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UN Sustainable Development Goals concerned with water have attracted attention from UQ research scientists. Photo:  James Singladore - Rio De Quingua

The United Nations’ sustainable development agenda is ambitious but complex, and Australia will need to approach them creatively to attain them. That’s the warning from University of Queensland researchers in a new discussion paper, released ahead...

13 September 2016
According to the UN, nearly 70% of the global population will live in cities by 2050, making urbanisation one of the 21st century’s most transformative trends. Photo: Redd Angelo

The year 2016 is crucial for both food and cities. In October, UN member states will convene for the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, to discuss guidelines for sustainable urban development for the next 20 years. In relation to food, 2016...

9 September 2016
Lynette Molyneux says the energy sector is dealing with a complex mix of relationships between consumer trends, global commodity markets, and state, federal and industry regulation.

The energy sector is dealing with a complex mix of relationships between consumer trends, global commodity markets, and state, federal and industry regulation. Because large established companies in electricity generation and distribution and coal...

7 September 2016
UQ research suggests that the ailing health of the GBR has in fact given tourists a new reason to visit, albeit one that doesn’t exactly promise a long-term future. Photo: Dana Bowers

The health of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is declining – a fact that has not been lost on the world’s media. The issue has made international headlines and attracted comment from public figures such as US President Barack Obama and British...

15 August 2016
‘TROPIX101x: Tropical coastal ecosystems’ has been designed for people who want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems.

The Global Change Institute (GCI) offers two, free, online courses through edX, the world's leading consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are available to anyone with internet access, allowing millions of people worldwide to...

12 August 2016
A PhD equips people with the ability to think critically, to assess a problem in the context of the wider body of knowledge, and to produce original solutions independently.

The number of PhD students graduating from Australian universities continues to rise, with more than 8000 in 2014 and about one in three in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Our best estimates are that about half...

4 August 2016
Gatton heat pump diagram

Maintaining the temperature of large buildings uses a huge amount of energy, but a new system at The University of Queensland’s Gatton campus is doing just this, while using a fraction of the electricity. The Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) running...

29 July 2016
Bar-tailed-godwit (Photo: Dan Weller, Birdlife Australia)

Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published in Global Change Biology. The University of Queensland School of...

29 July 2016
High standards of health and well-being are unattainable without safe, clean drinking water, removal of toilet waste from the local environment, and healthy hygiene behaviours. Photo CAAMA

Nations are gathering in New York this week to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to improve health, wealth and well-being for countries both rich and poor. As a developed nation, it might be assumed that Australia will...

11 July 2016
Consumers also have a right to information on the environmental impacts and ethical consequences of their food choices.

Australia’s new country of origin food labelling laws come into effect on 1 July 2016. The new labels will indicate if food is grown or made in Australia and the proportion of Australian ingredients. The government has justified the new laws on the...

22 June 2016
People who fear the solutions to climate change, such as increased regulation of industry, are more likely to deny that there is a problem in the first place – what psychologists call “motivated disbelief”.

The fossil fuel industry has spent many millions of dollars on confusing the public about climate change. But the role of vested interests in climate science denial is only half the picture. Interest in this topic has spiked with the latest...

21 June 2016
Marine scientists working on the XL Catlin Seaview Survey were shocked to see as much as half of corals in Big Island and other sites in Maui, Hawaii had died as a result of unusually hot conditions in 2015.

University of Queensland scientists are concerned about news from the US National Ocean and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) that coral bleaching is likely to continue as hotter than normal ocean temperatures continue for the third consecutive year.

21 June 2016
Urbanisation, changing land practices, pollution and unsustainable fishing combine to mean more than 60 per cent of the world’s coral reefs are under immediate threat.

Researchers have distilled 40 years of coastal marine restoration studies into a set of powerful guidelines for anyone hoping to rejuvenate coastal habitats. University of Queensland Global Change Institute postdoctoral research fellow Dr Elisa...

9 June 2016
The key for any roadmap to deliver its intended outcome is the successful implementation of its proposals.

On Friday, the Coalition made a low-key announcement of its new Low Emissions Technology Roadmap. To be developed by the CSIRO, it will aim to “highlight areas of growth in Australia’s clean technology sector”. Unveiled jointly by the industry and...

26 May 2016
The Queensland Government has committed A$90 million over the next four years specifically for water quality on the Great Barrier Reef.

Current measures are not enough to protect the Great Barrier Reef, according to experts in a government report released today. After a year of careful analysis, the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce has delivered its final report to the...

26 May 2016


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