(L-R)  Beyond Zero Emissions Head of Research, Michael Lord and Wagners EFC Manager, Tom Glasby
Wednesday 13 June 2018
The UQ Global Change Institute, in partnership with Wagners EFC, recently hosted an industry workshop that focused on advanced construction materials to combat climate change. In an Australian first, more than 40 representatives from government, the university sector and industry took part in the half-day workshop at the Global Change Institute (GCI). The event was an opportunity to highlight the carbon-reduction potential of geopolymer concrete, to examine the constraints preventing wider take-up of these advanced materials, and to explore potential opportunities for research collaboration.
Winning image of Dendrogyra cylindrus or Pillar coral by Dan Mele.
Monday 11 June 2018
The winner of the Global Change Institute’s 2018 photography competition is Dan Mele for his beautiful photograph of Dendrogyra cylindrus – Pillar coral. According to Dan, Pillar coral has been vanishing fast from the Florida Reef, with the most recent reports documenting fewer than 80 known colonies remaining.
A 1.5 degree warmer world may result in vastly different outcomes at regional scales
Thursday 7 June 2018
In the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix, Neo (Keanu Reeves) is offered the choice between a red and blue pill to decide his future. UQ Global Change Institute Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said that unlike Neo’s simple binary conundrum, the climate change outcomes facing Earth were likely be a complex plethora of shades and colours, even if we were to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
 L-R: Prof. Dr Ir Ambariyanto (Vice Rector for Research and Innovation Diponegoro University), Dr Emma Kennedy (Research Fellow, The University of Queensland), Puji Prihatinningsih M.App.Sc (Conservation Officer, Karimunjawa National Park Office) and Agus Prabowo S.H., M.Sc (Director, Karimunjawa National Park Office)
Friday 25 May 2018
Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute have returned to Indonesia to resurvey coral reefs previously surveyed in September 2014. Working with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) on a program funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the main goal of the survey is to investigate the potential impacts of mass coral bleaching that affected the world’s coral reefs in August 2016. The research will focus on marine national parks in the Karimunjawa Islands off the north coast of Central Java, and Bunaken National Park in north Sulawesi.
Coral-algal interactions such as this are more relevant than ever given the rapidly degrading coral reef ecosystem dynamics. Photo: K. Brown
Thursday 24 May 2018
Tropical coral reefs are being degraded by human activities, and as a result, reef-building corals have declined while algae have increased.
People will listen more when they like what they’re hearing. Shutterstock.com
Wednesday 16 May 2018
It’s a well-studied fact that facts don’t speak for themselves. This is especially apparent with climate change.
The amount of landfill in Australia is expected to rise since China is no longer buying our recycling waste. But there are easy solutions to this big problem. Nicolás Boullosa/flickr, CC BY
Friday 27 April 2018
Ipswich residents have been told their recycling waste will now be dumped into landfill because it is too expensive for the local council to recycle.
More than 40 UQ students took part in the community garden workshop. Photo: @GCITweet
Monday 23 April 2018
A group of more than 40 UQ students attended the inaugural meeting of the community garden participatory workshop at the Global Change Institute this week (19 April).
L-R: Dr Michael Hewson, Dr Joelle Gergis and Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Friday 20 April 2018
More than 50 guests were treated to a hard-hitting overview of a new book by award-winning climate scientist and writer Dr Joëlle Gergis at the UQ Global Change Institute
Researchers from UQ and QUT interviewed participants after their 'underwater experience', and developed far-reaching implications for future monitoring of reef aesthetics. Photo: QUT
Thursday 19 April 2018
While reef scientists typically monitor ecosystem health indicators such as temperature, salinity and acidity, several easily observed aesthetic qualities are equally val
Staghorn and tabular corals suffered mass die-offs, robbing many individual reefs of their characteristic shapes. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Mia Hoogenboom
Thursday 19 April 2018
In 2016 the Great Barrier Reef suffered unprecedented mass coral bleaching – part of a global bleaching event that dwarfed its predecessors in 1998 and 2002.
GCI's Living Building is an example of how improved design can dramatically reduce energy demand.
Thursday 12 April 2018
If you’re reading this article in your office, chances are the air conditioning is set to around 22°C.
Emeritus Professor Hundloe's new book contrasts the plight of the Black-throated Finch with the plans of mining giant Adani. Bird photo by E Vanderduys
Thursday 29 March 2018
For the man affectionately known as the Green Viking, it was the launch of one of his smallest but most eagerly anticipated books to date.
Coral Reefs under Global Change
Tuesday 27 March 2018
The theme for the 2018 Global Change Institute photo competition is ‘Coral Reefs under Global Change’.
In January this year, the water temperature between the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea reached what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls Alert Level 2 – its highest alert for the risk of bleaching and subsequent coral death.
Tuesday 20 March 2018
An outbreak of coral bleaching has been reported over the summer in Gang Gurak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula, 60 km northeast of Darwin, homeland of severa

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