The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

released 6 May 2019

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris.


United Nations Environment Programme

released 29 April 2019

This handbook is designed to provide jurists with an overview of environmental constitutionalism: to address what it is, the peculiar practical and procedural issues it presents, and how courts from around the globe have engaged it.


Monash Sustainable Development Institute

released 17 April 2019

Climate Risk and the Financial System, authored by Chris Barrett, Executive Director, Finance Strategy, at the European Climate Foundation, and Anna Skarbek, CEO of ClimateWorks Australia, sets out the risks to global finance posed by climate change, and how financial systems around the world are responding to these risks and seeking to capture the opportunities. Australia has been slower to grasp this new financial agenda, but its natural resources and sophisticated finance sector provide it with a powerful opportunity to catch up quickly, if it is willing to do so.


Climate Council

released 30 April 2019

The Climate Council’s report, ‘Climate Cuts, Cover-Ups and Censorship’ provides a detailed overview of the Australian government’s approach to climate change since the election of the Liberal-National Coalition government in 2013. The period is characterised by slashing climate science funding, cutting effective climate change programs, rejecting the expert advice of national and international bodies, senior ministers making publicly misleading claims, a lack of credible climate policy, and consistently covering up poor performance.


The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

released 29 April 2019

The Academy has published a major report identifying sustainability and climate change, productivity and health as the three key challenges that will need to be addressed within the transport sector over the next decade.