Tuesday 29 September 2015

Agriculture accounts for around 14% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions with forestry, including forest clearing for agricultural expansion, contributing 10-17% more of the total. Animal agriculture alone has been variously reported as responsible for 7 to 18% of global emissions, with around 70% of this from the digestive process of ruminant livestock.

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Presented by Murray R Hall, PhD Candidate, Geography Planning and Environmental Management, UQ and Research Scientist, CSIRO

Some 300 years ago Jonathan Swift parodied resource recovery from sewage. Gulliver, in his travels to the Island of Laputa, met the Professor at the Grand Academy who sought to ‘reduce human Excrement to its original Food, by separating the several Parts, removing the Tincture which it receives from the Gall, making the Odour exhale, and scumming off the Saliva’ (Swift 2003) p168.

Monday 14 September 2015

Public lecture presented by Mr Virgilio “Perry” Rivera Jr, Chief Operating Officer- New Business, Manila Water Company, the Philippines.

Tuesday 25 August 2015

An important element of the water-energy-food nexus is the recovery of nutrients from wastewater to use as a renewable fertiliser source. Wastewater treatment plants are increasingly becoming essential recycling facilities for water, energy and nutrients – mainly phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium. Present research is focused on developing technologies which will allow wastewater treatment plants to operate as net energy producers and maximise the recovery of nutrients as a comparable product to existing supplies.

Tuesday 11 August 2015

The Kimberley is larger than Germany, but has problems of isolation. It has a wet cyclonic hot summer, and a dry winter. The roads are impassable in the wet. The ports have large tidal variations. Transport is a problem. There is a shortage of suitable labour to service the winter grey nomad tourist trade. Because of the Wave Hill decisions, indigenous people were forced to leave the pastoral industry.

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Presented by Professor Jochen Mueller, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Over 70% of Australia's agricultural income is derived from exports. While the trade of surplus agricultural production is regarded as a cornerstone in economic development, the world food market remains tightly regulated and protected. With on-going protectionism and the Doha Round failing to reach any consensus on agriculture at a multilateral scale, countries have been engaging in bilateral and plurilateral agreements (agreements) to bypass the impasse.

Wednesday 22 July 2015

Many factors have been related to the deterioration of Caribbean coral reefs. Among those factors, about 35 years ago a disease known as "white-band" almost drove two of the most prominent corals to extinction: Acropora palmata and A. cervicornis.

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Over the past decade, cities in the U.S., Australia, and other developed countries have emerged as the scale of governance best able to address climate change and other threats to environmental sustainability.

Wednesday 8 July 2015

During her expedition to The Great Barrier Reef in November-December 1987, Captain Cousteau’s exploration vessel “Calypso” was equipped with the small 2-man submersible SP-350.

Friday 26 June 2015

Network of Environmental Social Scientists Seminar

Presented by Dr Danielle Shanahan, School of Biological Sciences UQ

Thursday 25 June 2015

Presented by Mr Doug Yuille - Water Quality Policy Manager, WWF Sustainable Agriculture

Tuesday 23 June 2015

Mr Doug Yuille from WWF's Sustainable Agriculture program, and former manager of Queensland Dept of Environment's reef protection project will lead a discussion on 'Reducing the impacts of Agriculture'.



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