Like to see how a workplace in the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane runs with no air-conditioning? Or what innovative materials were used to achieve a zero-carbon, sustainable building? Then register for a small group tour of the UQ Global Change Institute Living Building.
Monday 20 August 2018
Come along and be part of an exciting new initiative at the UQ Global Change institute that seeks to transform our attitude to plastic. UQ Sustainability week (20-24 Aug) is an opportunity to remind ourselves what we as individuals can do to reduce the environmental burden of plastic. As an independent source of innovative research, ideas, policy and advice for addressing the challenges of a changing world, the UQ Global Change Institute (GCI) seeks to raise awareness of the growing concerns that scientists have for the ubiquitous presence of plastic in the natural environment.
Tuesday 21 August 2018
Join Stephen Polasky, Regents Professor and the Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at the University of Minnesota, when he discusses how China is developing and testing a new measure of ecological performance, Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP), as a guide to securing sustainable improvements in both human well-being and the environment. GEP accounting can help reveal the social and economic contributions of ecosystems, highlight ecological connections among regions, guide financial compensation from ecosystem service beneficiaries to regions supplying those services, inform conservation policy and serve as a government performance metric. China will report GEP alongside Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the most widely used measure of economic performance. Here we describe the methods involved in determining GEP and provide an application to Qinghai Province. There is a great opportunity currently in China to track and report environmental performance with the same rigor as GDP. China’s unprecedented economic growth in recent decades has been accompanied by high levels of environmental degradation.
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Don't miss this rare opportunity to see and hear one of Australia's leading science writers. We are delighted to announce that Australian environmentalist Professor Tim Flannery will deliver the 2018 Challenge of Change Lecture at the UQ Global Change Institute on Tuesday, 25 September. Professor Flannery has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include the award winning The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into more than 20 languages. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly writes for the New York Review of Books.

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