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ISA in the Media

ISA research and consulting has been in the media for more than 20 years:

  • 19 April 2018, IT News reports on ISA's DFAT grant to promote the Australia-Indonesia Virtual Lab developed by Futu Faturay and Manfred Lenzen at the University of Sydney, in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Finance. The virtual lab will be a collaborative online environment in which Indonesian and Australian researchers and analysts can share their data, tools and insights on sustainable development issues of interest to both countries.
  • 17 January 2018, Motufoua Secondary School in Tuvalu has won the tenth annual Zayed Future Energy Prize Global High Schools Award for Oceania in Abu Dhabi, for its programme involving the use of renewable energy, rainwater collection and re-use, waste recycling and sustainable food production. The high school's award-winning submission involved an innovative scheme that included using solar power and biogas in the school's kitchen. The biogas is produced at the school's piggery that is cleaned by rainwater which is also used for a vegetable garden. The High School team was mentored by a former Sustainable Islands Program participant, Sulufaiga Uota, who drew on her experiences with biogas generation from a pig farm on Norfolk Island.
  • 24 October 2017, ISA's Eora MRIO database is used for modelling the effects of poverty eradication in a carbon constrained world .
  • 31 July 2017, a joint collaboration between the United Nations SDSN Andes Secretariat, ISA University of Sydney and Yachay Tech University results in a report on the Influence of Economic Structures on the Sustainable Development Goals - effects from, to and within the Andean region .
  • 31 July 2017, ISA's research on biodiversity and nitrogen footprints features in the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network report on Global Responsibilities - International spillovers in achieving the goals .
  • 31 July 2017, ISA's Eora MRIO database was selected for the International Monetary Fund's for their calculation of Trade in Value Added. In this report, the IMF writes that "Overall, the scatterplots presented reassure us that Eora and OECD-WTO TiVA statistics are generally consistent with one another. Given this, we can feel somewhat more comfortable using Eora for countries for which the OECD-WTO data are not available. [...] The global Eora MRIO tables offer a rich unified cross-country dataset which can be used to calculate trade in value-added statistics for almost all countries starting in 1990".
  • 24 June 2017, ISA's data and research are used for the ABC's compass 6pm Ethically Challenged show.
  • 9 March 2017, ISA's Eora MRIO database is used by the International Monetary Fund for their analysis of Revisiting the Link between Trade, Growth and Inequality : Lessons for Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • 22 September 2016, ISA's Manfred Lenzen named amongst six Sydney University Researchers in Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers 2016 report.
  • 20 July 2016, CSIRO, Vienna University, Institute of Social Ecology, ifeu Heidelberg, Nagoya University and ISA launch their UNEP report on Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity at the High Level Policy Forum and press conference in New York. The report and the summary for policy makers are now available online.
  • 26 January 2016, ISA publishes results of ARC-funded research in Nature Geoscience. The findings suggest that substantial nitrogen pollution is embedded in international trade. Interestingly, four countries are responsible for almost half the world's emissions. ISA's findings are widely reported in the press, eg The Guardian, BBC World Service, New Vision, Carbon Brief, The Economic Times , 3 News, Market Business News, The Times of India, web India 123, E&T Magazine, Dispatch Tribunal, Pacific Standard, Scicasts, Laboratory Equipment,, EurekAlert, The Marshalltown, Science World Report, estrella digital, Prensa Latina, El Diario Montanes, Tendencias21, Catch News, Science Daily, La Repubblica, CIRE, PHYS ORG, Science 2.0, Yahoo News, QUO, ECOticias, Earth Island Journal, The Economic Times, ABC News 24, ABC Radio National, and a Nature Geoscience News and Views commentary. Press releases: Nature Geoscience, University of Sydney, Yokohama National University.
  • 21 January 2016, ISA's Manfred Lenzen named amongst six Sydney University Researchers in Thomson Reuters' World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 report.
  • 25 August 2015, Deloitte publishes the report "Consumption-based emissions analysis - a different way of looking at emissions". This is the second report in Deloitte Access Economics' Carbon Analytics series supported by Origin Energy, which aims to provide new insights and foster informed debate on current issues affecting carbon emissions from the energy sector in Australia. The report uses ISA's Eora MRIO database.
  • 13 November 2014, ISA's Honorary Fellow Barney Foran, through Charles Sturt University and in collaboration with KGM & Associates, has released a new top-level report on the G20's global impact, using the Eora MRIO database. This resource details the 'blood pressure' indicators of the world's top twenty economies, the G20. Twenty brief reports based on consumption accounting methods present the critical economic, social and environmental measures that underpin how each country works. Behind it is a database that brings together the economic, employment and physical structures of 187 countries. Globalised trade is fully reconciled through the analysis of more than five billion global value chains (GVCs) that operate within domestic economies and throughout the world trade routes.
  • 7 October 2014, Lesley Hughes from the Climate Council and Manfred Lenzen talk about the biodiversity crisis at Sydney Ideas.
  • 18 August 2014, CSIRO's ECOS Magazine carries a short popular science article summarising ISA's research on international trade and biodiversity decline.
  • 15 July 2014, The Linden Gallery carries an exhibit about ISA's Eora MRIO database.
  • 20 June 2014, ISA's Eora MRIO database is used in the African Economic Outlook for enumerating global value chains in Africa.
  • 4 March 2014, The Business Insider comments on ISA analysis on global master-servant relationships by Ali Alsamawi, Joy Murray and Manfred Lenzen, reaching 4 million unique viewers.
  • 27 February 2014, The Conversation carries analysis by Joy Murray and Ali Alsamawi, including an interactive map, explaining how social footprints can add to our understanding of how inequality-implicated commodities move around the world.
  • 5 February 2014, The journal Nature features a commentary authored by Anders Levermann from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, mentioning ISA's Eora database: "On the basis of data collected by Manfred Lenzen, a professor of sustainability research at the University of Sydney, Australia, and his colleagues, we estimate that if not replaced, the cessation of exports from the Philippines, for example from fisheries and agriculture, would affect 6% of US production directly. The potential secondary effect, mainly through the retail trade, would be larger and could affect 21% of US production."
  • 13 November 2013, The European Commission features ISA's global biodiversity study in their news alert.
  • 17 October 2013, The German Süddeutsche Zeitung carries a feature article entitled "The underestimated greed", reporting on a study led by Prof Tommy Wiedmann and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA, using ISA's Eora database. The study shows for the first time that the decoupling of economic growth and environmental burden is likely to be less effective than previously thought. The study was also publicised by the ABC.
  • 16 September 2013, A petition aimed at phasing out all purse seine fishing within the Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone has been handed to Prime Minister Henry Puna by environmentalists and local residents of Mauke island, Andrew and June Hosking. Andrew and June participated in ISA's Sustainable Islands Project. The petition was signed by almost 100% of Mauke's voting population. "This matter must go beyond politics and must be tackled globally. The Cook Islands, as small as we are, are huge in ocean area, we have a voice internationally and mustn't be shy to use it. The Pacific holds around 12% of the world's population but 50% of its fish stocks. The big nations can no longer provide for their own populations, so now look to us for their fish supply. We have a massive bargaining chip here, bigger than oil. We have a responsibility to ensure there are fish remaining not just for the Pacific, but for the world." said Andrew Hosking in response to the overwhelming success of Mauke's petition. Future plans are about extending the petition outside Mauke and the Cook Islands. See reports at Radio New Zealand and Cook Island News.
  • 5 September 2013, ISA's research contributes to a study on the Material Footprints of Nations published in PNAS. The study revealed that the amount of raw material needed to sustain developed countries' economies is significantly greater than current indicators suggest. The study's findings demonstrate the need for policy makers to consider new accounting methods that more accurately track resource consumption. The publication has been picked up by the BBC News, in The Conversation, in Green Career, and on
  • 7 August 2013, Darian McBain's new research into mineral supply chains points exposes the grim social and environmental costs of our consumer electronics - Read More.
  • 24 April 2013, ISA's research on international trade and embodied carbon emissions features in a UK Committee on Climate Change report on the need to reduce the UK's domestic and imported emissions and address UK's competitiveness risks. The Committee on Climate Change is an independent, statutory body established under the UK Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to the UK Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.
  • 15 March 2013, ISA's research features in Australian Science.
  • September 2012, NeCTAR announces ISA-led large-scale Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory, in collaboration with Intersect, UNSW, CSIRO, University of Queensland, University of Ballarat, Griffith University, University of South Australia, and University of Melbourne.
  • 7 June 2012, ISA publishes results of ARC-funded research project in Nature, showing that international trade drives 30% of global species threats. ISA's findings are widely reported in the press, eg Le Monde, Scientific American, BBC, Reuters UK, El Pais, Die Welt, Volkskrant, 47News Japan, 24France News, Radio Canada, Straits Times Singapore, AsiaOne, Oesterreichischer Rundfunk, Le Matin (Switzerland), Ansa (Italy), El Silenciero (Mexico), Natur+Kosmos (Germany), SINC (Spain), El Comercio (Peru), COSMOS, J-Wave Tokyo Morning Radio, European Commission DG Environment Science for Environment Policy News Alert, Bayerischer Rundfunk, 9News, Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, Radio Australia, The Age, ABC Rural, Herald Sun, Brisbane Times, ABC Science, Canberra Times, as well as in Nature podcasts, blogs, and a commentary. For press releases.
  • 2 December 2011, ISA was one of the invited participants at a conference hosted by the APEC Secretariat in Singapore. Together with representants from the World Trade Organisation, the US International Trade Commission, Japan's Institute of Developing Economies, and the Moscow Higher School of Economics, Manfred Lenzen discussed uses of input-output tables as part of efforts to strengthen policy making in the Asia-Pacific.
  • 25 November 2011, ISA's journal article on the environmental "hinterland" of Australian cities has been voted Editor's choice by the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and is now free for download.
  • September 2011, Article in The Australian on the School of Physics' successes at the 2011 Eureka Awards. ISA's award is discussed at the end of the article.
  • 14 December 2010, ABC News report ISA's findings about Canberra's Ecological Footprint growing. See also full report.
  • November 2010, Manfred Lenzen visits the Pacific island of Niue in order to plan for a new sustainability initiative similar to that already realised by ISA on Norfolk Island. The visit is documented in a televised interview on Niue TV.
  • 3 September 2010, UK government's chief environment scientist Robert Watson speaks about research undertaken by ISA and the Stockholm Environment Institute in a BBC interview.
  • 21 June 2010, ISA is hosting the 18th International Input-Output Conference, which is also covered in the UniNews.
  • 15 January 2010, High-profile research conducted by ISA and ISA's UK partner SEI for the UK government has now reached the UK Parliament. A Private Members Bill has been put forward in the House of Lords - the Bill seeks to put in place a consumer emissions target (the current Climate Change Act which sets an 80% reduction target only deals with production emissions). Lord Teverson who initiated the bill said: "The Defra report considered the position in the United Kingdom in 2004 and came to the conclusion - I was surprised by the accuracy with which the figures can be worked out by academics - that the consumption emissions of the United Kingdom economy were some 37 per cent higher than our production emissions." The UK Parliament website has more information on the Consumer Emissions Bill.
  • 9 December 2009, ABC Radio National coverage of the Perth Town Hall public debate "Going Nuclear?" including Manfred Lenzen.
  • 15 September 2009, ABC Rural Western Australia story on ISA's research on low-carbon electricity technologies featuring Manfred Lenzen. Also broadcast in South Australia.
  • 31 August 2009, ABC Rural interview on low-carbon electricity technologies featuring Manfred Lenzen. Includes mp3 audio files for download.
  • 18 August 2009, The Lenzen report is mentioned in a speech to the Sydney Institute by the AWU National Secretary Paul Howes.
  • 30 July 2009, Manfred Lenzen's research for the Australia Uranium Association's commissioned report Current state of development of electricity-generating technologies - a literature review is featured in the Australian Financial Review's article Governments slow to come clean on coal
  • May 2009, Chris Dey is interviewed by Peter Switzer for Qantas radio Talking Business (see transcript);
  • April 2009, Chris Dey and the team are featured in Sydney Science, Sustaining our uncertain future;
  • December 2008, issue of Travel + Leisure, the Green Challenge article considers eco-conscious travel featuring Chris Dey;
  • 1 August 2008, BBC4 TODAY Interview about ISA and SEI's work for Defra UK, a calculation of the UK's carbon footprint, with Dr John Barrett from SEI and UK environment minister Phil Woolas;
  • 1 August 2008, BBC News, coverage of ISA's and SEI's calculation of the UK's carbon footprint;
  • March 2008, in the Black journal article Calculating your Business' Carbon Footprint, featuring ISA's data and algorithms;
  • January 2008, the British Government uses ISA's research on nuclear energy in its White Paper on Nuclear Power (see Sections 2.13ff).
  • 15 November 2007, ABC TV Catalyst show, featuring ISA's Chris Dey;
  • 13 October 2007, Pacific Edge article on ISA's Manfred Lenzen's presentation to local councils on ecological footprints;
  • 9 October 2007, Campus Review article on the University of Sydney's TBL project: "The bigger picture";
  • 18-19 August 2007, Sydney Morning Herald front page article on ISA's Environmental Atlas: "Top suburbs are costing the Earth";
  • 18-19 August 2007, Sydney Morning Herald article on ISA's Greenhouse Atlas: "Spending our way to climate change";
  • 3 July 2007, Sydney Morning Herald article "Into the meat of the issue", also in Brisbane Times;
  • 27 June 2007, ABC Rural program on how the "Ecological footprint is linked to income";
  • April 2007, Green is Good for Business (The Press UK) article about BottomLine3 software in the UK.
  • 30 March 2007, Sydney Morning Herald article on ISA's talks with Woolworths on food miles and carbon emissions of imported food.
  • 21 March 2007, ABC Rural news on water use and food prices;
  • 20 March 2007, G Magazine online feature on a comparison of the environmental impacts of buses and trains, based on Manfred Lenzen's study;
  • February/March 2007, CSIRO Ecos Magazine Issue 135 (p. 32) review of BottomLine3 software.
  • 10 February 2007, Daily Telegraph full-page profile on ISA's activities;
  • January 2007 issue of 'G' magazine: Rebecca Blackburn on ISA's comparisons of "Train Vs Bus";
  • 5 December 2006, ABC LateNightLive forum featuring Chris Dey and Manfred Lenzen: "Is Australia's Future Nuclear?";
  • 22 November 2006, ABC Local Radio show on nuclear options for Australia;
  • 19 October 2006, ABC Science Online report: "It's easy being greener";
  • 31 August 2006, ABC TV Catalyst show, featuring ISA's Chris Dey;
  • 9 August 2006, ABC Lateline TV show on the future of ethanol;
  • 25 May 2006, ABC News story featuring Barney Foran: "Environmental scientist flags impact of human consumption";
  • December 2005, WME article on BottomLine3 software;
  • 30 May 2005, Canberra Times article on the Balancing Act report: "Counting the ecological cost";
  • 25 May 2005, Sydney Morning Herald front page article on ISA's Balancing Act report: "Go figure: one swig costs buckets of water";
  • 24 May 2005, ABC News story on food prices and the environment;
  • 30 April 2005, The Age article refers to input provided by ISA in the report "The Ecological Footprint of Victoria – Assessing Victoria's Demand on Nature";
  • 4 November 2002, ABC Four Corners interview with Barney Foran: "Future Dilemmas";
  • 13 April 2002, EarthBeat Radio National broadcast featuring Shauna Murray and Manfred Lenzen: "Discarding the Bovver Boots: Ecological Footprints";
  • 15 March 2002, the UniNews carry an article about ISA's study on the School of Physics' Ecological Footprint
  • 9 November 2001, ABC Science News report: "Down-to-earth approach to Marrakech";
  • 20 July 1996, EarthBeat Radio National interview with Manfred Lenzen and Christopher Dey: "DIY Greenhouse Reduction";