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About 80,000 tonnes of pollutant nitrogen enters the Great Barrier Reef lagoon each year.

The latest report card on Great Barrier Reef water quality shows signs of improvement, but the health of the marine environment close to the shore remains poor, driven by pollution runoff from the land. Among the good news is that pollution levels...

23 September 2015

The University of Queensland plans to add its own research innovation to a winning combination of sustainability and private enterprise which has been successfully developed in the Philippines. At a public seminar for the UQ Global Change Institute...

11 September 2015

In March 2015 the University of Queensland (UQ) commissioned a 3.275 MW photovoltaic research plant at its rural Gatton campus, 80 km west of Brisbane. The plant was funded under the Federal Government’s Education Investment Fund (EIF) program with...

7 September 2015

The theme for this year’s photography competition was ‘Food for Life: Consumption & Production’. The institute was looking for images that address the sustainable and unsustainable ways we produce, use and consume the planet’s resources.

4 September 2015
Domestic sewage is often  treated through centralised plants using a system developed in 1913.

The work mainly pertains to domestic sewage, which is now usually treated through centralised plants using activated sludge – a system developed in 1913 involving aerobic, anaerobic and anoxic conditions. Aeration consumes up to half the energy used...

3 September 2015
Mature renewable technologies will be a cheaper source of energy by 2025.

The debate about Australia’s 2030 climate target, and how much it will cost Australia’s economy, continues. Last month, Australia announced a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. Modelling by Professor Warwick...

3 September 2015
The SVII surveying corals in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii - August 2015

A team of marine biologists from The University of Queensland has witnessed first-hand the potentially damaging effects of rapidly rising ocean temperatures on coral reefs in Hawaii. High-resolution 360-degree images of affected corals have been...

2 September 2015
As ocean temperatures increase, marine life will likely move towards the poles -- animals and plants will expand their ranges.

How will climate change affect life in the oceans? In research to be published in Nature Climate Change* we, among several other authors, show that the answer is likely good and bad. Our study models how species might move in response to different...

1 September 2015
GCI Water Forum on 19-19 August  brought together more than 100 researchers each day from across UQ.

The Global Change Institute’s Sustainable Water program held the second annual UQ Water Forum on 18–19 August at GCI. The forum sought to foster collaboration, interaction and integration of water research within and beyond The University of...

24 August 2015
The Kimberley, future Asian food bowl – is it sustainable?

(A summary of Colin Kennard's 11 August presentation compiled by GCI's Dr Jane O'Sullivan) Colin Kennard combined his own experiences of the Kimberley as a ‘grey nomad’ with a wide range of sources of information and commentary, placing current...

14 August 2015
Where to put  Qld's first electric car charge station?

If you build them they will come – in this case if you build electric car charging points then you increase the chance of people opting to buy electric cars. So the Queensland Government’s decision last week to assist in the development of the first...

3 August 2015
Image: Bleaching in coral reefs at Fiji (Photo: Peter-Mumby)

All coral reefs suffer under climate change but the impacts on some countries are much lighter than would be considered 'fair' given their contribution to global warming and ocean acidification. A report published in 'Global Change Biology' has...

31 July 2015
In Ghana, tomatoes are an indispensable ingredient in the daily diet, used either fresh or in sauces and soups at most meals.

In Ghana about 90,000 smallholders grow tomatoes to supplement their income. Tomatoes, however, mean more than just cash. They are an indispensable ingredient in the daily diet, used either fresh or in sauces and soups at most meals. Tomatoes...

20 July 2015
Submersible: A team of marine biologists from The University of Queensland has discovered a specialised community of deep-water corals in Curaçao, an island in the Dutch Caribbean.

A team of marine biologists from The University of Queensland (UQ) has discovered a specialised community of deep-water corals in Curaçao, an island in the Dutch Caribbean. UQ Global Change Institute’s (GCI) Dr Pim Bongaerts and his team of divers...

20 July 2015
The IPCC has provided a special collection of ocean-related reprints from the Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The latest assessment by the IPCC (AR5) demonstrates with very high confidence that increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) are producing, and will produce fundamental changes to the physical, chemical, and...

16 July 2015

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