Thursday 25 August 2016

A lucky land! Australians can feed on an enormous variety of foods grown in their own country. Our favorites such as bananas we can buy every day of the year. We can put a locally caught prawn on the barbie on each of those 365 days. And we have enough surplus food to feed two-and-a-half times our population.

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Summer temperatures in early 2016 caused severe and widespread coral bleaching throughout the southern Indo-Pacific. Compared to earlier mass bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef in 1998 and 2002, 2016 is much more severe, with 50-80% coral mortality recorded on many northern reefs.

Thursday 11 August 2016

The environmental impacts of producing and consuming food has been investigated over the last decade using techniques such as environmental life cycle assessment (LCA).

It gives a reasonable picture of the environmental challenges and the influencing factors that need to be tackled. The presentation will introduce what we currently know from past LCA research, but probably more importantly what questions still need to be answered from the perspective of both the researcher / policy maker and the consumer.

Thursday 4 August 2016

South Australia is at the front-line of how to incorporate large volumes of renewable energy while maintaining reliability and system security, given issues related to renewable intermittency in an energy-only market. Wind generation comprises about one-third of total electricity load and about one-quarter of all residential properties have installed embedded solar PV generation.

Thursday 28 July 2016

Population pressure in rural areas places increasing stress on environmental resources and biodiversity, in turn undermining the livelihoods of rural communities. Environmental conservation efforts have often been perceived as conflicting with community interests for resource access. Family planning efforts have likewise failed to motivate communities. Over the past two decades, a grass-roots model of integrated development interventions has evolved, which combines

Wednesday 20 July 2016

The ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”.
In this context, the Paris Agreement sets a long-term temperature goal of holding the global average temperature increase to well below 2 °C, and pursuing efforts to limit this to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. While discussions around these temperature limits have been on-going for years, assessments of the implications of such levels of global temperature increase is still limited.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

To celebrate World Oceans Day on Wednesday 8June, the Global Change Institute will provide Google Cardboard goggles in the GCI Atrium from 11.00 am – 2.00 pm for UQ staff, students and visitors to experience a virtual dive.

Tuesday 7 June 2016

This seminar will explore the coming transition from a fossil-fueled economy to one fueled by renewable energy sources.  Drawing on nearly ten years’ experience teaching ‘Global Sustainable Energy’, Dr Porter will incorporate this knowledge into a framework that helps us to plan the way forward.  Any nation or region can use the past to construct a clear picture of the current status of local energy systems.  Such a picture would include consumptive use patterns for all fossil fuels and end-use sectors.

Thursday 19 May 2016

Sub Saharan farming systems are poorly resourced, highly diverse and aground by poverty traps making them rather impervious to change. As a consequence interventions usually result in benefits but also trade-offs and constraints to adoption.

Thursday 19 May 2016

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for water: Are they achievable, and what are the implications for global health challenges?

In South East Asia, one billion people lack access to ‘improved sanitation facilities’ and only half of the population in the Pacific Island countries have access to such facilities. Poor hygiene and unsanitary living conditions in remote Australian Aboriginal communities have contributed to children experiencing a higher rate of common infectious diseases than non-Aboriginal, urban communities.

Wednesday 4 May 2016 to Thursday 5 May 2016

The co-located Solar Energy and Energy Storage Conferences will feature over 100 fantastic local and global expert speakers.

5,000 delegates will attend this massive free-to-attend event across 2 action packed days. Click here to see the 3 concurrent expert steams. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend. Registration is essential.

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Due to its enormous scale, its impacts on the local and regional environment, and the consequences for climate change if it proceeds, the Carmichael Coal Mine proposed by Indian resources group Adani has been strongly opposed by conservationists and has been the subject of multiple court cases. The mine and some of the litigation against it have received heavy media coverage.

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Modern robotics and imaging technology enable rapid collection of large coral reef image surveys. However, the subsequent image-annotation required to extract data for ecological analysis is time-consuming and expensive, creating a ‘manual annotation bottleneck’ between collected imagery and required data. We present an algorithmic framework and a collaborative platform to address this bottleneck. 


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