Global change

Major sustainability challenges are global in scope, driven by global changes such as climate change, and only addressable through international research, policy and institutional mechanisms. The Fenner School undertakes research and education in the science of global change, adaptation research, the evolution of human-environment relationships, and governance aspects of responses to global change (eg):

  • Climate change: science, adaptation and mitigation
  • Extreme events, disasters and emergencies
  • Global environmental governance
  • The anthropocene: evolution of human-environment relationships.

Highlights

Adding value to the PNG balsa industry

Balsa wood is a material one might use to make a model aeroplane as it is light-weight and durable. Indeed, it is a remarkably strong building...

Feeding our cities: counting the environmental cost

Humanity faces the daunting challenge of feeding nine billion people by 2050. Experts forecast that by then, about 70 per cent of the population will...

Financing global climate change action

Combating climate change is a global challenge, yet the impacts will fall most heavily on poor and vulnerable populations. Consequently rich,...

Food for thought as china’s cities grow

The growth of China’s cities is increasing wealth in the country, but it's coming at a cost. The economic boom is forcing farmers to move aside and...

Going South for the Summer

Long-distance travel lets species track comfortable climates
Many birds migrate each year to avoid the harshest cold of winter and hottest heat of summer. Globally, on longer time scales, most other animals and...

Protecting Kalahari lions

About 100,000 years ago in the late Pleistocene period, lions were the most widespread large mammal after man. Since that time, lions’ range and...

The Murray-Darling Basin and Australia's water future

Science for Solutions
  Why is the Murray-Darling Basin important? What are the key environmental and social concerns?  The Murray-Darling Basin is critical to Australia’s...

The Murray-Darling Basin and Australia's water future

Science for Solutions
  Why is the Murray-Darling Basin important? What are the key environmental and social concerns?  The Murray-Darling Basin is critical to Australia’s...

News

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Jun
2018
Professor Brian Walker, Research Fellow from the CSIRO and Honorary Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU, has received international recognition for...
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May
2018
In 2015 the world’s urban population was almost 4 billion people. The United Nations predicts this figure will grow by an additional 2.3 billion over the next three decades with a...
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Apr
2018
On 28 March 2018, 22 experts from research, government and industry came together in Canberra to discuss the use of Earth Observations (EO) for a range of water-related...
10
Apr
2018
The Lesslie Endowment provides grants to ANU research students and has supported research into issues including evidence-based ecological management in protected areas, conserving...
06
Apr
2018
New research suggests some Australian ecosystems are more threatened than might be suggested by looking at vegetation loss alone, writes Dr Ayesha Tulloch (University of Sydney),...
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Mar
2018
Canberra is globally unique as a planned city in a forest. As with many other elements of their design for the new capital, the Griffin’s vision of Canberra was ahead of its time...
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Mar
2018
An urban environment expert at The Australian National University (ANU) has warned that city councils acting alone to address climate change, in the absence of an evidence-based...

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