News and events
April 15, 2014
Climate Futures at Macquarie host Resilience: Communication and Collaboration Workshop
The Bio-diversity node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub launched.
January 1, 2012
Professor Lesley Hughes and Dr Peter Rogers become Co-directors of Climate Futures at Macquarie
March 20, 2011
Professor Lesley Hughes and Dr Erika Techera become Co-directors of Climate Futures at Macquarie
March 11, 2011
Climate Commission says it's tough explaining science on AM with Tony Eastley
March 9, 2011
Dr Leanne Armand announced the opening of registrations for the Polar Marine Diatom Taxonomy and Ecology Workshop (4-8th July, 2011) at Macquarie University. She describes it as ‘a great training and networking workshop that both experienced and student researchers should attend’.
February 10, 2011
Professor Lesley Hughes, member of Climate Futures, was appointed advisor on the Climate Commission.
September 30, 2010
Director of Climate Futures, Associate Professor Ian Goodwin was recently featured in Catalyst 10th Anniversary Special airing on ABC.
September 16, 2010
NSW Scientist of the Year Award. Dr Melaine Bishop, member of Climate Futures, was awarded NSW Scientist of the Year in the category of Environment, Climate Change and Water.
August 16, 2010
The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers. The Australian Academy of Science has released one of the clearest statements on climate change yet produced. Based on a series of key questions, the publication aims to address confusion created by contradictory information in the public domain. It sets out to explain the current situation in climate science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist.
August 5, 2010
Current models could be underestimating future warming. Professor Sandy Harrison, member of Climate Futures, has published a paper on "Terrestrial biogeochemical feedbacks in the climate system"
June 25, 2010
Sorting out the Spin and Confusion of Climate Change . International expert, Professor Stephen Schneider, will examine the difficulties in tackling climate change policies in light of significant uncertainties.
March 1, 2010
New Science Communication Program . Professor Tim Flannery and Dr Catherine Simpson, both members of Climate Futures, are conducting lectures and tutorials in Science Communication.
February 5, 2010
Researchers call for a new approach to disaster preparedness and recovery. Dr Frank Tomalla, member of Climate Futures, examines new approaches to natural disasters.
January 20, 2010
The Director of Climate Futures at Macquarie, Associate Professor Ian Goodwin, was interviewed by The Age during his recent expedition to ice core a palaeoclimate record from Mill Island Antartica .
November 25, 2009
The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Climate Science Report . A group of 26 international climate scientists release a new report synthesizing the latest climate research to emerge since the last IPCC Assessment Report of 2007.
August 19, 2009
Climate Risk CoRE member wins Eureka Prize for Medical Research.
Dr. Paul Beggs from the Department of Environment and Geography won the $10,000 OSMR Jamie Callachor Eureka Prize for Medical Research for his work exploring the relationship between climate change, asthma and allergies.
Climate Futures at Macquarie runs a monthly seminar to communicate important climate change research to a wide audience.
THE ADAPTIVE COMMUNITIES NODE - NSW ADAPTATION RESEARCH HUBBrent Jacobs
THE INS AND OUTS OF INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION CONSULTANCYDr Peter Smith
|Sep 8 2014|
NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY NETWORKGareth Johnston, NEEN
|Aug 12 2014|
TIPPING POINTS: DETECTION AND NAVIGATION IN THEORETICAL MODELS OF CLIMATE CHANGEDr Michael Harré, Sydney University
This talk is based on two recent articles in which my collaborators and I have argued that there are sound theoretical reasons to believe there are general techniques for detecting tipping points and nudging system parameters in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of a system's collapse. These results will be discussed in terms of recent reviews of the different types of tipping points that have been proposed in climate models.
|Jul 29 2014|
SEMINAR CANCELLEDDr Gareth Edwards, University of East Anglia
|Jun 3 2014|
THE INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL DRIVERS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT FOR GREEN WALLS AND GREEN ROOFSLucy Sharman, City of Sydney
In April the City of Sydney adopted their Green Roofs and Walls Policy – the first of its kind in Australia. Lucy will discuss the international and local drivers that led to the development of the City’s policy and how the City is integrating not only green roofs, but green infrastructure into city planning. Lucy will also present an overview of current research on the benefits of green roofs and the gaps in local research that are impacting on the uptake of green roofs.
|Aug 21 2013|
ADVENTURES WITH THE CLIMATE COMMISSION; WHAT DO AUSTRALIAN'S THINK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?
Prof. Lesley Hughes
|Jul 23 2013|
WHAT ROLE SHOULD DEMOCRACY AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT PLAY IN PREVENTING GLOBAL CLIMATE DESTABILISATION?
Dr Adam Lucus
For more than four decades, debate has raged within the international environmental movement about the best strategies for minimising the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialisation. Throughout this debate, the relationship between democratic forms of governance and technological development in contributing to, exacerbating or ameliorating the social inequalities and environmental destruction wrought by modern industrial activities has been a focus of controversy.
|Jul 9 2013|
ENERGY DESCENT SCENARIOS; INTEGRATING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, PEAK OIL & BUBBLE ECONOMICS
The impacts of Climate Change, Peak Oil and Bubble Economics are shifting from speculation and forecasting to documentation and response even before there is any consensus that that these will be critical drivers in emergent futures. However most of the discussion and strategic responses tend to be in isolation from each other let alone the myriad of compounding factors that reflect the Limits To Growth thesis 40 years ago.
|Jun 11 2013|
AUSTRALIA'S CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY DILEMA - THE CASE FOR EMERGENCY ACTION
Australia is currently living in a 'Fool's Paradise', ignoring the most critical issues which will impact upon this country in both the short and long term. Weighty reports are being published on the 'official' future of Australia. Scenarios abound, setting out the implications of differing assumptions for the future of our children and grandchildren. All of which would be laudable were it not for the fact that the critical scenario, of accelerating climate change and energy scarcity, particularly peak oil, is deliberately ignored - apparently too scary for 'political realism' to contemplate.
|Mar 13 2013|
CAN A COLLAPSE OF GLOBAL CIVILISATION BE AVOIDED?
Prof. Paul R. Ehrlich
The seminar will consist of a short presentation given by Professor Paul Ehrlich based on his recent paper Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided? and will be followed by an extended interactive Q&A session with the audience.
|Sep 11 2012|
GHG EMISSION REDUCTION AND GREEN TRANSITION IN CHINA: FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF INDUSTRIAL RESTRUCTURING
Prof. Yang Danhui
Over the past thirty years, China has made great achievements in economic growth and become the so-called “world factory”. However, China’s speedy industrialization has been undertaking an extensive path with enlarging energy consumption, severe environmental damage and increasing carbon emission. Currently, the industrial sector is still the main source of carbon emission in China, which accounts for the total amount of carbon emission up to 70%.
|Aug 21 2012|
MOVING SYDNEY TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE LOW CARBON FUTURE
This presentation summarises a practical strategy for a sustainable energy society deriving its initial energy needs from low carbon energy resources whilst at the same time establishing a decentralised energy, water and waste infrastructure to enable future energy and water needs to be derived from wholly renewable resources within the Sustainable Sydney 2030 timescale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030. These concepts can be applied to any community in the Australia or indeed in the world.
|June 5 2012|
Few residents of developed countries pay much attention to the issue of food security, as modern agriculture produces cheap and plentiful food. However, in many developing countries people spend a large proportion of their income on food, and price shocks in key commodities like wheat can trigger massive social unrest. Demographic trends are placing significant pressure on food supplies globally, and government policies, such as shifting corn production to ethanol for motor transport, are making the situation worse.
|June 4 2012|
WORKING TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE LIVEABLE CITIES
Dr. Tony Jackson
Scottish councils have been given statutory responsibilities for delivering some of the most challenging mitigation and adaptation targets for climate change in the world, reflecting central government’s dirigiste, top-down approach to this problem. In the United States, there is no federal mandate for tackling climate change: individual municipalities address the problem either by joining one of several voluntary initiatives or by following legislative requirements of their own State, creating an asymmetrical, bottom-up response.
|Mar 27 2012|
A ETYMOLOGY & GENEALOGY OF RESILIENCE: TOWARDS MITIGATION, ADAPTATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Dr Peter Rogers
In recent times there has been an increase in the use of resilience as a buzz-word in a range of policy initiatives, particularly in disaster and emergency management. This paper traces the origins of the term from its etymological roots to its contemporary uses in research, showing the re-emergence of resilience as a hot policy metaphor with multiple applications. The suggestion is made that resilience is increasingly split by different applications - and not always helpfully - leading to different interpretations amongst theorists, policy makers and practitioners.
|Nov 25 2011|
DETERMINING ROBUST IMPACTS OF LAND-USE INDUCED LAND-COVER CHANGES ON SURFACE CLIMATE OVER NORTH AMERICA AND EURASIA; RESULTS FROM THE FIRST SET OF LUCID EXPERIMENTS
Nathalie de Noblet-Ducoudré
The project “Land-Use and Climate, IDentification of robust impacts (LUCID)” was initiated to address the robustness of possible biogeophysical impacts of land-use induced land cover changes (LULCC). LUCCID used seven coupled atmosphere-land models with a common experimental design to explore those impacts of LULCC that are robust. The biogeophysical impacts of LULCC were also compared to the impact of elevated greenhouse gases and resulting changes in sea-surface temperatures and sea-ice extent.
|Nov 15 2011|
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH CLIMATE CHANGE: UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS
Dr Nicky Morrison
The housing sector can play a vital role in climate change mitigation through existing households reducing their energy consumption patterns as well as adopting energy efficiency measures in their homes. Yet the scope for making such energy efficiency gains is dependent upon the capacity and willingness of households to act. Traditionally, the approach used to motivate households has centred on prompting individual household behaviour, particularly through information campaigns.
|Oct 25 2011|
ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTING AND AUSTRALIAN WATER ACCOUNTING STANDARDS - CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE TRENDS
Environmental accounting is an increasingly mainstream area of research. This presentation provides a brief overview of some of the main trends in environmental accounting with the objective of enabling researchers working in related fields to both benefit from and contribute to the work done in this area. In particular the presentation will focus on recent developments in the area of water accounting, where the development of a National Water Account and water accounting standards have placed Australia in a leadership position.
|Sep 29 2011|
MACROECONOMICS VS ENVIRONMENTAL MACROECONOMICS - Implications for Climate Policy
Professor Dodo Thampapillai
When environmental macroeconomic frameworks replace standard macroeconomic frameworks differences in policy outcomes ensue. The non-recognition of real environmental capacity constraints could explain the inability of standard frameworks to deliver on climate change related goals. In this paper, environmental capital depreciation is internalized into analytic frameworks of factor-utilization, aggregate demand and aggregate supply. The analyses reveal that restricted income and wage domains alongside limited environmental capacity constrain economic performance.
Sep 13 2011
QUANTIFYING ENSO, ENSO TELECONNECTION PATTERNS, AND WESTERN UNITED STATES EXTREME PRECIPITATION EVENTS USISNG COMMUNITY EARTH SYSTEM MODEL
Michael J. DeFlorio, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
|Sep 6 2011|
BLUE CARBON: THE ROLE OF COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS IN CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION
Anissa Lawrence, Director of Tierra Mar Consulting
Coastal ecosystems, in particular seagrasses, tidal salt marshes and mangroves are known as blue carbon sinks and sequester and store carbon from the atmosphere at rates of up to 5 times those of tropical forests. The Asia Pacific region, in particular the Coral Triangle region of South East Asia, contains the majority of the world’s mangroves and seagrass and there is growing interest in the role of these ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies across the region.
|Aug 30 2011|
CLIMATE FUTURES AND CORAL REEFS: ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES AND REEF RESILIENCE IN INDONESIA, JAMAICA AND BELIZE
Professor M.J.C Crabbe
Knowledge of factors that are important in reef resilience helps us understand how reefs react following major environmental disturbances such as hurricanes and bleaching. The talk will cover fringing reefs in Indonesia and Jamaica, and barrier reefs off the coast of Belize. Here we identify factors which may have helped in the recovery of corals on the North coast of Jamaica since the 2005 Caribbean-wide mass bleaching event.
|Jun 20 2011|
THE HISTORY OF FIRE: LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE
Professor Sandy P. Harrison
The interactions between climate, vegetation, fire regimes and people are complex. The direct observational record is short and does not encompass the climate or environmental changes of the magnitude expected to occur over the 21st century. Recalcitrant charcoal, preserved in anoxic lake or bog sediments, provides regionally-resolved records of changing fire regimes on decadal/centennial, millennial and glacial-interglacial timescales. The Global Palaeofire Working Group (GPWG) has compiled charcoal records from several hundred sites across the globe.
|May 16 2011|
HIGH LATITUDE/COLD CLIMATE DUST EVENTS IN SOUTHERN ICELAND
Dr Joanna Bullard
Mineral dust aerosols play an important role in the earth-atmosphere-ocean system and can impact soils, regional and global climate, and marine productivity. Most research has concentrated on prominent dust sources in the subtropics however significant dust events also occur in higher latitudes, particularly in proglacial and paraglacial regions. This seminar focuses on dust events in southern Iceland, and their spatial and temporal relationships with climate, sediment supply and glacier dynamics.
|Apr 7 2011|
EMBRACING CHANGE: EXPLORING IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
Dr. Beth Fulton
Understanding is a key component of successful management. The competing demands on marine systems and their changing nature can make them a management challenge – both uncertain and complex. Models can help simplify the task by providing tools for system understanding and for exploring alternative management options. In particular, models can get beyond direct impacts to explore the (often crucial) role of indirect effects and trade-offs between system components and objectives of different user groups.
|Mar 18 2011|
THE SHIFT IN STATE OF THE ATMOSPHERE
Dr. Andrew Glikson
Long term gradual and protracted shifts in the state of the atmosphere/ocean/cryosphere system through the Cainozoic (65-0 Ma) include the decline of global temperatures through the Eocene (50-34 Ma), warm periods in the late Oligocene (21 Ma), mid-Miocene (~16 Ma) and mid-Pliocene (3 Ma), followed by a descent to Pleistocene (<1.8 Ma) glacial-interglacial cycles. These changes have been perturbed by abrupt climate shifts associated with methane eruption at ~55 Ma (CO2 increase at 0.4 ppm/year), a major asteroid cluster at ~35 Ma, abrupt cooling and formation of the Antarctic ice sheet at ~34 Ma, volcanic eruptions (cf. Toba, 71 Kyr) and glacial terminations (410, 320, 230, 140, 14-10 Kyr).
Climate Futures aims to be a nationally recognised portal for translation and communication of climate change research. To achieve our goals, Climate Futures runs a number of activities to engage academia, industry, government and the public.
|July 23 2013|
The International And Local Drivers For The Development For Green Walls And Green Roofs
|July 23 2013|
What Role Should Democracy And Technological Development Play In Preventing Global Climate Destabilization?
Dr Adam Lucas
|July 9 2013|
Energy Descent Scenarios; integrating impacts of Climate Change, Peak Oil & Bubble Economics
|June 11 2013|
Australia's Climate Change and Energy Dilema
|June 5 2012|
Mr Rade Musulin - Chief Operating Officer of Aon Benfield Analytics Asia Pacific
|June 4 2012|
Healthy Cities ‘Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities’
Mr Anthony Jackson - University of Dundee, Scotland
Research theme workshops
In 2012, the advisory panel of Climates Futures was remodelled into a series of forums and workshops. Our aim is to better engage with existing and potential partner organisations around our five research themes. The outreach and engagement forums will showcase some of the current research at Climate Futures, but it will also give your organisation the opportunity to:
- showcase some of your own work,
- see what others are doing,
- build closer relationships with existing or potential partner agencies at local and regional levels,
- meet like-minded people to enhance your networks,
- highlight your existing, emerging or future needs in developing research and evidence
The workshops are built around a common theme, but discussion is not restricted to that theme. We aim to create an open forum to enhance partnership-driven research, multi-agency cooperation and the development of evidence-based institutional policy and planning.
To receive email updates on Climate Futures, events please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
|April 15 2014|
Resilience: Communication and Collaboration Workshop
Dr Peter Rogers
|Aug 30 2013|
Five Minute Forum
Professor Lesely Hughes and Dr Peter Rogers
Climate Futures ran a series of workshops that were aimed at strengthening partnerships and identifying research gaps. This year we want to extend the conversation to develop strategic collaborations based on the National Research Investment Plan with the view to applying for ARC Linkage Grants in November 2013 and beyond.
|Dec 4 2012|
Green Roofs, Green walls, Green cities: the adaptive potential of green infrastructure in the city
Professor Lesely Hughes and Dr Marco Amati
The aim of this workshop is to provoke discussion between researchers and stakeholders in industry, local councils, consultants, NGOs and others on the role that green infrastructure can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
|Nov 22 2012|
Priorities for biodiversity adaptation to climate change
NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet (OEH) with assistance from the ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, Climate Futures at Macquarie University and Great Eastern Ranges Initiative
The workshop is intended to bring together researchers and land managers to build on available knowledge concerning predicted climate change effects on biodiversity and biodiversity threats to begin to define the needs, priorities and common ground for responses by conservation managers and researchers.
|Nov 6 2012|
Resilient Partnerships Workshop: Communicating for Successful Community Collaborations Workshop
Climate Futures and Societal Security Initiative
The workshop aims to not only identify the challenges in building community resilience and communicating approaches, but also to share and enhance effective approaches that can be implemented in communities across Australia. Each speaker will be invited to discuss their experiences and to give their perspective on what is required for successful community collaboration.
|Sep 6 2012|
Climate change adaptation decisions: New research and tools
Climate Futures and NCCARF
This event will discuss information vital for making decisions that account for climate change in Australia.
|August 8 2012|
Building Resilient Communities’ Engagement and Shared Responsibility' Workshop
Climate Futures and Societal Security Initiative
The Institutions, Policy and Planning (IPP) at Climate Futures at Macquarie in partnership with the Risk Response and Resilience group at the Societal Security Initiative invite you to participate in our 'Building Resilient Communities’ Engagement and Shared Responsibility' Workshop.This outreach and engagement forum will showcase some of the current research at Climate Futures
|May 14 2012|
Science Communication Seminar & Workshop
Dr Randy Olson
The S Factor: Filmmaking for scientists (10.00am - 12.00pm) In this session Randy Olson will discuss science’s crimes against communication, including his own! Using his ‘Four organs of mass communication’ theory, Olson will demonstrate the importance of getting out of your head and into your ‘heart’ and ‘gut’ in order to communicate important environmental issues. He will also show a selection of short films to explain the importance and power of storytelling. If you’ve made a film, please send us the link (under 5 minutes).
Storyomics: Communicating in the Blink of an Eye (limit to 25 participants) In our second session, Randy Olson will present an overview of the basic principles of communication focusing on the ‘elevator pitch’, storytelling techniques & other rapid communication strategies. Using 3 simple words: ‘and … but … and therefore’ you will have the opportunity to distil your science research into a 30 second spiel and establish: “Who is your target audience?”, “Why is your communication important?” and “What is at stake?”
July 25 2011
Marine and Coastal Impacts and Adaptation Workshop
Associate Professor Ian Goodwin, Dr Erika Techera & Dr Melanine Bishop
The Marine and Coastal Impacts and Adaptation Research Theme bring together those working on issues such as coastal, estuarine and shelf geoscience, coastal and marine climate risk, global and local change on coastal biodiversity, the safeguarding and sustainable utilisation of bio-cultural heritage and legal strategies for marine environmental governance.
This will be the first in a series of Climate Futures workshops. The objective of each workshop is to focus on developing long-term, high quality research projects.
|July 4 - 8 2011|
3rd Polar Marine Diatom Taxonomy and Ecology Workshop
Dr Leanne Armand
The Polar Diatom Taxonomy and Ecology Workshop (PDTEW) will provide the international community of polar diatom specialists and students with an opportunity to interact and discuss topical issues and new results that bear on recent and future research activities in the Polar regions. Traditionally, this community has met biennially to exchange data, discuss taxonomic issues toward standardization of terminology and identifications, and provide a venue where students can interact and receive training and advice from leaders in the field.
|Sep 9 2010|
Research Discussion and Grant Development Group - Geoengineering
A/Professor Ian Goodwin
This group will examine (i) impact assessment on the Australian climate, environment and society; and (ii) investigate national and international governance to prevent or control any geoengineering proposals.
|Sep 3 2010|
Research Discussion and Grant Development Group - Coastal Zones and Climate Change
Dr. Melanie Bishop
This group will examine the social, legal, planning, physical and biological issues of coastal squeeze: sea-level rise impacts on the coast, estuaries and coastal lowlands.
|Sep 2 2010|
Research Discussion and Grant Development Group - Climate Change Impacts on Bio-cultural Heritage
Dr. Linda Beaumont
This group will examine the biophysical, social, economic, legal and governance aspects of Climate Change and Bio-cultural Heritage: impacts on indigenous food source supply and conservation (including fisheries) in the Australasian region.
|July 30 2010|
Climate Futures Five Minute Forum
Climate Futures members and postgraduate students
The forum is an opportunity for Climate Futures to showcase the unique range of climate-related expertise of our members. This will be a fast paced, dynamic introduction to the current research and areas of interest of our members. Our overall aim is to build capacity within our research centre and we ask that all members and their postgraduate students participate.