L-R: Prof. Dr Ir Ambariyanto (Vice Rector for Research and Innovation Diponegoro University), Dr Emma Kennedy (Research Fellow, The University of Queensland), Puji Prihatinningsih M.App.Sc (Conservation Officer, Karimunjawa National Park Office) and Agus Prabowo S.H., M.Sc (Director, Karimunjawa National Park Office)
Friday 25 May 2018
Researchers from The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute have returned to Indonesia to resurvey coral reefs previously surveyed in September 2014. Working with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) on a program funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the main goal of the survey is to investigate the potential impacts of mass coral bleaching that affected the world’s coral reefs in August 2016. The research will focus on marine national parks in the Karimunjawa Islands off the north coast of Central Java, and Bunaken National Park in north Sulawesi.
Coral-algal interactions such as this are more relevant than ever given the rapidly degrading coral reef ecosystem dynamics. Photo: K. Brown
Thursday 24 May 2018
Tropical coral reefs are being degraded by human activities, and as a result, reef-building corals have declined while algae have increased. Recent University of Queensland studies have focused on measuring algal abundance in response to human impacts, however we don’t entirely understand how natural changes in environmental conditions influence algal abundance and the condition of coral reefs. A team of scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and UQ’s Global Change Institute undertook a two-year study tracking environmental conditions, reef composition and coral-algal competition across Heron Island, on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
People will listen more when they like what they’re hearing. Shutterstock.com
Wednesday 16 May 2018
It’s a well-studied fact that facts don’t speak for themselves. This is especially apparent with climate change. Some brilliant studies in the past ten years have shown that people respond to narratives about climate change, not raw facts. We also know that politics, not scientific knowledge, shapes people’s view of climate change. Hence deniers are generally politically conservative, regardless of scientific literacy. That means a climate change narrative that appeals to conservative values is a high priority.
The amount of landfill in Australia is expected to rise since China is no longer buying our recycling waste. But there are easy solutions to this big problem. Nicolás Boullosa/flickr, CC BY
Friday 27 April 2018
Ipswich residents have been told their recycling waste will now be dumped into landfill because it is too expensive for the local council to recycle. This is a result of Australia’s recycling industry crisis. China’s recent ban on imported solid waste means that most of our waste has been stockpiled domestically and is not being recycled. Last year alone we exported more than 600,000 tonnes of waste to China. Australia does not currently have the capacity to handle this volume.
More than 40 UQ students took part in the community garden workshop. Photo: @GCITweet
Monday 23 April 2018
A group of more than 40 UQ students attended the inaugural meeting of the community garden participatory workshop at the Global Change Institute this week (19 April).
L-R: Dr Michael Hewson, Dr Joelle Gergis and Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Friday 20 April 2018
More than 50 guests were treated to a hard-hitting overview of a new book by award-winning climate scientist and writer Dr Joëlle Gergis at the UQ Global Change Institute
Researchers from UQ and QUT interviewed participants after their 'underwater experience', and developed far-reaching implications for future monitoring of reef aesthetics. Photo: QUT
Thursday 19 April 2018
While reef scientists typically monitor ecosystem health indicators such as temperature, salinity and acidity, several easily observed aesthetic qualities are equally val
Staghorn and tabular corals suffered mass die-offs, robbing many individual reefs of their characteristic shapes. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Mia Hoogenboom
Thursday 19 April 2018
In 2016 the Great Barrier Reef suffered unprecedented mass coral bleaching – part of a global bleaching event that dwarfed its predecessors in 1998 and 2002.
GCI's Living Building is an example of how improved design can dramatically reduce energy demand.
Thursday 12 April 2018
If you’re reading this article in your office, chances are the air conditioning is set to around 22°C.
Emeritus Professor Hundloe's new book contrasts the plight of the Black-throated Finch with the plans of mining giant Adani. Bird photo by E Vanderduys
Thursday 29 March 2018
For the man affectionately known as the Green Viking, it was the launch of one of his smallest but most eagerly anticipated books to date.
Coral Reefs under Global Change
Tuesday 27 March 2018
The theme for the 2018 Global Change Institute photo competition is ‘Coral Reefs under Global Change’.
In January this year, the water temperature between the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea reached what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls Alert Level 2 – its highest alert for the risk of bleaching and subsequent coral death.
Tuesday 20 March 2018
An outbreak of coral bleaching has been reported over the summer in Gang Gurak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula, 60 km northeast of Darwin, homeland of severa
Come and see the UQ Global Change Institute 'Living Building'.
Monday 26 February 2018
Like to see how a workplace in the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane operates with low energy consumption?
GCI Director Ove Hoegh-Guldberg meets up with HRH The Prince of Wales in London. Photo: Ian Jones Photography
Tuesday 20 February 2018
HRH The Prince of Wales has announced in London a global call to action to save coral reefs from complete global collapse.
“Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere that is leading to the transformation of civilization on every level,” Paul Hawken says.
Tuesday 13 February 2018
As part of his three-week Drawdown speaking tour, leading environmentalist, entrepreneur and activist, Paul Hawken is in Australia to share the research and findings of P

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