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). They were part of a new initiative to plan and design an exciting new community garden at UQ’s St Lucia campus. The well-attended two-hour workshop included an introduction to the project and the proposed site, talks from other community garden facilitators, and facilitated discussions to develop a vision, objectives and wish-list of elements for the new garden.
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 this week. In Sunburnt Country, Dr Gergis explores what Australia’s climate was like before official weather records began. At an event co-hosted by the Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society (Qld), Dr Gergis outlined how scientists use tree-rings, ice cores and tropical corals to retrace the past, while not forgetting the ancient oral histories of Indigenous Australians and their largely untapped knowledge and experience in this part of the world.
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 valid, although until now science has lacked the appropriate tools to quantify these characteristics. It has long been a UNESCO requirement to monitor aesthetic values of the Great Barrier Reef, but it has proven difficult for scientists to measure ‘reef beauty’ because many people describe almost anything associated with a reef as beautiful.
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. This was followed by another mass bleaching the following year. This was the first case of back-to-back mass bleaching events on the reef. The result was a 30% loss of corals in 2016, a further 20% loss in 2017, and big changes in community structure. New research published in Nature today now reveals the damage that these losses caused to the wider ecosystem functioning of the Great Barrier Reef.
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
Come and see the UQ Global Change Institute 'Living Building'.
Monday 26 February 2018
Like to see how a workplace in the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane operates with low energy consumption?
GCI Director Ove Hoegh-Guldberg meets up with HRH The Prince of Wales in London. Photo: Ian Jones Photography
Tuesday 20 February 2018
HRH The Prince of Wales has announced in London a global call to action to save coral reefs from complete global collapse.
“Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere that is leading to the transformation of civilization on every level,” Paul Hawken says.
Tuesday 13 February 2018
As part of his three-week Drawdown speaking tour, leading environmentalist, entrepreneur and activist, Paul Hawken is in Australia to share the research and findings of P
There are ways to analyse the strength of an argument without needing specialist knowledge. Photo: iStock #19606585
Thursday 8 February 2018
Much of the public discussion about climate science consists of a stream of assertions.
Despite glitter’s popularity in everything from cosmetics and toothpaste to crafts and clothes, remarkably little is known about the distribution or impacts of glitter on our environment. Photo: Hybrid
Monday 5 February 2018
When something fun or common is revealed to be destructive it should be a point of pride in our society that we adjust, adapt and move on to safer alternatives.
Photo: Peter Essick/Aurora Photos
Wednesday 31 January 2018
One of the world's largest and most complex scientific bodies, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has for the first time released its own media guide for
Bottlenose dolphins, are very coastal and subsist on small fish connected to reefs and smaller bays. Shutterstock
Monday 29 January 2018
The Red Sea is one of the world’s least studied regions when it comes to whales and dolphins – until now.

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