Bringing researchers together to contribute to greater action on climate change
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Climate change is reshaping communities, the environment, health, business and beyond. Here at Melbourne, we are committed to developing real world solutions for a safer climate future.Read more
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Climate change is reshaping communities, the environment, health, business and beyond. Here at Melbourne, we are committed to developing real world solutions for a safer climate future.
The next few years are critical. Leaders from around the world have recognised this pivotal moment and are calling for immediate action. More than 110 countries have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. China and the USA have committed to achieving net zero emissions more quickly. Businesses are going green. And universities are strengthening research into protecting the planet from climate change.
To contribute to this global push, the University of Melbourne has launched Melbourne Climate Futures. This initiative builds on decades of University research in a diverse range of areas. From climate change impacts in the Pacific to environmental politics on the global stage, energy futures and bushfire resilience to better global health outcomes, Melbourne Climate Futures brings researchers from different academic backgrounds together to develop practical outcomes for the challenges ahead.
We empower the next generation of researchers and students to strive for a sustainable climate future, and work alongside the University itself to ensure the institution is a world leader in decarbonisation.
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Pursuit: Tougher environmental policies can create economic winners
Contrary to the assumption that environmental policies undermine a country’s productivity growth, new research finds positive evidence of the economic effect of environmental policies.
Australian Guidelines for the Implementation of Nature-based methods for reducing risk from coastal hazards
The National Centre for Coasts and Climate, supported through the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, have issued Australian guidelines for nature-based methods to reduce risk from coastal hazards.
Research: Clean Air and Urban Landscapes (CAUL) Hub
The CAUL Hub has published four impact stories: Cities are Indigenous places, Urban biodiversity, Urban greening and Air quality, and a toolkit guiding researchers in supporting Indigenous-led research and co-design.
Pursuit: Variety is the Spice of Life...And Key to Saving Wildlife
Conservation genetics can boost a species’ ability to adapt and decrease its extinction risk by understanding how varied a species’ DNA is across its entire genome.
Research paper: Strategic Planning for Melbourne's Green Wedges
This paper highlights some critical trade-offs between competing land uses in the Green Wedges, particularly where areas with high biodiversity values are involved.
Research paper: Pathways and pitfalls in extreme event attribution
There has been increasing interest in the science of estimating the influence of human activities or other factors on extreme weather/climate events. This paper explores pathways and pitfalls in attribution methodology.
Research paper: Molehills into mountains - Transitional pressures from household PV-battery adoption under flat retail and feed-in tarrifs
Researchers simulate household PV battery investments over a 20-year period. They identify transitional tipping points that may challenge future electricity system management, market participation and energy policies.
Research paper: The severity and extent of the Australia 2019-20 Eucalyptus forest fires are not the legacy of forest management
A team of researchers find that the scale and severity of the 2019-20 bushfires is explainable by extrinsic factors (severe drought, strong winds, uninterrupted fire weather), not forest management.
Research paper: Researchers construct oldest daily climate dataset for Perth
CLEX researchers have constructed the oldest daily historical climate dataset for Perth in south-western Australia to provide an extended record for analysing pre‐industrial climate variability and extremes for the region.
Research paper: Stressors and Supports in Post-disaster Recovery: Experiences After the Black Saturday Bushfires
Researchers report survey responses from the Beyond Bushfires study finding that the four most useful supports were family, friends, rebuilding resources, and their community.
Article: Watershed may not recover from drought
Researchers, including from the University of Melbourne, have found that even years after the end of the Millennium Drought, 37 percent of Victoria’s water catchments still had not recovered.
Pursuit: Male Fertility 'Precariously Close' to Climate Change Extinction Limits
New research has found that the loss of fertility in males as a result of climate change, particularly in the tropics, may be a better predictor of individual vulnerability to extinction.
Pursuit: Smaller Plants Show Promise for Future Food Crops
Researchers have bred smaller soybean plants with the same yield, raising the possibility that smaller crops could grow more food from less land, essential for changing climate conditions.
Article: Accountants and botanists combine forces for a sustainable future
Accountants and botanists have joined together to understand how best to capture, manage and report on carbon storage and sequestration.
Article: 'Boys and their toys': how overt masculinity dominates Australia's relationship with water
A water policy researcher, Dr Anna Kosovac, explores how dominant masculinity is limiting our response to water problems.
View: Future and Park Beyond
This new e-book features entries from the 2019 International Ideas Competition for ‘The Future Park.’ The designs provide innovative solutions to address the challenges of climate change, reconciliation and resilience.
View: The Climate Imaginary
An exhibition from Melbourne Design Week is available online, featuring design responses to climate change.
2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference
Jackie Peel, Director of MCF: Better Futures Australia Climate Champions
Better Futures’ “Climate Champions” share their stories to inspire other Australians to act on climate change and move towards a zero emissions future. Read the interview with Climate Champion and Director of MCF, Jackie Peel, here.