Sustainable development

A large storm depicted by rolling grey clouds looms in the sky above Sydney Harbour. Image Richard Hirst.

With extreme events impacting our cities more than ever before, twenty-two experts from around the globe have the technological, environmental and social answers.

Oceans are the planet’s largest life-support system. The launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is an important opportunity for Australia as a nation girt by sea.

Looking up at a eucalptus forest canopy

Those who know the price of everything are said to know the value of nothing – but could measuring the value of nature help preserve it?

Agriculture uses an array of chemicals to control weeds, pests and diseases. However, a systems approach to reduce, redesign or replace chemical use will be needed to meet new demands.

Crop dusting chemicals on to a field

Throughout human history, pests have greatly impacted agriculture and society through crop failure. In modern times, chemical solutions to the problem have been hit and miss.

The front cover of the Second World Ocean Assessment, showing the title, volume and a fisheye image of divers swimming over a coral reef.

CSIRO’s contribution to the United Nations’ Second World Ocean Assessment has showcased Australia’s world-leading marine science expertise.

Graphic of an offshore ocean environment including aquaculture, and wind farms

As the pandemic impacts industries across the world, managing ocean resources sustainably is more important than ever to spur new marine and economic opportunities.

seagrass

Natural capital accounting can help fisheries businesses assess the risks and opportunities associated with the ecosystem assets they rely on.

Fava beans in someone's hand

CSIRO Futures Lead Economist, Dr Katherine Wynn, discusses how investment and innovation in Australian agribusiness could drive billions of dollars in economic growth.