Latest news & events from the Griffith Climate Change Response Program
NEW BLOG POST - PRIMARY FORESTS: A PRIORITY NATURE-BASED SOLUTION
We are quickly running out of time on climate change and biodiversity. It is critical that we prioritise the most useful nature-based solutions: protecting the planet’s remaining primary forests and intact forest landscapes.
Read more from the International Union for Conservation of Nature blog post, which includes Cyril Mackey, Brendan Mackey and Virginia Young who are working on the Primary Forests projects.
TROPICAL FORESTS AND MITIGATION - NEW PUBLICATION
A new scientific publication - Understanding the importance of primary tropical forest protection as a mitigation strategy - produced as part of research under the GCCRP-led project - Protection of Primary Forests and Climate Change - has been published. The paper has four parts: 1 - Examining the mitigation value of tropical primary forests; 2- Evaluating the current focus of forest-based mitigation strategies; 3- Examining the issue of emissions from degradation and selective logging impacts; and 4 - Comparing the carbon stocks of primary forests and production forests. The paper concludes with recommendations for a global mitigation strategy.
GREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE
Prof Brendan Mackey, GCCRP Director, recently led an online forum on the topic 'Toward a Great Ethics Transition' for the Great Transition Initiative founded by Paul Raskin. Brendan was a member of the core drafting team for the Earth Charter which was launched at the Hague Peace Palace in 2000. His initial commentary piece, the curated set of interventions, and his final response, can be read here .....
ACADEMIC RECOGNISED FOR CONTRIBUTION TO SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Griffith University’s Professor Susanne Becken has been recognized for her contribution to sustainable tourism with two prestigious awards - the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) Ulysses Prize, as well as Tourism Recreation Research’s Best Article of the Year 2019 award. The UNWTO Ulysses Prize is awarded annually to a distinguished scholar for outstanding contributions to innovation and knowledge in tourism, while the Best Article of the Year award has been given to Professor Becken for her piece, Decarbonising tourism: mission impossible?
CHERRYPICKING HARM TO CLIMATE DEBATE
Debate on climate science, climate change and extreme fire events is being fuelled by commentators cherrypicking the science, creating doubt in the readers’ and viewers’ minds as to what is really going on, and undermining public support for climate-related policies and actions. Cherrypicking involves selecting fragments of scientific information and using these to support a predetermined point of view. This can involve selecting text from publications as well as misquoting or quoting scientists out of context.
Professor Mackey elaborated upon cherrypicking and science in an article which appeared in the Gold Coast Bulletin on 21 December 2019.
GRIFFITH EXPERTS WRAP UP KEY CLIMATE CONFERENCE
A team of Griffith delegates including climate, business and social scientists recently presented their findings and liaised with world leaders and organisations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention of Parties 25th meeting (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. The contingent included Dr Johanna Nalau, ARC DECRA Fellow from the Cities Research Institute; Dr Rob Hales (Griffith Business School and Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise); Dr Samid Suliman (School of Humanities, Language and Social Science and Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research); Dr Tim Cadman (Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law); and Virginia Young (who is assisting Griffith research projects).
GRIFFITH’S COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SHINES IN HIGH PROFILE FILM
Griffith’s commitment to understanding and addressing the complexity of climate change has seen the university highlighted in a featurette produced by one of the world’s most iconic broadcasters and a major higher education organisation.
UK broadcaster BBC through their production arm StoryWorks and the International Association of Universities selected Griffith as one of the case studies for a series of global short film stories called Aiming Higher, which featured universities that promoted values and had a positive impact on societies.
The short film, Making Waves, highlighted Griffith’s EcoAdapt project and the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management as multidisciplinary teams that unite research with learning and teaching to address the impacts of climate change in coastal cities like the Gold Coast to small island nations in the Pacific.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE GOLD COAST WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2040?
Mapped GC 2040 is a documentary made by a local film-maker about climate change impacts on the Gold Coast. The film is screening at the HOTA on Tuesday 10 December 2019.
CONFERENCE CALLS FOR AVOIDING CARBON EMISSIONS THROUGH IMPROVED FOREST PROTECTION
On 20-21 November 2019 the Conference on Wilderness and Old-growth/Primary Forest in Europe was held in in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Conference was organised by Wild Europe and supported by the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS). Wild Europe and FZS are partners on the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change project, which is led by Griffith University.