Anthropocene Now?

The current rate of temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide increase is almost unprecedented in Earth’s entire 4.5-billion-year geological history. The only other time global temperatures and conditions changed this dramatically was when an asteroid hit the Earth 66 million years ago, famously triggering an age of mass extinction and a rapid increase of 5 °C in global temperatures that lasted for roughly 100,000 years.

Preparing for the Inevitable: what a 50°C day means for Victoria’s food system

On the 3rd of July, the record for the average global air temperature was broken. The northern hemisphere’s summer reminds us that extreme heat events may be just around the corner. A 50°C day, which climate scenarios gave small comfort was still some time off, could happen any time. How prepared is Victoria’s food system?

A Pathway to Value Victoria’s Flora

One of the challenges of resolving the biodiversity crisis is making it a part of the Victorian community’s consciousness. In a world with so many competing problems, the silent destruction of our unique plants struggles for attention. Gordon Noble offers three simple “nudges” to drive investment in protecting and restoring Victoria’s flora.

On the RSV’s Response to the Biodiversity Crisis

The recognition, management, and mitigation of the increasing risk posed by biodiversity loss is not yet a regular part of risk management, as climate change has become. There is still work to do to raise awareness of the economic impact of biodiversity loss, and then to manage and reverse this impact. “Towards Conservation and Recovery of Victoria’s Biodiversity” provides recommendations and practical actions to assist us all.

Championing Translation & Commercialisation of Australian Medical Research

Australia has a vibrant medical technology and pharmaceutical (MTP) sector, recognised globally for its excellence and innovation. With nearly 1,300 companies and an exceptionally skilled workforce of 68,000 across industry and research, the MTP sector is a major contributor to the Australian economy. Dr Rebecca Tunstall from MTPConnect leads collaborative teams to drive connectivity, innovation and productivity in the sector.