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At a study site in the Solomon Islands, a large earthquake in 2007 caused the land to sink relative to the sea surface – which provided the opportunity to see how the reef adjusted to relative sea-level rise. Photo: M. Saunders

UQ marine scientists have plotted the effects of a recent earthquake to model how coral reefs might behave under a rapid rise in global sea-levels. Coral reefs play a critical role in the life cycle of countless marine species, and reef fish are a...

9 November 2015

Coral reefs are structures created by coral animals and are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. They provide goods and services worth at least US$30 billion per year (and possibly much more) and support (through such...

26 October 2015
GCI's new  Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry -- John Cook.

The influential New York based publication 'Skeptical Inquirer' has elected GCI's John Cook as a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

16 October 2015
Mangroves are predicted to be submerged in parts of Thailand, Sumatra, Java, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Mangrove forests around the Indo-Pacific region could be submerged by 2070, according to international research published today.

15 October 2015
Understanding the sensitivity of reef-building corals to elevated temperatures allows us to ask the question: if sea temperatures are increasing, when does it get too hot for corals every year in the future?

This week, scientists registered their concern that super-warm conditions are building to a point where corals are severely threatened across the tropical Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. They did so after seeing corals lose colour across the...

12 October 2015
Photo: Electric circuits in a building Calcutta Kolkata India © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar/ CC-BY-SA-3.0

India’s formal climate pledge to the United Nations ahead of this year’s Paris summit highlights the crossroads at which the country’s electricity sector finds itself. On one hand, there is a very strong push to deliver more energy from renewable...

12 October 2015
A before and after image of the bleaching in American Samoa: XL Catlin Seaview Survey.

A global coral bleaching event expected to heavily impact the Great Barrier Reef has been confirmed by scientists from The University of Queensland and the National Ocean Atmospheric Administration.

12 October 2015
Surface air temperatures in the maritime Antarctic had risen by up to 2.8 °C over the past 50 years, at rates several times that of the global average.

Climate change will have a major impact on life in Antarctica this century, according to a landmark study published in Nature Climate Change. University of Queensland researcher Dr Paul Dennis said the study indicated that by 2100 there would be 25...

30 September 2015
Expansion of the shrimp industry has had heavy government support in Bangladesh.

Amy MacMahon's interest is in governance policies and gender power relations, and how agricultural adaptation responses are shaped by these influences. She painted a picture of a very complex and rapidly changing social and physical landscape....

25 September 2015
The hybrid cooling tower technology uses a combination of water and air cooling, depending on the conditions, and operates in the “dry” mode, which requires no water, for a majority of the year.

New technology from The University of Queensland could transform electricity generation, making it cheaper and more reliable for drought-affected areas. The hybrid cooling tower technology, officially opened at The University of Queensland’s Gatton...

23 September 2015
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

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