Generating integrated climate change research
The Griffith Climate Change Response Program leads Griffith University’s research into climate change adaptation and mitigation. As climate change issues cut across many fields of study our research projects are transdisciplinary. The program brings together the wealth of Griffith research expertise from across the University, enabling climate change problems to be addressed in a comprehensive manner and often in conjunction with our international partners.
Research in focus - supporting climate change information management in the Pacific
Pacific islands are among the most vulnerable nations in the world to the adverse impacts of climate change. The Griffith Climate Change Response Program, Pacific iCLIM project, is working with locals to improve climate change resilience and adaptation planning in the Pacific.
Climate change in the news
- Getting to know the microbes that drive climate change - 16 July, ScienceDaily
- UK politicians 'failing to rise to the challenge of climate change' - 16 July, The Guardian
- Climate change to worsen urban air quality, lifting death toll - 16 July, SMH
- Heatwave sees record high temperatures around world this week - 14 July, The Guardian
- Climate change is biggest risk to World Heritage sites – former UNESCO chief - 13 July, Decanter
- Flooding in Thai cave reflects climate change as wet season gets wetter - 12 July, SMH
- Climate change good news for underwater farming fish, study finds - 13 July, ABC
- Europe’s Banks Move to Greener Finance in Response to Climate Change Risks - 12 July, Insurance Journal
- Combatting climate change could create 24 million jobs by 2030 - 12 July, Asian Correspondent
The Griffith Climate Change Response Program was a sponsor of the Narratives of Climate Change Symposium which was held at the University of Newcastle on 5 & 6 July 2018. The symposium was an interdisciplinary collaboration inspired by the possibility that the gap between scientific knowledge and effective political, legal and social action can be bridged by alternative forms of narrative, incorporated into and developed by artistic creations, works of fiction, social and other media, performances of all types including theatrical, activist and absurdist, visionary planning and innovative litigation such as the Children’s Trust lawsuits.
Dr Esther Onyango (in photo) presented at the Symposium as did Prof Brendan Mackey of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program.
Alongside members and Directors from the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, Centre for Environment and Population Health, Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Development in Indonesia, Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith International, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Cities Research Institute, the Griffith Business School and Griffith University Indonesian students, guests at the event included those from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Australia-Indonesia Business Council and the Queensland Department of Environment & Heritage Protection.
In March 2018 Sam Mackay (Program Manager, Griffith Climate Change Response Program) and Madeleine McGann (iCLIM Project Officer) participated in a workshop about the importance of climate change information and knowledge management and its critical role in adaptation planning and resilience planning with delegates from the Government of Papua New Guinea. Hosted by the Office of Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), the workshop saw participants agree on priority actions for establishing a strategic framework and work plan for the CCDA, as the lead government climate change agency.