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
Relief funds can sometimes remove the incentive to buy insurance or take steps to reduce risks

University of Queensland researchers have found that more needs to be done to make coastal communities aware of the expected impacts of climate change. UQ researcher Dr Morena Mills and colleagues surveyed 420 people living in coastal areas prone to...

17 May 2016
The team sampled 12 sites (about 18 km of reef) spanning three locations in southern Taiwan.

In what represents a somewhat unconventional survey trip, this trip has felt a bit like being in a band, in that we have travelled the length and breadth of Taiwan in a bus stopping in three survey locations and loading and unloading our 370 kg of...

16 May 2016
An Ask Me Anything session about scientific consensus on the online forum Reddit generated 154,000 page views.

It’s been almost a month since the paper I co-authoured on the synthesis of research into the scientific consensus on climate change was published. Surveying the many studies into scientific agreement, we found that more than 90% of climate...

13 May 2016
Researchers estimate there is at least a 175 times increase in likelihood of hot March months because of the human influence on the climate.

The worst bleaching event on record has affected corals across the Great Barrier Reef in the last few months. As of the end of March, a whopping 93% of the reef has experienced bleaching. This event has led scientists and high-profile figures such...

29 April 2016
Politicians of almost all persuasions, as well as the majority of scientists, now agree that action needs to be taken on a global scale if the world is to continue to enjoy the benefits of a stable climate.

Labor has announced the climate policy it will take to the federal election, including a return to carbon pricing under an emissions trading scheme. The detailed policy includes multiple market-based mechanisms. Among these are an emissions trading...

28 April 2016
The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. The twin perils brought by climate change – an increase in the temperature of the ocean and in its acidity – threaten its very existence. – Sir David Attenborough

Over three weeks, Australians have been taken on an incredible journey through the biology, beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef, guided by Sir David Attenborough. As individuals who have had the privilege of working on the Reef for much of...

25 April 2016

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