The current catastrophic Australian summer bushfire season has placed beyond doubt the fact that we are now living in the Anthropocene era. Human activity is now the dominant influence on climate and the environment, with monumental consequences.
The Anthropocene means business NOT as usual. A new period of tremendous human disruptions to the living systems of planet Earth, with profound implications for human health, energy, climate, our ecosystems, politics, law, economies, and scientific and cultural endeavour.
The Grand Challenge on Thriving in the Anthropocene will position UNSW at the forefront of Anthropocene thinking – shining a light on how we thrive, not merely survive, in this new era of human-making.
Professors Anthony Burke and Ben Newell lead the Grand Challenge on Thriving in the Anthropocene.
Through his research and design work, Dr Guy Keulemans illustrates how we can preserve and enrich our culture through repair and reuse.
From finding packaging solutions in bananas to using citizen science to track bush regeneration, UNSW Sydney researchers are using nature – and each other – to help tackle global problems.
Associate Professor Brett Hallam has been named the 2020 recipient of the IEEE Stuart R Wenham Young Professional Award, for outstanding contributions to photovoltaics technology.
Without antibiotics, we may find ourselves facing a host of new incurable diseases, even as the world grapples with COVID-19.
A hundred years from now, will you be taking a pill or using your own cells to cure disease? This is just one of the predictions from four futurists who imagine how some of our biggest challenges will play out.
The disasters have come one after another. While they may not be entirely preventable, we can take many practical steps tailored to local needs and conditions to reduce the impacts on our cities.
For many coastal regions, sea-level rise is a looming crisis threatening our coastal society, livelihoods and coastal ecosystems.