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Sustainability and urban transformation to improve people’s lives, is the focus of this week’s Future Cities National Forum, held at the University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne will be carbon neutral before 2030, achieve zero net emissions from electricity by 2021 and will now report annually on the institution’s sustainability impact and performance. 

CO2CRC Limited and The University of Melbourne will today open new $7.56 million emissions reduction laboratories aimed at providing clean, efficient and cost-effective energy for Australia.

Australians could see fewer suitable environments for the country’s iconic eucalypt trees within a generation, according to a new international research project.

Large parts of the Great Barrier Reef will have died off by the mid-2030s according to research examining the role of climate change in this year’s extreme coral bleaching event. This research confirmed studies that have predicted the decline of coral reefs across the planet by mid-century.

Fires are more prevalent on a Tuesday and less likely on a Sunday, according to a new University of Melbourne study, which highlights the dramatic effect humans, religion and culture have on the global climate.

Make no mistake about it – global warming is increasing the odds of hot, record-breaking weather conditions in Australia, say climate experts.

An international team, led by the University of Melbourne, has devised a method allowing countries to choose their own method of ‘fair’ emissions cuts, effectively creating a roadmap out of the climate negotiation gridlock.

Expert advice can often be compromised by human frailties – like their current mood or what their values are – and should be treated accordingly, University of Melbourne Professor Mark Burgman says.

Has Australia’s climate always been so dry? Have the tropical reefs around Australia always been there? What will happen to Australia’s climate and reefs in the future?

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