WaterAid

released 08 March 2019

This report reveals the countries where the largest populations live with physical water scarcity, how ballooning consumer demands jeopardise water access for the poorest and most marginalised people, and how making thoughtful choices as consumers can help ensure access to water for basic needs is prioritised – wherever you are in the world.

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The Australia Institute

released 15 March

This paper explains that cotton production does not fluctuate in response to flow variability as much as the industry and market commentators claim. Government and private storages,and water allocation policies,provide the industry with a much more regular water supply than the refrain of ‘when it doesn’t rain we get no water’ suggests. In fact,the Barwon-Darling/BarkaRiverand its people are labouring undera crushingbut unacknowledgedwater debt, owing waterto the irrigation industry, by virtue of state and Federal water management

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Parliamentary Library & Information Service, Department of Parliamentary Services, Brian Coffey

released 7 March 2019

This research investigates Victoria’s overarching approach to environmental governance. It provides an account of Victoria’s environment portfolio, how it has evolved to meet changing priorities, and what might be done in the future. The approach to research is informed by policy analysis, portfolio studies, and contemporary history.

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UN Environment

released 4 March 2019

The report, which was produced by 250 scientists and experts from more than 70 countries, says that either we drastically scale up environmental protections, or cities and regions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by mid-century. It also warns that pollutants in our freshwater systems will see anti-microbial resistance become a major cause of death by 2050 and endocrine disruptors impact male and female fertility, as well as child neurodevelopment.

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UN Environment

released 4 March 2019

The issues examined in Frontiers should serve as a reminder that, whenever we interfere with nature – whether at the global scale or the molecular level – we risk creating long-lasting impacts on our planetary home. But by acting with foresight and by working together, we can stay ahead of these issues and craft solutions that will serve us all, for generations to come.

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The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Robert Glasser

released 6 March 2019

This ASPI Special Report describes the evolution, attributes and consequences of the emerging Era of Disasters. It begins with a summary of the latest science on the impacts of climate change, drawing on the recently released UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Global warming of 1.5°C special report.15 Next, it explains why the dire findings of the scientific community in that report are likely to underestimate the future impacts, due to the difficulty of fully integrating compounding and cascading climate effects into the research and analysis.

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