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. 

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Join UQ sustainable water researchers on 22 March (World Water Day) for their insights into successful research collaborations in Argentina and Uruguay.

Argentina’s newly elected government means that Argentina is now ‘open for business’. Uruguay is a small but stable economy. Both countries are looking to develop their mining resources, but are aware that community, water, economics and other impacts need to be managed to avoid the negative legacies experienced by other countries in their region.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Aside from the momentous nature of so many nations coming together to work towards a global climate accord, what can we expect of the Paris agreement? Negative emissions, carbon capture, geoengineering and the future of coal are worthy considerations but what of the biodiversity impacts of simply containing a 1.5 degree temperature rise?

And how will developing countries leapfrog the fossil fuel age to join the race to control our warming planet? Join leading scientists and thinkers as they explore the implications and challenges of this new world order.

Thursday 10 March 2016

The world’s reefs are in a dramatic state of decline – over 50% of corals have been lost over the last 30 years due to pollution, destructive fishing practices, ocean warming and ocean acidification resulting from rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

According to the scientific community the decline is set to continue, and if so, will affect 500 million people globally who rely on coral reefs for food, income, and coastal protection.

Have we lost the battle or is there still a chance to preserve and protect these amazing global assets?


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