Pillar 4: Climate and environment

The ultimate guide to why the COP26 summit ended in failure and disappointment (despite a few bright spots)

ROB HALES AND BRENDAN MACKEY | After two hard-fought weeks of negotiations, the Glasgow climate change summit is, at last, over. All 197… Read More

The fate of our planet depends on the next few days of complex diplomacy in Glasgow. Here’s what needs to go right

WESLEY MORGAN | A new, grim projection, released overnight by Climate Action Tracker, has dashed the cautious optimism following last week’s commitments at… Read More

COP26: it’s half-time at the crucial Glasgow climate change summit—and here’s the score

WESLEY MORGAN | The first week of the United Nations climate talks in Glasgow is drawing to a close. While there’s still a… Read More

A new climate for human rights

SUSAN HARRIS RIMMER, CHRISTIAN LANE AND WESLEY MORGAN | This week the world turns its attention to the United Nations climate summit… Read More

Glasgow showdown: Pacific islands demand global leaders bring action, not excuses, to UN summit

WESLEY MORGAN | The Pacific islands are at the frontline of climate change. But as rising seas threaten their very existence, these tiny… Read More

What is COP26 and why does the fate of Earth, and Australia’s prosperity, depend on it?

WESLEY MORGAN | In just over two weeks, more than 100 world leaders will gather in the Scottish industrial city of Glasgow for… Read More

Road to COP26: Innovative sources of funding for climate action in the Pacific

NIC MACLELLAN | Global climate negotiations through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have focussed on targets for mitigation and the need… Read More

Matching strategic and defence policy to the climate challenge

BRENDAN SARGEANT | Australia is experiencing a series of cascading crises. While the most immediate is the Covid-19 pandemic, the global and regional strategic… Read More

Preparing Australia to respond to disasters—at home and abroad

PETER LAYTON | The COVID pandemic relentlessly rolls on but prescribed burns have now also begun across Australia as the next bushfire… Read More

Road to COP26: Timeline of Pacific diplomacy

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    ‘Climate diplomacy’ encompasses the interactions, practices and protocols through which state and non-state actors advance and negotiate their… Read More

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Our research focuses on the trade and business, politics, governance, security, economies and development of the Asia Pacific and their significance for Australia. Griffith University is committed to advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the region.