Photo: Electric circuits in a building Calcutta Kolkata India © Jorge Royan / 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
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


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