The federal budget may deliver short-term gain, but long-term repercussions

A budget that could return to bite us on the backside – that’s what a senior University of Queensland economist and political scientist makes of the Australian Government’s 2017/18 financial strategy.

10 May 2017
Biodiversity will be one of the characteristics considered in identifying the most important reefs. Credit: The Ocean Agency, Jayne Jenkins

A list of the world’s 50 most important reefs to protect from climate change is being compiled by a global team of world experts led by The University of Queensland.

24 February 2017
Shallow reef at Emily's Pinnacles, Bermuda. © The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Christophe Bailhache

Deep coral reefs should not be relied upon as a “lifeline” for shallow reefs, a new study by University of Queensland marine scientists argues.

16 February 2017
The ocean is Melanesia’s lifeblood, sustaining a diverse range of natural assets such as fish stocks, coral reefs and mangroves. Photo: Catlin Seaview Survey

Marine scientists have proposed a prosperity path for Melanesia, in a report that values the region’s ocean assets at more than half a trillion US dollars.

18 October 2016
Bathing in the Ganges river. Photo: Rabin Chakrabarti

The University of Queensland’s leadership on water solutions will be heard by 3500 global delegates at the World Water Congress and Exhibition this week.

10 October 2016

The United Nations’ sustainable development agenda is ambitious but complex, and Australia will need to take a creative approach to it.

13 September 2016

New federal government country of origin food labels are a good start, but there is plenty of scope to go even further according to a University of Queensland researcher.

1 July 2016
The solar research facility at UQ's Gatton campus.

The University of Queensland has slashed grid electricity use at its Gatton campus by 40 per cent since bringing Australia’s largest solar research facility on-line a year ago.

31 March 2016
A before and after of coral bleaching in American Samoa: XL Catlin Seaview Survey.

The University of Queensland has been tasked with helping fight climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, just days after government agencies revealed an increase in coral bleaching and mortality.

15 March 2016
Researchers have calculated that a micro-grid infrastructure based on renewable energy would result in an estimated 79,000 jobs for the Indian State of Bihar. Photo © Abbie Trayler-Smith

University of Queensland analysis of the costs associated with delivering Galilee Basin coal to India has called into question the project’s long-term viability.

7 March 2016
Coral bleaching, Heron Island, February 2016

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has released a statement on low level coral bleaching, prompting marine researchers to respond.

2 March 2016
Sir David Attenborough, as he appears while introducing the interactive website

University of Queensland scientific research on the Great Barrier Reef is in the international spotlight with this week’s launch of an interactive website to complement a BBC television series to be released on 30 December.

23 December 2015
An Acropora millepora colony releasing gametes during broadcast mass spawning

University of Queensland research has pinpointed artificial light as a threat to coral reproduction, in a discovery that will help guide reef and marine ecosystem protection plans.

15 December 2015
Australia and the UAE face many similar environmental challenges – including those relating to marine ecosystems and food security.

UQ's Global Change Institute and the Sharjah Research Academy in the United Arab Emirates have agreed to a broad research collaboration to address global warming.

7 December 2015
Timor-Leste is one of the countries that will feel the worst impacts from climate change.

Twenty nations most endangered by climate change are expected to “bloc vote” at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this week.

1 December 2015
Picture: The Indo-Pacific region holds most of the world’s mangrove forests.

Mangrove forests around the Indo-Pacific region could be submerged by 2070, according to international research published today.

15 October 2015
The water system in Manila was dramatically improved

Until 1997, water supplies in downtown Manila were beset with infrastructure problems such as leaks, widespread unauthorised access and contamination.

11 September 2015
Expedition leader Dr Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero driving the SVII in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

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.

2 September 2015
Increased levels of CO2 in the ocean could alter the rate at which calcium carbonate dissolves in mussels, shell fish and other creatures.

International ocean scientists have issued a blunt warning to world leaders ahead of the November 2015 climate change negotiations in Paris (COP21).

3 July 2015
Extinctions are difficult to detect in oceans, but fossils are helping.

An international scientific team has used a 23-million-year fossil record to calculate which marine animals and ecosystems are most at risk of extinction today.

1 May 2015