This handbook integrates health into planning to address the unhealthy and unsustainable conditions that are being built into the physical fabric of cities. Solving issues such as obesity, mental illness, growing health inequalities and climate vulnerability needs to involve tackling the social, economic and environmental determinants.
The Routledge Green City collection brings together their latest research articles covering aspects of the future of sustainability in urban environments. The articles will remain free to access until the end of the year.
This design book from Arup examines the ideas that help make great urban places – through design that is intelligent, beautiful, green, resilient, responsible and future-facing.
This research surveyed 45 natural forest remnants across the rapidly urbanising City of Gold Coast to quantify the distribution and abundance of hollow-bearing trees. The results highlight the value of urban forest remnants in maintaining the functional capacity of urban landscapes for biodiversity by protecting hollow-bearing trees as habitat resources. This information will assist conservation managers and planners.
The August 2015 issue of Decision Point takes a critical look at biodiversity offsets – their pros, cons, strengths and weaknesses.
A new paper from the Office of the Chief Scientist highlights how partnerships between scientists and the community are strengthening Australia’s research capacity, solving real world problems and enhancing our awareness of science.
Since 2010, the State of Australian Cities reports have examined the progress being made in our major cities. The State of Australian Cities 2014–2015 once again looks at the drivers behind some of the public policy issues facing the country today and into the future.
Released after State of Australian Cities 2014–2015, this policy platform calls for new investment in our cities recommending renewed action by all governments to increase the productivity, prosperity and liveability of Australia’s cities, and delivers clear next steps for all spheres of government. It includes the call for the Australian Government to appoint a Minister for Cities.
The Threatened Species Strategy establishes a five-year Action Plan across four areas: tackling feral cats, creating safe havens for species most at risk, improving habitat, and intervening in emergencies to avert extinctions.
The State of Australia’s Birds Report series tracks trends in bird populations and their health. The 2015 State of Australia’s Birds Report marks the beginning of a new era, with the introduction of the ground breaking Australian Bird Index. The index relies on the efforts of thousands of citizen scientists and researchers across Australia.