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

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...

13 July 2017
GCI Director Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg moderates a Q&A session after the Brisbane launch of "Climate Wars" with author Mark Butler (right).

GCI played host to Melbourne University Publishing’s Brisbane launch of Mark Butler’s new book Climate Wars, on Tuesday 10 July. The Federal Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy introduced Climate Wars to some 30 UQ academics, exploring the...

10 July 2017
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
Melbourne tram: iStock/ TkKurikawa

Urbanisation is one of this century’s most transformative trends, with over half the world’s human population now living in cities. City governments are increasingly aware of their potential role and responsibilities in managing the increasingly...

21 March 2017

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