Nature Conservation Council of NSW

released 21 July 2017

Climate change is not only the greatest challenge facing humanity –
it seriously threatens our unique wildlife and ecosystems.

‘Hot, dry, and deadly: Impacts of climate change on nature in NSW’ is a new report by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW that draws together the latest research to highlight the effects of global warming on species and landscapes.


Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

released 21 July 2017

In February 2017, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released a report that showed massive deforestation at the plantation of PT. Agra Bumi Niaga (PT. ABN), despite a moratorium of clearing forests inside the Leuser Ecosystem.1 With the report, RAN also released shocking drone footage of the forest destruction. Field investigations carried out by RAN’s investigators found that, at the time of the forest clearance, oil palm fruit was transported from PT. ABN’s plantation to a nearby crude palm oil mill, which is owned by PT. Koperasi Prima Jasa (PT. KPJ) and was a known supplier to Wilmar International. Wilmar shipped this Conflict Palm Oil around the world and it may have been used in products by prominent consumer brands, including PepsiCo, McDonald’s, Nestle, Unilever and Procter & Gamble.


Greater Sydney Commission

released 17 July 2017

Directions for a Greater Sydney is the approach produced by the Greater Sydney Commission to better integrate land use and infrastructure to deliver a more productive, liveable and sustainable Greater Sydney to 2056.


Hall, N., Barbosa, M.C., Currie, D., Dean, A.J., Head, B., Hill, P.S., Naylor, S., Reid, S., Selvey, L. and Willis, J. (2017),

Global Change Institute discussion paper: Water for equity and wellbeing series, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Released July 2017

This discussion paper presents a scan of the current status of water, sanitation and hygiene services and challenges in remote Australian Indigenous communities. It was conducted to make explicit the challenges requiring attention and to propose questions to stimulate discussion as to how various stakeholders can respond to these challenges. It was guided by examples of initiatives that have improved WASH services and behaviours.


Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

released 18 July 2017

In a first ­of­ its ­kind study, ARENA commissioned research to understand why Australian businesses appear to be falling behind their global peers in making the switch to renewable energy, and to help business leaders to drive change.