US COASTAL MANAGEMENT UNDER TRUMP

The election of Joe Biden as President will surely bring changes to ways of managing environmental issues at various scales in the USA. This has already been foreshadowed with the nominations for cabinet positions, including the role of John Kerry on climate change. Read More

2020: A COASTAL PERSPECTIVE

Many have used the term “unprecedented” to define 2020. Very few will lament its passing. Much has been written of its fires, Covid 19, political actions (or inactions), injustices and different ways of conducting business. Yes, it was exceptional and for those of us with coastal interests there was plenty to remember. Read More

EPBC ACT CHANGES –WILL THEY BE WORTH THE EFFORT?

Legislation before the Senate provides an opportunity to address declining environmental conditions in Australia. However, the emphasis has been on streamlining the approvals process and devolving federal powers to the states and territories. Unless changed, this legislation will mean that on-going causes of decline will continue and be exacerbated by forces of climate change. Read More

TWO JIMS—BOWLER AND COLEMAN

One of the pleasures of a professional life is to work with colleagues who contribute so much to Quaternary geology, geomorphology, and sedimentology. Two such colleagues are James Maurice Bowler and James Malcolm Coleman. Read More

AUSTRALIA UNDER THREAT—WHAT TO DO NEXT?

“The situation is hopeless. We must take the next step” (P. Casals). Unless there is a turn-around in global emissions, the planet is faced with a dire climate-driven future. Australia is recognised as a nation under great threat. Within one- or two-decades lifestyles and livelihoods will be forced to adapt to conditions never before experienced. Read More

SHORELINE RESPONSES TO SEA-LEVEL RISE

The topic of shoreline behaviour in relation to sea-level rise has long attracted debate. This is evident in recent publications and responses in the international literature regarding a paper published earlier this by Vousdoukas et al. on “Sandy coastlines under threat of erosion” in Nature Climate Change. Read More

LEGACY ISSUES AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT

Coastal managers frequently find themselves in a quandary. Actions taken in the past, sometimes legally sometimes not, have left behind legacies which today are noted for adverse effects. In a world of increased population growth and development in coastal locations and the threats posed by global warming, these legacy issues loom large in thinking how best they can be managed. Read More