbon price in April led to claims emissions trading had failed as a model for addressing climate change. While the low EU price is problematic for the EU and Australia (by virtue of our linkage with the EU), carbon pricing is still the most efficient tool to address climate change at the scale required.
In his new book, The Democratic Plan: Analysis and Diagnosis, Dr Alan March examines the Victorian planning system over the last 15 years and considers its prospects for the future.
Dr Alan March, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, and an Associate of MSSI
Dr Gyorgy Scrinis, Lecturer from the Office for Environmental Programs at the Melbourne School of Land and Environment presents his book: Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice.
Click here for the synopisis of the book.
Australia spends more than $130 billion each year on health, approximately 9.2% of our GDP. The outcome of this and other investments is that our life expectancy puts us very high on the global “league table”.
Defence behemoth Lockheed Martin’s recent announcement of a venture into deep sea mining reflects growing interest in exploiting virgin mining territory. In what is being described by some as a “deep sea mining bonanza”, the British arm of the US defence firm hopes to exploit rare earth minerals from the seabeds between Mexico and Hawaii.
A recent agreement between Australia and China to cooperate on climate change could be a tipping point that makes the Coalition’s pledge to repeal the carbon price unachievable. Under the agreement, Australia and China will establish a carbon trading experts group and conduct joint research as China moves towards its own national emissions trading scheme after 2015.
As the probability and risks of runaway climate change continue to grow, so too does the urgency of a swift transition to a just and resilient post-carbon future.
Let’s be honest: the relationship between renewable energy and the electricity market is complex. So what does the latest report from Australian energy research firm RepuTex tell us?
Well, for a start, coal-fired power has reached a ten-year low.
Professor Richard Sinnott from the Melbourne eResearch group is the technical architect of the AURIN project. He spoke with Annie Rahilly about the challenges of collecting an array of distributed information that can have wide-reaching impact on research into urban settlements.
For most of us, watching stormwater gurgle down the drain is a sad waste, but it also does a lot of damage to the environment when a deluge floods local waterways. So researchers are trying to put stormwater to good use before it leaves the city – using vegetable raingardens.
Daylight hours are dwindling and our first month of autumn is ending. But in many places, March felt a lot like summer. Get used to it: looking ahead, all indications are that future summers could be just like this one, or more extreme.
When it comes to climate change, temperature is only part of the story. Climate gases released by human activity are dissolving into the oceans, and the increased levels of CO₂ are making the waters more acid. This process threatens marine life from coral reefs to fragile polar ecosystems. It seems likely that the polar oceans will be the first to feel the full force of ocean acidification. These cold seas may provide an important lesson for Australia’s warmer waters.
Earlier this month, Victorians woke to the news that they had a new premier: Dennis Napthine, member for the South-West Coast District, would take over from Ted Baillieu to lead the state. As climate change and energy law researchers, the first question on our lips was, will Premier Napthine repeal the highly restrictive wind farm planning rules introduced under Baillieu in 2011?
The University of Melbourne is leading research that is shedding new light on adolescents, and in particular, the health of future generations.
In terms of human history, adolesence is a relatively new concept. Though written about by authors in the ancient world, it really only emerged in common usage during the 20th century.
THE CONVERSATION: Brendan Gleeson: Urban sprawl isn’t to blame: unsustainable cities are the product of growth fetish
The idea that outer suburbs are inherently less sustainable than inner ones doesn't bear scrutiny. The key question is not where we accommodate growth; it's our slavish pursuit of growth itself.