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New Netflix documentary Chasing Coral
Friday 14 July 2017
A new Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral, is about to hit the world’s small screens. University of Queensland’s Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was the chief scientific adviser on the documentary, which starkly records and reveals the impact of climate change on the world’s coral reefs.
“Our current energy transition – one of the great challenges,” Minister Frydenberg noted. Photo: Global Change Institute
Thursday 13 July 2017
Almost 400 people assembled to hear what the Australian Environment and Energy Minister had to say about energy, last night at UQ. Although Josh Frydenberg has only held his dual portfolio since September 2016, the level of detailed knowledge the 45-year-old former assistant treasurer brought to the podium impressed many. His academic qualifications – BEc (Hons), LLB (Hons) (Monash), MPhil (Oxford), MPA (Harvard) – didn’t fail to impress either.
Research highlighting the interconnections between food, health and environment will be required to support Australia’s claims to being a clean, green provider of food. iStock-635912088
Thursday 13 July 2017
Australia feeds a lot of people. As a big country with a relatively small population, we have just over two arable hectares per person, one of the highest ratios in the world. Our diverse soils and climate provide a wide variety of fresh food all year round. Historically we produce far more than we consume domestically. We sell about 65% of farm production overseas, making Australia a leading food-exporting nation. We therefore contribute to the food security not just of Australia, but of many other nations.
If built, the rail project will serve areas that already have comparatively good public transport services. Photo: Tiju Thomas

The Queensland government is pushing for the Cross River Rail project, a second railway connection through Brisbane’s CBD. In the state’s ShapingSEQ regional plan, advocates of the project claim it will remove a constraint on job growth by improving...

6 July 2017
One way to strengthen protection would be to redraw the boundaries of natural World Heritage Areas to include more wilderness.  Photo: Pavliha-iStock

Earth’s last intact wilderness areas are being rapidly destroyed. More than 5 million square-kilometres of wilderness (about 10% of the total area) have been lost in the past two decades. If this continues, the consequences for both people and...

4 July 2017
A new report paints a disturbing picture about the lack of hygiene in Aboriginal communities, that particularly disadvantages girls. Photo: bixentro/Flickr, CC BY

Basic sanitary products can be unaffordable, unavailable or too shameful to buy for girls and women in Australia’s remote Indigenous communities. A report released today, containing interviews with organisations working in multiple remote Australian...

3 July 2017
With obesity on the rise, there is less space for sugar drinks (Photo: Tookapic)

Many studies have looked at the potential benefits of a sugar tax in terms of the longer, healthier lives and reduced health expenditure associated with tackling obesity. But our new study goes one step further. It predicts that higher taxes on...

21 June 2017
Homeless children in Kolkata, India by Supriya Biswas, winner of the 2017 GCI Photo Competition

GCI’s photography competition just keeps on growing. The institute received more than 90 entries by closing, including a delightfully strong showing from photographers across many parts of India and Bangladesh.

1 June 2017
GCI's Prof Bill Bellotti featured in last night’s Pint of Science event in Paddington.

GCI's Prof Bill Bellotti featured in Brisbane's latest Pint of Science event last night in Paddington.

17 May 2017
No mention of climate change in the 2017 federal budget.

Deputy Director of the UQ Global Change Institute Professor Karen Hussey said the newly unveiled federal budget was top-heavy and short-term in its vision. “While this budget deals with the big ticket items like health and education, it's at the...

10 May 2017
Based on Superior Lithium Polymer Battery (SLPB) technology, the system is comprised of two battery banks, each feeding a set of two 300 kVA inverters.

A 600 kW, 760 kWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) has recently been integrated with The University of Queensland (UQ) Gatton solar PV plant. This addition to the Australian Government funded 3.275 MW pilot PV plant brings a new dimension to UQ’...

24 April 2017
Our cities and regions depend on the critical nodes and arteries that together comprise urban infrastructure systems. This includes energy, food, water, sewerage and communications.

Our cities and regions depend on the critical nodes and arteries that together comprise urban infrastructure systems. This includes energy, food, water, sewerage and communications. The positioning of critical infrastructure is crucial to our...

4 April 2017
A before and after image of coral bleaching and later dying in March / May 2016, at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, captured by The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Richard Vevers & Christophe Bailhache.

A new report has revealed a 32 per cent decline in coral cover of the outer reef slope communities in the far northern and northern Great Barrier Reef from 2014 to 2016.

4 April 2017
Lynette Molyneaux is a member of the Energy Economics and Management Group in the Global Change Institute

A member of GCI’s Energy Economics and Management Group has been awarded a highly competitive Queensland Government scholarship to help us better understand the Queensland's economy’s resilience to any future energy shock. Dr Lynette Molyneaux is...

24 March 2017
In a sample of 54 low-income countries, 38 per cent of healthcare facilities lacked a clean water supply, and almost one-in-five lacked improved sanitation facilities.

Two weeks ago the world celebrated International Women’s Day and today (22 March) is World Water Day. While these two international days of action are coincidently celebrated just two weeks apart, the connection between them is stark and very much...

22 March 2017


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