Latest news & events from the Griffith Climate Change Response Program
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.
ECOSUMMIT 2020 - ABSTRACTS OPEN UNTIL 6 DECEMBER
The 6th International EcoSummit Congress - EcoSummit 2020 – Building a sustainable and desirable future: Adapting to a changing land and sea-scape, will take place at The Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Australia, from 21st – 25th June 2020.
This Summit series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, as a forum for scientists, practitioners, and policy-makers working across disciplines to solve the integrated environmental, social, and economic problems facing the world today. Since 1996, EcoSummits have occurred around the world (Canada, China, USA and Europe), with EcoSummit 2016 hosting 1400 participants from 87 countries.
The EcoSummit 2020 is organised by Elsevier, supported by Tourism & Events Queensland and sponsored by Griffith University.
The organisers have had a fantastic response to our Call for Abstracts but following requests for extra time, the deadline for both oral and poster submissions has been extended until 6 December 2019. Visit the EcoSumitt website for further information.
SLIDES AVAILABLE - NATIVE FORESTS, CARBON AND CLIMATE CHANGE
On 12 November 2019, Prof Brendan Mackey, Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, presented at a community event hosted by the Conservation Council of WA - Environment Matters: How can WA's Native Forest help solve climate change? Prof Mackey explained the benefits of keeping our native forests standing and their role in carbon storage and climate mitigation.
NEW PUBLICATION - INFORMATION PRAXIS FOR ADAPTATION PLANNING AND DECISIONS IN THE PACIFIC
A new report on the use of climate change information for adaptation planning and decision making in the Pacific region has been published as part of the Pacific iCLIM project.
The project is implemented by the Griffith Climate Change Response Program in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to enhance SPREP's role as a regional leader in climate change information and knowledge management.
25TH AUSTRALIA FIJI BUSINESS FORUM
On 17 and 18 October 2019 the Australia Fiji Business Council and the Fiji Australia Business Council Fiji hosted the 25th Australia Fiji Business Forum in Brisbane. The Forum theme was “Australia and Fiji: Business Partners Across Three Centuries”. Prof Brendan Mackey, Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, presented at the Forum - 'Managing climate risks: an end to business as usual'.
INVITE - 4TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Abstracts and registration are now open for the 4th International Symposium of Public Health being held from 29 - 30 October at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, Queensland. Conference themes - Contemporary public health challenges; Populations, settings, and issues; Innovative strategies to promote health; Sustainable and healthy urban living; and Multi-stakeholder partnership to strengthen the health system. Professor Brendan Mackey will be presenting a keynote at the symposium - 'Meeting the climate change health challenge'
INVITE TO PLANETARY HEALTH SEMINAR
Thursday 26 September 2019 is World Environmental Health Day. The theme for this year is 'Climate change challenges, time for global Environmental Health to act in unison'. Proudly sponsored by the Griffith University, Climate Change Response Program and supported by the Menzies Health Institute Queensland and the Environmental Health Team at Griffith University. You are invited to join our special guest, Professor Anthony Capon, who will deliver the key address on ‘Planetary Heath: Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch’. The event will be held at The Ship Inn, South Brisbane from 6 pm. Register now as places are limited.
ARTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE - POWER OF SOUND TO PRESERVE WATERWAYS
A sound artist, composer and researcher, Dr Barclay’s work bridges the divide between art and science. Her acoustic ecology research is helping raise awareness of the health of aquatic ecosystems, which cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. This project used experimental music, augmented reality and new technologies to connect communities to their waterways and inspire action. The project demonstrates that sound is one of the most powerful tools to respond to global challenges like climate change.
WAVE CLIMATE PROJECTIONS PREDICT RISKS TO COASTLINES
A team of researchers led by Griffith University has mapped out how much waves are likely to change around the globe under climate change and found that if we can limit warming to 2 degrees, signals of wave climate change are likely to stay within the range of natural climate variability. However, if we don’t limit warming and continue with business as usual around 48 per cent of the world’s coast is at risk of wave climate change, with changes in either wave height, period or direction.
SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS AND GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
A student-led recyclable art project and an socially responsible MBA program have been selected as finalists in the 2019 Green Gown Awards Australasia. The Green Gown Awards are now in their 10th year, and recognise excellence in sustainability across the tertiary education sector.
NEW INTERNATIONAL HUB - GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY
An international hub set to bring together researchers fighting current world issues like climate change and infectious disease outbreaks has opened at Griffith University. The Centre for Environment and Population Health (CEPH) Hub for Global Health Security opened at Griffith’s Nathan campus on July 22, providing a space for international and Australian researchers to collaborate on matters of public health. The hub aims to improve methods of forecasting major events for better preparedness, from extreme weather and climate change, to Dengue Fever and Ebola outbreaks, mosquito-borne diseases, hand-foot and mouth diseases, diarrhoea and heart diseases.
VISUALISING DATA IN AN AGE OF INSTITUTIONAL COMPLEXITY
On 19 July 2019 the Griffith News reported on a project being conducted by Dr Tim Cadman, Griffith Climate Change Response Program and the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law. Dr Cadman has created a Climate Regime Map, Eco Regime Map and is currently mapping ecosystem services. These maps have been created to enable users to navigate themselves around global environmental agreements. The maps encompass visually engaging graphics, connected databases of information, surveys, and other interactive components. They are intended as a means to involve governments and civil society in an interactive process of inquiry with current international regimes.
- Link to the Climate Regime Map
- Link to the Eco Regime Map
- Links to other information systems and decision support for adaptation tools
- Link to video presentation about mapping and measuring ecosystem services