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
The author, Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, at UQ's Heron Island research station.

If you read 'The Australian' or Britain’s 'The Times' this week, you might have concluded that concerns about ocean warming and acidification are all a big beat-up. Based on a study of the expert literature, the newspapers ran with a line that the...

4 March 2016
Coral bleaching, Heron Island, February 2016

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has released a statement on low level coral bleaching, prompting marine researchers to respond.

2 March 2016
Photo: Ron Hohenhaus

Forests are the lungs of the planet, so surely planting more of them could only be a good thing. It’s not so simple, according to Professor Karen Hussey from the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland.

15 February 2016

A formidable team of business, energy, and environmental experts will lead the public inquiry into establishing Queensland’s 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.

1 February 2016

UQ marine biologists have increased the speed of underwater coral image analysis by a massive 3400%. This technology has brought major advances in medical science and his team, in partnership with UC San Diego, has spearheaded its application for...

19 January 2016
In meeting the increased demand for food, the interdependence between water, food and energy will become more evident and highlight resource insecurities.

During 2015, more than 100 workshops were conducted globally by Future Agenda – an organisation specialising in stimulating debate about, and providing potential solutions to, the big issues and emerging challenges which will be faced by the world...

24 December 2015
World-renowned conservationist Sir David Attenborough is hosting a new documentary series about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

University of Queensland scientific research on the Great Barrier Reef is in the international spotlight with this week’s launch of an interactive website to complement a BBC television series to be released on 30 December.

23 December 2015
Sexual reproduction is vital to reef survival.

GCI research has pinpointed artificial light as a threat to coral reproduction, in a discovery that will help guide reef and marine ecosystem protection plans.

16 December 2015


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