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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
Bleaching on Lizard Island 2016. Photo: XL Catlin Seaview Survey.

More than half of the corals in many parts of the Great Barrier Reef are dying as unprecedented mass bleaching spreads across Australia's coral reef. That’s the verdict of University of Queensland Global Change Institute Director Professor Ove...

20 April 2016
Only 15 per cent of Australians are aware there is strong scientific agreement on climate change

A University of Queensland social scientist has confirmed 97 per cent of climate scientists agree global warming is caused by people. UQ Global Change Institute scholar John Cook has brought together the authors of seven previous research studies...

13 April 2016
Implications of the 2016 GBR bleaching event are not fully understood. Photo: Coral CoE

A new study has found that Great Barrier Reef (GBR) corals were able to survive past bleaching events because they were exposed to a pattern of gradually warming waters in the lead up to each episode. However, this protective pattern is likely to be...

12 April 2016
The Veefil chargers can provide a range of up to 70 kilometres for every 15 minutes of charging – about 10-times faster than traditional charging options.

The University of Queensland is embracing the future of sustainable transport, installing four solar-powered electric vehicle chargers at its St Lucia and Gatton campuses. The chargers are the first solar-powered fast-charging infrastructure to be...

7 April 2016

Tesla announced what it calls its “most affordable” electric vehicle in the Model 3 last week. The car can now be ordered with a deposit of A$1,500 in Australia (US$1,000 in the United States) but won’t be delivered until late 2017. Within hours,...

5 April 2016
Net electricity consumption from the grid of the Gatton campus has reduced by almost 40 per cent in the first 12 months.

The University of Queensland has slashed grid electricity use at its Gatton campus by 40 per cent since bringing Australia’s largest solar research facility on line a year ago. UQ’s Manager of Energy and Sustainability, Andrew Wilson, said the 3.275...

4 April 2016
If conditions stay warm for a long time, corals start to die either directly or indirectly from starvation and disease. Loss of corals is coupled to the loss of fish and other organisms that ultimately determine opportunities for tourism and fisheries for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

As we write, the much-cherished Great Barrier Reef is experiencing the devastating effects of coral bleaching. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has declared severe coral bleaching underway on the reefs north of Cooktown. El Niño and...

21 March 2016
The team will use the latest technology, including computer image recognition, and will survey multiple baseline sites established as part of the Global Reef Record.  Photo credit: XL Catlin Seaview Survey

The University of Queensland has been tasked with helping fight climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, just days after government agencies revealed an increase in coral bleaching and mortality. Director of UQ’s Global Change Institute Professor...

15 March 2016
The elephant in the room for proponents of coal-fired power for the rural, agrarian poor is that remote rural locations have no or little energy-intensive industry.

In our recent research, my colleagues and I tested claims that coal will help India’s poor, relative to the impact of alternative, renewable energy sources. We found that when you add up all the costs and benefits of coal – including positives such...

7 March 2016
Photo © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures / Department for International Development

Detailed analysis by UQ researchers of the costs associated with delivering Galilee Basin coal to India has called into question the project’s long-term viability.

7 March 2016


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