GECKO TALK - 22 MAY 2019

On 22 May Prof Brendan Mackey presented at a Gecko community talk about the consequences of climate change for people and the economy. He outlined what it means for iconic ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef, economic sectors including tourism, urban planning and liveability and human health.

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DR JOHANNA NALAU PRESENTATION AT "FLOODS, FIRE, FURY"

On 21 May Dr Johanna Nalau presented about climate adaptation in theory and practice at "Floods, fire, fury" as a part of the Pint of Science Festival. The event examined - How are we adapting to climate events and what is the impact of change? We ask an ecologist and a sociologist for new perspectives.

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SEMINAR - WOMEN GUARDIANS OF THE MANGROVES IN PNG

A free seminar was presented by friends of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program - Mangoro market meri: Women guardians of the mangroves in PNG - on 28 March at the Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank, Brisbane.

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PRIMARY FORESTS RESEARCHER SYMPOSIUM AND SEMINAR

From 18 - 20 March 2019 a Tropical and Boreal & Temperate Primary Forests Research Projects Joint Research Symposium was held at Woods Holes Research Centre (WHRC) in Falmouth, USA. The Symposium enabled researchers to share updates and also engage with the public on the policy and practical implications of their research. A public seminar was held on 21 March at the WHRC.

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CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENT & POPULATION HEALTH - PUBLIC SEMINAR - 18 JANUARY 2019, NATHAN CAMPUS

The Center for Population & Environment Health welcomed everyone to a free public seminar with their special guest, Prof Gong from the Tsinghua University in China. The title of the seminar was - Environmental monitoring and disease spread modelling.  Prof Gong is building a multi-disciplinary program housing scholars from the atmospheric, oceanographic, ecologic, geographic, economic and computer science fields to measure, model, and understand global environmental changes and their effects on human health and well-being. He has worked for over two decades on the modelling and understanding of the transmission of schistosomiasis, malaria, plague, hanta virus and avian influenza diseases.Further information and/or to RSVP - please contact CEPH - ha.nguyen@griffith.edu.au

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ABC PM INTERVIEW

On 10 December 2018 Prof Brendan Mackey discussed climate change negotiations at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland with ABC PM  on their segment titled - "Largest ever group of investors call for more action to meet Paris climate targets".

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GCCRP AT COP 24

A number of researchers from the Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP) attended as observers at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland (COP 24) held from 2 - 14 December 2018. Dr Johanna Nalau provided the High Level Statement on behalf of RINGOs (Research and Independent Non-Government Organisations) at the Plenary. Researchers also participated in various side events at COP 24. Further information coming soon. In the meantime here are links to the presentations:

12 December 2018 - High Level Statement on behalf of RINGOs from Dr Johanna Nalau

9 December 2018 - Global Landscapes Forum Panel Discussion: The critical role of biodiversity protection and ecosystem integrity in climate mitigation outcomes for land and forest-based climate actions.  Prof Brendan Mackey, GCCRP Director, provided a presentation [via video recording] - "The interdependency of forests, ecosystem integrity and biodiversity for climate action - to the Global Landscapes Forum". Dr Edward Morgan, Research Fellow with GCCRP and Cities Research Institute, was also participating in the Panel Discussion.

8 December 2018 - UN COP 24 Side Event - "Needs-based Climate Finance Strategy in Melanesia" - initiative led by the Melanesian Spearhead Group with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat and Griffith University.  Dr Tim Cadman, Research Fellow, GCCRP and Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, moderated the event.

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EVENT HELD - LISTENING UNDERWATER: THE AGENCY OF SOUND IN CHANGING CLIMATES'

On Wednesday 31 October 2018, as part of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre Behind the Music Series 2018 Lecture, Listening Underwater: The Agency of Sound in Changing Climates' , with Dr Leah Barclay was  held. It included sound maps of migrating humpback whales, freshwater ecoacoustics in global river systems, the changing soundscapes of remote wetlands and sonic activism on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Collaborative Australia-Indonesia Program for Sustainable Development and Climate Change

On 2 November 2018 the Collaborative Australia-Indonesia Program for Sustainable Development and Climate Change (CAISDCC) was launched in Jakarta.  The Program is a Griffith University initiative held in collaboration with the Indonesian President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and the Universitas Indonesia.  This video welcomed guests to the launch and outlines the aims of the Program.

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP) will lead efforts to develop, seek funding for, and implement externally funded collaborative multidisciplinary research projects involving Griffith and Indonesian research institutions and government agencies within the broad field of sustainable development and climate change. An example is the project proposal on “Adaptation in East Indonesian Small islands” developed by GCCRP and the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs.

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GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS VISIT THE PACIFIC TO LEARN ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

A team of fifteen communication and journalism students and four (4) staff are attending a two-week-long mobility project from 28 September 2018 at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus Campus in Vanuatu.

This is part of the University’s Memorandum of Understanding with Griffith University, which is being funded under the New Colombo Plan, to learn from local communities and experts on how best to report climate change in the Pacific.

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GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY A NATURE "MOVER AND SHAKER"

On 19 September 2018 the prestigious scientific journal Nature identified Griffith University as one of 16 global 'Movers and Shakers' in the Nature Index 2018 Rising Stars supplement. Prof Ned Pankhurst, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, attributes its recent success to two strategic investment programmes: one focussed on specific research areas, including environmental science, water science and climate change response, and a 2020 plan to become one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region.

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GRIFFITH SUPPORTS QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS CLIMATE RISKS

In September 2018, Griffith University and the Queensland Government united to share insight and expertise in tackling current and future climate risks at the Queensland Government Climate Action Symposium, held at the State Library.

Almost 100 representatives from across Queensland Government departments attended the one-day event, which included presentations from Dr John Hewson AM, senior State Government officials and leaders from Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP) and Griffith Policy Innovation Hub (PIH).

The Symposium was the kick-off event for the Queensland Climate Ready program (QCR), a two-year program in which Griffith University will be working in collaboration with the Queensland Government to strengthen institutional framework for managing current and future climate risks.

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CARBON OFFSETS: HOW DOES FLYING 'NEUTRAL' WORK?

The number of Australians taking overseas trips has skyrocketed in the past decade. On 13 September 2018 Prof Brendan Mackey, Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, talked to Triple J's Hack about carbon offsets and travelling.

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PODCAST ABOUT DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

In September 2018 Prof Brendan Mackey discussed climate change, drought and adaptation on the Griffith University Podcast - "A Middle Ground" - Episode 9 - The State of Australia's Democracy and the Drought Dilemma. [At 14:17 for a discussion of drought and farmers and from 19:44 Prof Mackey.]

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VANUATU - ECOSYSTEM AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC RESILIENCE ANALYSIS AND MAPPING (ESRAM)

Griffith University has released a new report containing a national-level assessment of Vanuatu’s social-ecological systems in the context of building resilience to climate change. The report has been released as part of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program ESRAM project.

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CLIMATE CHANGE UPDATE: MOVING FORWARD ON ADAPTATION

On 24 August 2018 the Griffith Climate Change Response Program hosted a Panel Discussion and Book Launch, centered around the theme - Climate change update: Moving forward on adaptation.  The eminent panel - Prof Mark Howden (ANU Climate Change Institute), Prof Roger Street (Oxford University) and Georgine Roodenrys (Qld Government) shed light on the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report and shared insights into how the Irish, UK, Canadian and Japanese governments are responding to growing climate risks and the state of play with the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy. The book, Limits to Climate Change Adaptation, was also launched. Dr Johanna Nalau, co-editor of the book and IPCC 6th Assessment Report Lead Author, presented some of the main findings from the book.

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INTEGRATED REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE PREDICTION SYSTEM

On 23 August 2018, special guest, Professor Seon Ki Park, from the Dept of Environmental Science & Engineering and the Dept of Climate & Energy Systems Engineering, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, presented a seminar about the Atmospheric Sciences at Ewha Womans University; Numerical Weather/Climate/Environment Prediction; Sensitivity Studies; Subgrid-scale Parameterizations; Optimal Parameter Estimation; Coupled Data Assimilation; Projection of Local Climate Change; and RECIPE (Regional Environment/Climate Prediction System).

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IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS & SUSTAINABILITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION OUTCOMES IN THE PACIFIC

On 21 August 2018 our special guest Professor Patrick Nunn, Associate Director, Sustainability Research Centre, University of Sunshine Coast presented a seminar which included a discussion about the role of faith/spirituality in contributing to the acceptance of adaptation by affected communities, especially those in rural parts of the Pacific Islands region where environmental governance (and decision-making more generally) is commonly filtered through religious beliefs was the focus of some of the discussion.

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UNDERSTANDING CONNECTIVITY IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD

On 15 August 2018 Professor Brendan Mackey, Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, presented a seminar at the James Cook University in Cairns.  Abstract: Ecosystems throughout the world are being degraded from modern developments including industrial scale land use and transport infrastructure. At the same time, we are experiencing unprecedented human-forced climate change. Together, they are leading to a break down in natural connectivity and dramatic shifts in ecosystem dynamics and species responses. Large scale connectivity conservation has been proposed as an appropriate and necessary response to these threats to ecosystem integrity and biodiversity.

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LAUNCH OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM WITH INDONESIA

On 11 June 2018 the Collaborative Australia-Indonesia Program for Sustainable Development and Climate Change was launched by the Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President, Prof Ian O'Connor with the Indonesian President's Special Envoy for Climate Change, the Hon Prof Rachmat Witoelar, at Griffith University's Nathan campus.

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LONG-TERM VISION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE ACTIONS: RECORDINGS

On 8 June 2018 the Griffith Climate Change Response Program was proud to present a public seminar at the South Bank campus, from our special guest, the Hon Prof Rachmat Witoelar, The Indonesian President's Special Envoy for Climate Change: Long-term vision on Sustainable Development Goals and climate actions.

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NEW BLOG POST FROM DR JOHANNA NALAU - 3 DEFINING FEATURES OF ADAPTATION FUTURES 2018

This week I attended the Adaptation Futures Conference, a bi-annual conference that is attended by people who work in climate adaptation science, policy and practice. This conference was particularly interesting given that it was held in Cape Town, South Africa, that is going through a severe drought. At some point it was not even clear whether the whole conference could take place because of .....

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GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY IPCC AUTHORS

Following a global nomination process, Prof Brendan Mackey and Dr Johanna Nalau  of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program have been appointed lead authors in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report.

The Sixth Assessment Report will inform policymakers, international climate negotiators and other stakeholders about the latest knowledge on all aspects of climate change.

Prof Mackey and Dr Nalau will be in Working Group II which contributes to the Sixth Assessment Report about the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change.

Prof Mackey will be coordinating Lead Author for "Chapter 11 - Australasia" and Dr Johanna Nalau ​will be a Lead Author in ​"Chapter 15 - Small Islands".

The Sixth Assessment Report is expected to be finalized in time for the first Global Stocktake, reviewing collective progress towards achieving the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement in 2022.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

On 22 May 2018 Griffith University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The University of South Pacific (USP). The MoU provides for joint research activities; participation in seminars and academic meetings; special short-term academic/technical/training programs; and short-term student research student and scholar mobility. Dan Ware and Dr Ed Morgan from the Griffith Climate Change Response Program visited USP shortly before the MoU was signed off to discuss climate change research.

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New video

Supporting climate change information management

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. Pacific iCLIM is a collaboration between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Griffith University. The project is supported by funding from the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Climate Update 2018: recordings

On 20 March 2018 the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, Australian National University (ANU) Climate Change Institute and the Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise presented the Climate Update 2018 to a full house at the Griffith University, South Bank campus.  Experts, policy makers and leading commentators from across Australia presented at the Update including Prof Mark Howden (ANU), Dr Ramona Dalla Pozza (Qld Govt), Prof Frank Jotzo (ANU), David Putland (Qld Govt), Dr Natasha Montesalvo (Qld Tourism Industry Council) and Professor John Hewson A.M.

Papua New Guinea to enhance managing climate change information

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.

EARTH CHARTER DIALOGUE

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Prof Brendan Mackey, Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, was a member of the original drafting committee. The Earth Charter was launched in June 2000. In 2017 Prof Mackey wrote an essay as a personal reflection on the Earth Charter’s current relevance to contemporary issues. Responses to Prof Mackey's essay, and further reflections on the Earth Charter's relevance to contemporary issues were invited and shared.

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NEW BOOK - LIMITS TO CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

This book sheds new light on the limits of adaptation to anthropogenic climate change. The respective chapters demonstrate the variety of and interconnections between factors that together constitute the constraints on adaptation. The book pays special attention to evidence that illustrates how and where such limits have become apparent or are in the process of establishing themselves, and which indicates future trends and contexts that might prove helpful in understanding adaptation limits. In particular, the book provides an overview of the most important challenges and opportunities regarding adaptation limits at different temporal, jurisdictional, and spatial scales, while also highlighting case studies, projects and best practices that show how they may be addressed. The book presents innovative multi-disciplinary research and gathers evidence from various countries, sectors and regions, the goal being to advance our understanding of the limits to adaptation and ways to overcome or modify them.

Dr Johanna Nalau, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Griffith Climate Change Response Program and Griffith Institute for Tourism, is one of the Editors of this book.

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Nectar Virtual Labs have huge impact

The Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) is a Griffith Climate Change Response Program project.

It is one of a number of Nectar Virtual Laboratories (VLs) which provide digital interfaces, tools and data to online research communities.

A report has been released about the impact of three VLs, including the BCCVL, finding that investment in the VLs are generating a return on investment of up to 138 times their cost.

New animated clip and research - Carbon offsetting and aviation

Worried about your carbon pollution when you fly?

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program and the Griffith Institute for Tourism have teamed up to produce an animated clip about carbon offsetting and aviation.This video clip explains what it means when you choose to "offset" your carbon when you fly. It also offers suggestions for what else you can do to reduce your carbon emissions.

Carbon and flying

The animated clip follows up research from Professor Brendan Mackey and Professor Susanne Becken which analyses the carbon offsetting practices of 139 airlines and develops a set of five best-practice principles to help airlines improve the reporting of their offsetting schemes.

BOOK - PATHWAYS TO A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY

The focus of this edited volume is to identify challenges facing organizations in achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a new energy economy, and to explore solutions from various sectors of the economy to enable the transition to a zero emissions future. Griffith University researchers authored many chapters in this publication.

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