We cannot climate-proof coral reefs by improving water quality or reducing fishing pressure.

The Great Barrier Reef has already been badly damaged by global warming during three extreme heatwaves, in 1998, 2002 and 2016. A new bleaching event is under way now. As shown in a study published in Nature today, climate change is not some...

17 March 2017
The 2017 Challenge of Change lecture was delivered by Australian financial journalist Alan Kohler.

It takes a special kind of talent to stand before a lecture room of 250 people; disappoint them with your first utterance – and leave them wanting more, 40 minutes later.

9 March 2017

The University of Queensland’s Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and his bold new plan to save coral reefs from extinction will feature on Monday’s episode of Australian Story.

24 February 2017

A list of the world’s 50 most important reefs to protect from climate change is being compiled by a global team of world experts led by The University of Queensland.

24 February 2017
The team focused on the relatively isolated reef system of Bermuda in the Western Atlantic ...

Deep coral reefs should not be relied upon as a “lifeline” for shallow reefs, a new study by University of Queensland marine scientists argues. Often highlighted as important ecological refuges, sections of coral reefs 30 to 60 metres deep can offer...

14 February 2017
Remotely operated vehicle being deployed on the Great Barrier Reef.  Image courtesy of XL Catlin Seaview Survey

Could the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea be home to vast deep-reef coral communities? GCI researchers have documented ‘deep reefs’ across 10 different locations on the outer Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea atolls, providing insights into the...

3 February 2017
The health of the ocean is approaching a turning point; many principal ocean assets are declining as a result of exploitation.

Few readers will have heard the term “Western Indian Ocean”. Yet, this 30 million square km of ocean off the coasts of 10 east- and southern-African countries supports some 60 million people living within 100 km of the shore. The annual economic...

26 January 2017
Emissions from coal power are the largest contributors to Australia’s total emissions.

As Australia’s energy debate heats up, some politicians are calling for cleaner and more efficient coal power stations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg told ABC radio on Tuesday that “ultra-supercritical coal-fired...

25 January 2017
Both Australia and Indonesia are heavily dependent on their extensive coastal regions and oceans for their food, income and well-being. Lkzz/www.shutterstock.com

In many ways, Australia and Indonesia represent ocean superpowers. The two neighbouring countries share huge marine resources and opportunities. At the same time both face increasing challenges to their oceans and coastal regions brought about by...

15 December 2016
The Carbon101x course is designed for business owners and policy makers who are sensitive to the potential market impacts involved in moving away from an economy reliant on fossil fuels. Photo: NASA

Businesses are being urged to manage their financial and environmental risks, and leverage opportunities in the emerging low-carbon economy as part of a free online course delivered by The University of Queensland. Lecturer Dr Adrian Ward said the...

5 December 2016
GCI's Dr Nina Hall was the only Australian researcher to present on SDGs at the UN Economic & Social Commission for the Asia Pacific meeting in Bangkok this week

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) invited GCI Sustainable Water’s Dr Nina Hall to present at their inaugural Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Week on 28 November.

1 December 2016
Professor Hoegh-Guldberg is widely respected for his research on the impacts of global warming on coral ecosystems.

The University of Queensland’s Director of the Global Change Institute has been honoured with the Banksia Foundation’s International Award. The annual award recognises a person who has made a significant contribution to improving the environment or...

30 November 2016
Despite major progress, contaminated drinking water leads to 340,000 child deaths each year from diarrhoea. Photo: Dang Thanh Lan

Countries have a lot of work to do to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. But development projects don’t always go the way you expect. A resettlement project in Laos recently provided taps and toilets as a way to...

28 November 2016
Keynote speakers at ICCCWAFS (L-R): Dr Andrew Borrell (UQ), Mr Jeremy Bird (DG, International Water Management Institute), and Dr Nils Vagstad (DG, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research).

A senior University of Queensland crop physiologist has told an international climate change conference in India that government policy and farming profitability must be considered if we are to expect farmers to adopt climate-smart technologies....

21 November 2016
Adoption of the New Urban Agenda at a conference in Quito, Ecuador, provided a framework to guide global urban development over the next 20 years.  Photo: Grace Muriuki

For a country with more than 75 per cent of its people living in its 20 largest cities, Australia must get urban development right. Urban food systems (including all the activities and outcomes from production to consumption) are at the centre of...

3 November 2016

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