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.
Climate change in the news
- Former emergency chiefs: Government inaction on climate change undermines new disaster agency - 5 May, Mirage
- VIC releases game-changing Climate Change Strategy - 4 May, Energy
- Climate change: Amazon may be turning from friend to foe - 30 April, Phys Org
- Without the right financial strategies, NZ’s climate change efforts will remain unfinished business - 28 April, The Conversation
- ACSI launches new climate change policy - 26 April, Financial Standard
- More reasons for optimism on climate change than we’ve seen for decades: 2 climate experts explain - 26 April, The Conversation
- Banks could dump climate-change exposed clients, regulator says - 22 April, SMH
- Climate change: UK to speed up target to cut carbon emissions - 20 April, BBC
- Google Earth adds time-lapse video to depict climate change - 15 April, Aldergrove Star
- Lemurs and giant tortoises among species at risk if global heating hits 3C - 9 April, The Guardian
- How is Climate Change Impacting Our Health? - 9 April, Medical.net
- Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate - 9 April, EHN
- A third of Antarctic ice shelves risk collapsing due to climate change - 8 April, New Scientist
- Study: Global warming could cut 63 countries' credit ratings - 6 April, World Economic Forum
- Demand soars for carbon offset services as Australian businesses take lead on climate change - 4 April, ABC
- Climate change cut global farming productivity 21% since 1960s - 1 April, ScienceDaily
Research in focus
The Bushfire Recovery Project is a collaboration between The Australian National University, Griffith Climate Change Response Program and the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative. The project website was launched on 9 December 2020 and provides a science informed response to bushfires based on scientific research findings, information and data.
QUEENSLAND CLIMATE READY PROGRAM
An innovative partnership between Griffith University and the Queensland Government, which has been successful in enabling several Queensland Government departments to prepare for current and future climate risks and opportunities. The Queensland Climate Ready Program is an excellent example of a novel climate action partnership that can help achieve collective impact on climate change.
LAUNCH OF THE CLIMATE ACTION BEACON
The Griffith Climate Action Beacon formally commenced operations from 1 January 2021. The Climate Action Beacon will harness expertise from within the University and its partners to work on enduring solutions for climate change. Professor Brendan Mackey is the Director of the Climate Action Beacon. “What’s really exciting is that Griffith University is taking a step beyond research into practice, to work with communities on practical climate action projects and solutions", said Professor Mackey. The new focus on practice is accompanied by strong interdisciplinary research in three key themes - 1) Motivating climate action, 2) Future climate transitions, and 3) Climate Justice. Theme leaders and researchers met often and regularly throughout 2020 in setting up the Beacon.
IPCC MEETING IN FARO, PORTUGAL
From 26 January - 1 February 2020 experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met in Faro, Portugal to advance preparations for the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). This was the third lead author meeting for this report, bringing together around 260 experts from more than 60 countries. Prof Brendan Mackey and Dr Esther Onyango of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program participated in the meeting. The event was hosted by the Government of Portugal and the University of the Algarve.
UTS BIG THINKING FORUM
On 9 July 2019, Professor Brendan Mackey, Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, presented at the UTS Big Thinking Forum: Saving the Climate. The event brought together leading thinkers from industry, government and academia for an inspiring yet urgent discussion about the ambitious journey in front of us towards a safe and prosperous planet – and what solving climate change in one generation means for our everyday lives.
GCCRP AND QLD GOVERNMENT SYMPOSIUM
On 5 June 2019 Griffith University organised in partnership with the Qld Department of Environment & Science, the Knowledge Sharing Symposium: Subnational Climate Action in Asia-Pacific, at the State Library of Qld. The format of the event personalised climate change and provided a platform for people to talk about how climate change is impacting their professional and personal lives, how climate change is intertwined with the other pressures on their lives, and how they are responding. The event was one of a number of events across Climate Week Qld.