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Australia needs to be assured of sufficient energy resources to meet its requirements in the foreseeable future. What new and emerging changes in the form of types of energy and its production might occur over this period?

Wildfires, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change

Until recently, carbon released into the atmosphere from wildfires was not considered a significant component of atmospheric greenhouse gas as it was assumed that over the climatic cycle this carbon would be returned to vegetative re-growth. In Australia this may well be the case. Globally, however, a growing body of evidence suggests that carbon produced by wildfires is making a significant contribution to the volume of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere where it contributes to climate change.

From the CEO: The National Soils Advocate

7 September 2020 | From the CEO, Other FDI Reports

Last week, the Prime Minister announced that a former Governor of Queensland and distinguished Australian diplomat, Hon. Penelope Wensley, AC, would be the next National Soils Advocate. In making the announcement, the Prime Minister also thanked General Jeffery – our founder, former Chairman and current Patron – for his tireless advocacy in promoting soil health across Australia and internationally.

Atmospheric Carbon Drawdown – A Global Imperative

To meet the targets set by the Paris climate change conference, greenhouse gas may have to be actively removed from the atmosphere and stored indefinitely. Carbon capture and storage technology will also have a key role in reducing future greenhouse gas emissions. Storage deep underground, in the oceans and in the soil, are some of the possible options but there are technological, financial, environment and time considerations.

FDI Outlook and Analysis During COVID-19 Pandemic

After several weeks of COVID-19 lockdown, we are gradually emerging and relaxing our social distancing obligations. FDI will re-start its publication process from next week with the production of three papers per week. On Tuesday and Thursday, we will issue either a Strategic Analysis Paper, an Associate Paper or a Feature Interview. Our Wednesday edition will continue the Strategic Weekly Analysis that covers three items of immediate interest.

FDI Outlook and Analysis for 2020

21 January 2020 | From the CEO, Other FDI Reports

In 2020, FDI’s research will continue to focus on three areas: determining whether there will be a global food and water crisis between now and 2050; geostrategic developments, including opportunities and challenges for Australia, in the Indian Ocean region over the next 25 years; and what environmental and other challenges Australia might face in the development of northern Australia over the next 25 years and how these challenges might be met.

FDI Research in 2019 and Intentions for 2020

12 December 2019 | Other FDI Reports

In 2020, FDI’s research will continue to focus on three areas: determining whether there will be a global food and water crisis between now and 2050; geostrategic developments, including opportunities and challenges for Australia, in the Indian Ocean region over the next 25 years; and what environmental and other challenges might Australia face in the development of northern Australia over the next 25 years and how might these challenges be met.

Marine Plastics in Northern Australian Waters: Targeted Aid Will Help Indonesia to Help Us

By working together to find ways of combatting environmental risks to Australia’s northern coast from marine plastic pollution, closer regional relationships can be achieved.

Continuing the Dialogue on Combatting Marine Plastic Pollution

A continuing, international level emphasis is being placed on a range of mechanisms, designed to reduce the prevalence of marine plastic waste and micro-plastics in the world’s oceans. Correspondingly, there is a heightened focus on developing new packing materials and reducing the production of environmentally harmful plastics.

China, the United States and the Taiwan Factor

While much attention is paid to the economic aspects of China–US tensions, the Trump Administration is increasingly adopting a whole-of-government approach towards countering China. One outcome of that approach is the use of the relationship with Taiwan to thwart China’s ambitions.

Xi’s European Tour and the Splintering of the European Union

President Xi’s European trip may have resulted in multi-billion-dollar agreements with France and Italy, but it has also deepened the growing schisms in the European Union.

Publication Guide

  • Associate papers are primary source assessments written by FDI associates. The assessment topics range from regional bilateral relationships and opportunities and challenges in our neighbouring countries.

  • Feature interviews are interviews conducted by an FDI Research Manager. Interview topics range from the sustainability of our planet to the improved provision of emergency food aid.

  • Normally issued in hardcopy, these represent a comprehensive study of one of FDI’s four research areas.

  • Strategic alerts are priority current intelligence items. We provide these alerts when events such as military deployments or foreign election results occur.

  • A 1500 to 3000 word, single topic assessment.

  • A number of short articles addressing current intelligence topics, issued each week.

  • A record of discussions resulting from a single, or series of, roundtable conferences.

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