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Dr Judith Ajani - Native Forests for bioenergy or biodiversity? (November 10 2011)

Dr Judith Ajani

, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society

Australia’s forestry industry and foresters argue that, from a climate change perspective, we should substitute…

SURF, TURF and CURF: A Sustainable Regional Future (August 01 2011)

Professor Barbara Norman

, Canberra Urban and Regional Futures Program

A new national urban policy, climate change, regional development and sustainable population statements…

Space science and Climate change (May 17 2011)

Professor Alan Smith and Dr Ady James

As part of Mt Stromlo’s centenary celebrations for 2011, this lecture series provides an opportunity to hear…

Dr Martin Parkinson, Secretary for the Department of Climate Change

Climate Change and the Australian Reform Agenda (June 28 2010)

Dr Martin Parkinson

, Secretary, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

This lecture is the ninth annual Sir Leslie Melville Lecture presented by the Australian National University.

The introduction of an emissions trading scheme in Australia constitutes a significant…

Planet Earth

Observing climate change effects using the Earth’s gravity field (May 26 2010)

Dr Michael Watkins

, NASA Jet Propulsion Labratory

The Earth's gravity field varies from place to place and from one day to the next. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is a revolutionary satellite system that allows scientists to use…

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China’s Development and Managing its Environmental Responsibilities (May 25 2010)

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

, Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage

In this panel discussion, members will explore the interaction between China's economic development and it'd environmental responsibilities, from a range of social, political, environmental and economic…

Dr Martin Parkinson, Secretary for the Department of Climate Change

Six Months After Copenhagen: What’s next, and where does Australia stand? (May 13 2010)

Dr Martin Parkinson

, Secretary, Department of Climate Change

This symposium brought together key experts to discuss the future of Climate Change action in Australia, 6 months after the Copenhagen Climate Change summit.

Dr Judith Ajani, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU

Australia’s Forestry Industry Crisis: How it happened and what to do (May 06 2010)

Dr Judith Ajani

, Economist, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU

Many plantation managed investment companies have collapsed. A pulp mill proposal struggles to find financiers. A stock exchange listed forestry company requests a share trading halt while it tries…

Global Climate Change: Perspectives from the Past (April 22 2010)

Dr Bradley Opdyke

, President, ACT Division of the Geological Society of Australia

People are constantly asking how today's climate compares with detailed climate records from tens of thousands of years ago to tens of millions of years ago. To the best of our knowledge, we have to…

Dr Aaron Bernstein

More than meets the eye: conservation as a public health imperative (April 16 2010)

Dr Aaron Bernstein

, Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston

Biodiversity loss, namely a reduction in the variety of life on Earth, continues relatively unabated worldwide. Biodiversity loss represents far more than a loss to experience nature's beauty or to…

Professor Will Steffen

Climate Change 2010: Where do we go from here? (March 10 2010)

Professor Will Steffen

, Executive Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute

Over the past few months, the climate change challenge has taken some odd twists and turns. The COP15 meeting in Copenhagen was widely condemned in the press as a failure; the Australian Government…

Post Copenhagen: Where do we go now

Post Copenhagen: Where do we go now? (February 23 2010)

Hosted by Professor Will Steffen

, Executive Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute

What really went on at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference? Was it a fiasco or a positive step forward? Those are some of the questions that were addressed by a panel of experts at The Australian…


Climate Change and Global Health (November 16 2009)

Professor Tony McMichael and Professor John Mackenzie

, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health, ANU and Formerly of the World Health Organisation

Climate change raises a number of challenges to human wellbeing, among these is the threat to our health. In combination with climate change, large-scale global environmental changes such…

Rod Quantock

Thirsty Work (October 21 2009)

Rod Quantock, Comedian, Writer and Climate Change Activist

Rod Quantock says, "If climate change doesn't scare you, then you don't get the science." Fortunately Quantock does, and when he gives you his take on the physics, chemistry, biology, geology, palaeontology,…

Professor Ross Garnaut

One Year After the Garnaut Climate Change Review (September 14 2009)

Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Distinguished Professor, The Australian National University

Professor Ross Garnaut presented the final report of the Garnaut Climate Change Review to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 30 September 2008, the morning of the largest ever one day…


Coal: The Elephant in the Room (September 10 2009)

John Ashton, Special Representative for Climate Change, The United Kingdoms Foreign and Commonwealth Office

John Ashton, Special Representative for Climate Change at the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office presented a public lecture called, Coal: The Elephant in the Room

Emeritus Professor Ian Ferguson

Fires, Forests and Futures (August 26 2009)

Emeritus Professor Ian Ferguson , Forest & Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne

The sustainability of the Ash forests of Victoria is contentious for a number of reasons, not least because of the pressures of population and economic growth, and climate change on their diverse uses.…

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs

Energy Security and Climate Change in Europe (May 19 2009)

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Energy

The world faces monumental challenges of ensuring energy supply can meet ever growing needs, while urgently reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The current course we are on will see global energy demand…

Powering the Planet: The Challenge for Science in the 21st Century (April 15 2009)

Professor Daniel G. Nocera, Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

The supply of secure, clean, sustainable energy is arguably the most important scientific and technical challenge facing humanity in the 21st century. Rising living standards of a growing world population…

Dr Guy Pearse

Quarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom (April 01 2009)

Dr Guy Pearse, Environmental Advocate & Author

In this lecture Dr Guy Pearse will spoke about the mindset that sees Australia's greatest asset as its mineral and energy resources - coal especially, asking how has this distorted our national…

Professor Marc Mangel

Ecology, Conservation, and Public Policy: A Vision for the 21st Century (March 10 2009)

Professor Marc Mangel, University of California, Santa Cruz

One of the great challenges of this century is to answer the question: How
do we bring first class basic science to bear on important applied
problems? Although the path is not completely…

Charting the Course Towards a Low Carbon Economy (November 27 2008)

Dr Martin Parkinson, Secretary, Department of Climate Change

The presentation focuses on three key questions on climate change: what set of policies are desirable? What are the impacts of policy action, and is global action achievable?

The first question…

Andrew Macintosh

Do Garnaut’s targets add up? (November 18 2008)

Andrew Macintosh, Associate Director, ANU Centre for Climate Law and Policy

On Friday, 5 September 2008, Professor Ross Garnaut released his much awaited supplementary draft report on targets and trajectories. The report argues that Australia's mid- and long-term targets should…

Sunita Narain

2008 K R Narayanan Oration Why Environmentalism Needs Equity (September 16 2008)

Ms Sunita Narain, Director of the Centre for Science & Environment and Director of the Society for Environmental Communications

"Why Environmentalism Needs Equity: Learning from the environmentalism of the poor to build our common future". Ms Sunita Narain, Director of the Centre for Science & Environment; Director…

Richard Carson

The Evolution of Economic Policy on Climate Change (August 21 2008)

Richard Carson, Professor of Economics, University of California

ANU Trevor Swan Distinguished Lectures in Economics

The lecture traces the outlines of economic thinking on climate change. Two competing paradigms are reviewed: (1) modelling of greenhouse gases…

Building on Kyoto: Towards a Realistic Global Climate Agreement and What Australia Should Do (July 03 2008)

Professor Warwick McKibbin, Director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU College of Business and Economics

As a mechanism for controlling climate change, the Kyoto Protocol has not been a success. Over the decade from it’s signing in 1997 to the beginning of its first commitment period in 2008, greenhouse…

Professor Ross Garnaut

Measuring the Immeasurable: The Costs & Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation (June 05 2008)

Professor Ross Garnaut, Professor of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies

Decisions on whether and how much mitigation of the risks of dangerous climate change is justified raises exceptional challenges. In this lecture Professor Garnaut discusses the issues that arise when…

Emeritus Professor Ted Moore

Messages from the Past: The Warm Earth We Know (May 13 2008)

Emeritus Professor Ted Moore

As a pioneer in paleoceanography who has contributed to three generations of scientific ocean drilling programs, Ted Moore questions whether lessons learned from Earth's past will help us better appreciate…

Professor Anette Reenberg

Global Land Uses - Changes, Consequences & Challenges (March 18 2008)

Professor Anette Reenberg

Human driven changes to the land surface have wide ranging influence on the functioning of the Earth System. The intensity of land cover change has increased rapidly over the last three hundred years,…

Professor Ross Garnaut

Must Climate Change End The Platinum Age (November 29 2007)

Professor Ross Garnaut, Professor of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific

In the inaugural S.T. Lee Lecture on Asia and the Pacific Professor Garnaut asks: How the risks of climate change will interact with the 'Platinum Age' of global economic growth? What are the limits…

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Emissions Trading for Australia: Leader or Laggard? (August 09 2007)

Moderated by Professor Will Steffen, Director, ANU Fenner School of Enfionment and Society; Convener, ANU Institute for Environment

Will emissions trading harm or benefit the economy? Can emissions trading get Australia to a low emissions future? What is the right way toward an effective post-Kyoto international scheme?


Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri

Coping with Climate Change: Is Development in India and the World Sustainable? (August 08 2007)

Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute

2007 K R Narayanan Oration

Recent high rates of economic growth in India and other parts of the developing world, while reducing poverty and raising global…

Planet Earth

Debunking ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ (July 13 2007)

Associate Professor Janette Lindesay, Professor Robert Dunbar, Professor Malcolm McCulloch

Leading expert scientists from ANU and Stanford University presented critiques of the ABC televised program from the previous evening entitled 'The Great Global Warming Swindle'. The forum was then opened…

Dr Andrew Glikson

Geological Perspectives on Climate Change (June 20 2007)

Dr Andrew Glikson, Department of Earth and Marine Science and Planetary Science Institute, ANU

Throughout Earth’s history, mass extinctions of species were closely related to physical and chemical changes in the atmosphere and the oceans. These variations were controlled by heat from the…

Clive Hamilton

The Dirty Politics of Climate Change (May 08 2007)

Clive Hamilton, Executive Director, Australia Institute

2007 may be the year in which climate change has hit the headlines and the environment has become the political issue, but how much do we know really know about the backroom deals, lobbying and power…

Vanessa Woods

It’s Every Monkey for Themselves (March 07 2007)

Vanessa Woods, Writer, researcher, freelance journalist

Taking off to mend a broken heart, Vanessa Woods left safe, suburban Canberra and headed for the remote, wild and distinctly unsafe jungles of Costa Rica. She was stung so often by killer bees she developed…

Dr David Suzuki

Meet the Author: David Suzuki (October 17 2006)

Dr David Suzuki, Chair, David Suzuki Foundation

In this last lecture tour of Australia, acclaimed environmentalist and scientist Dr David Suzuki tells the story of his passion for the planet – a passion that for several decades he has brought…

Professor Warwick J McKibbin

An Architecture for International Cooperation on Climate Change (October 12 2006)

Professor Warwick J McKibbin, Executive Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

The Fifth Annual Sir Leslie Melville Lecture was presented by Professor Warwick J McKibbin.  Sir Leslie Melville’s legacy includes the design and establishment of…

Dr Jane Goodall

Reason for Hope (July 19 2006)

Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace

Dr Jane Goodall is known worldwide as a passionate environmental advocate. At the heart of her mission is a 46-year research and conservation project studying humanity’s closest relative –…