Climate Council

Released 5 February 2019

This report provides a snapshot of major extreme weather events in 2018 in Australia and globally. The report discusses how climate change is influencing extreme weather events including extreme heat events, intense rainfall events, droughts and drying, tropical cyclones and bushfires. It then goes on to outline major temperature records that were broken and significant extreme weather events that occurred, both in Australia and globally.

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OEDC

Released 30 January 2019

The OECD’s third Environmental Performance Review of Australia says Australia needs to develop a long-term strategy that integrates energy and climate policies to support progress towards its commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions (including land use change and forestry) to 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. Australia should consider pricing carbon emissions more effectively and doing more to integrate renewables into the electricity sector.

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Australian Government, Productivity Commission

Released 25 January 2019

The report makes findings on progress to date in implementing the Basin Plan and recommendations on actions required to ensure effective achievement of Basin Plan outcomes. Most of our recommendations involve incremental improvements to the current arrangements. Others are to provide the strong foundations needed for the Plan to succeed — sound governance, good planning, and effective and adaptive management.

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Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)

Released 23 January 2018

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), with the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), have released ‘The case for sustainable healthcare’, which revealed the triple bottom line benefits of green-certified health facilities following a review of national and international healthcare facilities.

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Released 17 January 2019

This publication is a sequel to the OECD 2015 report on Social Impact Investment (SII), Building the Evidence Base, bringing new evidence on the role of SII in financing sustainable development. It depicts the state of play of SII approaches globally, comparing regional trends, and assesses its prospects, with a special focus on data issues and recent policy developments. Importantly, it provides new guidance for policy makers in OECD and non-OECD countries, as well as providers of development co-operation, development financers, social impact investment practitioners and the private sector more broadly, to help them maximise the contribution of social impact investing to the 2030 Agenda. In particular, it provides four sets of recommendations on financing, innovation, data and policy for delivering on the “impact imperative” of financing sustainable development.

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World Resources Institute

Released 21 January 2019

In 2017 several leading climate analysis organizations came together as part of the Mission 2020 campaign to define six milestones—in energy, transport, land use, industry, infrastructure, and finance—that would need to be met by 2020 to bend the curve in global greenhouse gas emissions and put the world on a pathway consistent with the Paris Agreement. To achieve each milestone, the organizations identified two or more outcomes, and this working paper takes stock of progress made toward those outcomes.

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Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)

released 16 January 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of a $443.3 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was informed by appropriate departmental advice and through processes that complied with the grants administration framework.

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