In 15 years, Germany’s renewable energy share moved from 6% to 31%, creating a renewable energy sector that employs 355,000 people.

In the wake of South Australia’s state-wide blackout, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged states to avoid “extremely aggressive and extremely unrealistic” renewable energy targets. In the midst of this discussion, the Queensland government...

18 October 2016
Nearly one billion people are undernourished globally and more than two billion adults were overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization.

The theme for this year’s World Food Day (16 October) is ‘Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too’. It’s an attempt to highlight the impact of a changing environment on agriculture and food security. According to the Intergovernmental...

13 October 2016
Dr Adrian Ward reminds us that forests, marine ecosystems, mountain grasslands and shrublands are all under threat from multiple stressors.

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation has showcased a University of Queensland study highlighting the value of carbon sequestered by high mountain ecosystems globally. FAO’s Mountain Partnership, involving more than 250 government...

12 October 2016
The view of the Chyulu hills from Tsavo West National Park. Photo: Flickr/Peter Steward

Over the past few months, huge swathes of Kenya’s Chyulu Hills have been on fire. The mountain range in eastern Kenya covers approximately 100 km. It’s an impressive sight, consisting of several hundred small flows and cones. Although fires were...

10 October 2016
Men bathing in Ganga River, West Bengal, India -- Photo: Rabin Chakrabarti

THE University of Queensland’s leadership on water solutions will be heard by 3500 global delegates at the World Water Congress and Exhibition this week. UQ Water Director, Associate Professor Eva Abal will outline some of the approaches taken by...

7 October 2016
GCI’s Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is a part of a group of scientists selected to scope on the structure two special reports on climate change for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC).

Director of UQ’s Global Change Institute, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg has been selected to help structure two special reports on climate change for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC). Professor Hoegh-Guldberg is...

4 October 2016
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

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