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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
UQ's Gatton Solar Research Facility

In defending the federal government’s decision to bar the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) from investing in wind and small-scale solar power, environment minister Greg Hunt explained to ABC Radio what he sees as the future direction for the...

14 July 2015
Nukunonu Atoll Tokelau. Photo UN-Ariane Rummery

Until recently, you might be forgiven for thinking that the oceans were a trivial component of Earth’s climate system, and that the consequences of change were minimal. After all, only 5% of papers published on climate change involve ocean systems....

5 July 2015
There’s compelling evidence that increases in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases  are already resulting in fundamental changes to the physical, chemical, and biological properties of our planet.

International ocean scientists have issued a blunt warning to world leaders ahead of the November 2015 climate change negotiations in Paris (COP21). In a paper published in the journal Science, a University of Queensland oceans expert and a team of...

3 July 2015
Green Turtle near Heron Island, Queensland

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt has announced the make-up of the Independent Expert Panel of 16 leading experts who will advise the government on actions and priorities relating to the Great Barrier Reef. As an Australian who is passionate...

30 June 2015
While many people in India live without electricity, it is looking less likely that Australian coal will supply it. Environmental Change and Security Program/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

“India needs Australian coal” is a view promoted by government and industry alike, most recently in the Institute for Public Affairs' latest report. The report argues that opening up Australia’s Galilee Basin for the export of coal to India will...

25 June 2015

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