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There is growing recognition of the importance of biogenic emissions on atmospheric chemistry and air quality within urban air-sheds (especially in cities surrounded by densely forested regions). A collaborative campaign involving the University of Wollongong and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) will involve running the Biogenic Ambient Atmospheric Sampling System (BAASS) for state-of-the-science measurements of the chemicals emitted by trees (biogenic volatile organic compounds or VOCs). The campaign will begin in earnest in the coming weeks and will form the prelude to the larger scale International campaign COALA (Characterising Organics and Aerosol Loading in Australia). Find out more here.
Urban nature has a critical role in the future liveability of cities - helping to improve our health and wellbeing, mitigate climate change and provide habitat for threatened species. CAUL Hub researchers Sarah Bekessy and Nicholas Williams have collaborated with Georgia Garrard from the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub on a Conversation article that explains how to build nature into the urban fabric using biodiversity-sensitive urban design.
CAUL Hub hosted another in our series of Future Urban Forest Horizon Scanning Workshops, with Lund University’s International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) and the University of Tasmania. Cathy Oke, Judy Bush, Dave Kendal and Kes McKormick met with researchers and practitioners from Scandinavia to discuss the European urban forest in 2100. Cathy was also invited to present at the IIIEE City Futures Conference - an exploration of collaborations between science and society for sustainable solutions. Check out the conference summary slides here. Cathy and Judy were also interviewed by IIIEE research students for their monthly podcast on nature-based solutions and citizen engagement, check it out here.
Luke Briscoe, CEO of INDIGILAB and member of the CAUL Hub Indigenous Advisory Group, spoke at the STREAMS connect conference in Sydney on 24 October. Luke will be joining other First Nations Practitioners, sustainable thought leaders, scientists and educators to discuss how the ever-increasing levels of technology in our everyday lives can impact teaching and learning about sustainability.
Kylie Soanes and Sarah Bekessy recently spoke at the Extinction in/around Australia symposium, hosted by the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne. The symposium centred on understandings of extinction and how we articulate the loss of species and ecosystems. Both Kylie and Sarah were able to bring some optimism to the day by focussing on renewal and the potential to generate positive human-nature interactions in cities.
Ever wondered how the liveability of Melbourne and Sydney compares? The RMIT Centre for Urban Research has recently released liveability scorecards for Australia’s two biggest cities, mapping key liveability indicators and suggesting priority recommendations for the policies of each city. Billie Giles-Corti, Julianna Rozek, Lucy Gunn and Melanie Davern compared the outcomes of each study in a Conversation article.
As part of National Science Week celebrations, hubs in the National Environmental Science Program came together to host Indigenous Science Conversations at Questacon in Canberra. It was wonderful to hear the inspiring First Nations speakers share their lived experience of the place of First Peoples in science. Following a short Q&A session with the panellists, there was an opportunity for the audience to write questions on cards for follow up after the events. We received over 30 questions and are currently working our way through these. Find responses that CAUL Hub’s Indigenous Knowledge Broker has provided here.
A new collaborative paper on the seven principles (or lamps) of planning for urban biodiversity has been published in the journal Cities. The paper outlines practical, strategic opportunities to facilitate a paradigm shift toward planning for the ‘more-than-human’. The paper is accompanied by a Pursuit article, ‘Making cities work for every urban-dweller,’ written by Kirsten Parris and Marco Amati.
The CAUL Hub published a NAIDOC Week Edition of the Urban Beat newsletter, edited by our Indigenous Knowledge Broker Zena Cumpston. The 2018 NAIDOC theme is Because of Her, We Can! This special NAIDOC newsletter showcases the voices and perspectives of Australia's First People and focuses on the social, cultural and political power of First Nations women. Read it here.

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