Graham Readfearn's podcast Positive Feedback
Thursday 19 October 2017
Graham Readfearn is a well-known Brisbane-based journalist who specialises in writing about science and environment for international media outlets. Graham also produces and hosts ‘Positive Feedback’, a podcast about climate change, denial, and everything in between. In a recent conversation between Graham and Global Change Institute Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, we discover that Ove “almost fell off the chair” when he realised how vulnerable the world's coral reefs would be to climate change.
Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg Photo: Qld Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Wednesday 18 October 2017
As well as being among the first in the world to warn of the dangers climate change poses to the Great Barrier Reef, the Director of UQ’s Global Change Institute says he remains hopeful that enough can be done to save the reef for future generations. Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg features in a new video created by the Queensland Government to showcase some of the positive initiatives currently under way to ‘preserve the wonder’ of the 2300 km Great Barrier Reef.
Prince Charles at the conference 'Our Ocean, an Ocean for Life' in Malta, Oct 2017
Friday 13 October 2017
Standing before a dramatic blue backdrop, the UK’s Prince Charles opened the recent Our Oceans Conference in Malta by reminding his audience the world was heavily dependent on the Ocean. Hosted by the European Commission, the conference focused on pollution, fisheries, marine protected areas, maritime security and blue economy. GCI director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg attended the invite-only event, along with a host of other high-profile guests which included Queen Noor, Prince Albert of Monaco, several philanthropists and the former US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Maldives coral reef, 2016.  Photo: Paul Muir

A team of researchers led by a Global Change Institute adjunct from the Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ) has revealed that corals living in deeper reefs could be vital in the global effort to save shallow coral reefs. MTQ’s Coral Collection...

12 October 2017
Scientists from UQ’s Global Change Institute and XL-Catlin Seaview Survey have compared their semi-autonomous method for collecting coral reef images with conventional fixed-frame photographic techniques. Photo: Catlin XL Seaview Survey, Maldives 2015

University of Queensland researchers have demonstrated that rapidly emerging underwater data collection technologies can be as good if not better than conventional methods of marine investigation. Coral reef scientists from UQ’s Global Change...

6 October 2017
Is grass-fed beef a solution to improving the environment? Photo: Shutterstock

Beef gets a bad press, environmentally speaking. We’re bombarded with reports highlighting its high carbon footprint accompanied by images of belching cows and devastated rainforests. But is all beef bad? Some argue that beef from grass-fed cows has...

4 October 2017
Changing the way we use our existing infrastructure through pricing needs to be at the top of the agenda. This means charging motorists for the congestion they cause. Photo: R. Hohenhaus

The equation doesn’t look pretty. Traffic congestion costs us billions of dollars each year – so we are told – and population growth is not letting up. When road rage meets large economic costs, it’s little wonder our politicians are desperate to do...

3 October 2017
A detailed underwater study was undertaken at 26 sites across the Maldives, south-west of India, as part of a XL Catlin Seaview Survey. Photo: Underwater Earth

Marine scientists at The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute have shown that local human activities negatively influence coral reef ecosystems in a series of complex interactions, some of which are poorly understood by science. A...

29 September 2017
Flagship Projects are a chance to undertake interdisciplinary research on global change issues. Photo: Erwan Hesry

Call for proposals to undertake interdisciplinary research on global change issues

28 September 2017
An old coal-burning power plant in China. REUTERS/David Gray

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this...

25 September 2017
Photo: (L-R) WWF’s Manuel Pulgar Vidal (Climate and Energy Practice), GCI Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, and WWF's John Tanzer (Oceans Practice).

Researchers from UQ and the Global Change Institute recently met with senior representatives from WWF International, discussing the organisation’s future science needs.

21 August 2017
Diana Kleine using a CoralWatch chart to measure coral health. Chris Roelfsema/CoralWatch, Author provided

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when confronted with reports of the second mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef in as many years. But there is a way to help scientists monitor the reef’s condition.

9 August 2017
Robyn Williams AM has been a member of the UQ Global Change Institute Advisory Board since its inception in 2010.

As well as being one of Australia’s longest-serving broadcasters, Robyn Williams AM now has another accolade to add to his already impressive lifelong list of achievements. Last Friday, The University of Queensland conferred Robyn Williams with an...

24 July 2017
New Netflix documentary Chasing Coral

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...

14 July 2017
“Our current energy transition – one of the great challenges,” Minister Frydenberg noted. Photo: Global Change Institute

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...

13 July 2017


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