Tuesday 29 December 2015

Please visit the UQ Sustainability Office's website for a full list of current UQ based events.

Tuesday 17 November 2015

The Challenge of Change Lecture Series presented by Ambassador Peter Woolcott, Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment

Australian Ambassador Peter Woolcott will speak about the expectations and the challenges of working in partnership with other countries on the environment.

Peter Woolcott will discuss the dramatic changes to the international system as a consequence of the diffusion of power and the emergence of states and entities. These changes are challenging both the existing institutional arrangements and the old way of doing business.

Friday 30 October 2015

Join The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute in celebrating 40 years of the ABC Radio National's The Science Show.

The University of Queensland and the Global Change Institute invite you to celebrate 40 years of 'The Science Show' on ABC Radio National -- showcasing the contribution Science Show host Robyn Williams has made to science communication in Australia.

Thursday 29 October 2015

Join our panel of researchers in a lively discussion where they each use an object to communicate the Anthropocene on a human, every day scale.

The human capacity to alter the biological and physical systems of the earth has provoked a proposal for a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.

Thursday 22 October 2015 to Friday 23 October 2015

A joint Griffith University - Global Change Institute event. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris will attempt to achieve an international, legally binding and universal agreement on climate and carbon emissions reduction. Irrespective of the outcomes, it is clear that developed and developing countries alike face fundamental challenges in achieving substantial carbon emission reductions.

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Despite mounting evidence that climate change poses significant threats to global food systems, climate risks to food security still tend to be framed as largely concerns for developing nations. Severe flood events in vital farming districts in south-east Queensland in 2011 and 2013, however, were clear reminders of food security threats closer to home.

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Mankind is at a crossroads. We need to increase food production by 70% by 2050 in theface of climate change, increased water and fertiliser demand, declining arable land area,environmental degradation and an affluent and rapidly-growing population with inequality risingquickly. But what about the one billion now living in poverty; many with insufficient money to buyfood and go to bed hungry every night yet we waste sufficient food that would feed these andmillions more.

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Projections for many subsistence fisheries in the tropics indicate a dramatic decline is looming in the coming decades. A decline in fish catch would have profound impacts on the health and livelihoods of these coastal communities. In this seminar, Dr Simon Albert will compare data from fish catches in 1995 and 2011 from a rural coastal community in Solomon Islands to examine the potentially changing coastal reef fishery at these time points.

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Agriculture accounts for around 14% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions with forestry, including forest clearing for agricultural expansion, contributing 10-17% more of the total. Animal agriculture alone has been variously reported as responsible for 7 to 18% of global emissions, with around 70% of this from the digestive process of ruminant livestock.

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Presented by Murray R Hall, PhD Candidate, Geography Planning and Environmental Management, UQ and Research Scientist, CSIRO

Some 300 years ago Jonathan Swift parodied resource recovery from sewage. Gulliver, in his travels to the Island of Laputa, met the Professor at the Grand Academy who sought to ‘reduce human Excrement to its original Food, by separating the several Parts, removing the Tincture which it receives from the Gall, making the Odour exhale, and scumming off the Saliva’ (Swift 2003) p168.

Monday 14 September 2015

Public lecture presented by Mr Virgilio “Perry” Rivera Jr, Chief Operating Officer- New Business, Manila Water Company, the Philippines.

Tuesday 25 August 2015

An important element of the water-energy-food nexus is the recovery of nutrients from wastewater to use as a renewable fertiliser source. Wastewater treatment plants are increasingly becoming essential recycling facilities for water, energy and nutrients – mainly phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium. Present research is focused on developing technologies which will allow wastewater treatment plants to operate as net energy producers and maximise the recovery of nutrients as a comparable product to existing supplies.

Tuesday 11 August 2015

The Kimberley is larger than Germany, but has problems of isolation. It has a wet cyclonic hot summer, and a dry winter. The roads are impassable in the wet. The ports have large tidal variations. Transport is a problem. There is a shortage of suitable labour to service the winter grey nomad tourist trade. Because of the Wave Hill decisions, indigenous people were forced to leave the pastoral industry.

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