In the decades ahead, our mineral supply will still need to double or triple to meet the demand for electric vehicles and other technologies required by our growing global population. Photo: Johny Goerend
Wednesday 15 November 2017
Representatives from around the world are meeting in Bonn this week to discuss progress towards the goals of the Paris climate agreement. A large part of this challenge involves rapidly scaling up the deployment of renewable energy, while curbing fossil fuel use – but little attention has been paid to the minerals that will be needed to build these technologies. Wind and solar infrastructure, batteries and electric vehicles all require vast amounts of mined (and recycled) resources. These range from copper for wires and electric motors, to lithium and cobalt for batteries, to smaller amounts of rare metals like indium and gallium for solar cells.
Photo: Johny Goerend
Tuesday 14 November 2017
GCI Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is one of 24 international environmental experts called on by UNESCO to formulate a draft Declaration on Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change. UNESCO’s Executive Board has approved the draft declaration, along with a recommendation the draft be adopted by the next general conference of UNESCO in November 2017.
Emeritus Professor Ian Zimmer ... his legacy lives on.
Thursday 9 November 2017
Emeritus Professor Ian Zimmer was a key leader at The University of Queensland in the decades before his retirement in 2013. He was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) for a decade before holding the post of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) for five years until 2013.
The UQ campus already offers extensive green space.

The green infrastructure of our cities includes both publicly owned, designed and delineated areas and less formal, unplanned areas of vegetation — informal green spaces. These spaces account for a large proportion of urban green areas. However,...

8 November 2017
The GCI building incorporates six zinc-bromide battery towers with a total capacity of 288kWh

Opinion by Dr Ali Pourmousavi Kani: We are very close to an era in which every household owns a battery pack. In fact, don’t be surprised if you soon sit around the dinner table with your family to discuss available options for purchasing a battery...

31 October 2017
Image: Daniel Falcao

The federal government this month announced its long-awaited energy policy. As expected it has scrapped the Clean Energy Target proposed by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, and has instead adopted a National Energy Guarantee, which focuses on ensuring...

26 October 2017
Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin was among the first to welcome the IPCC lead authors to Malmö .

Sweden played host this month to a gathering of politicians, administrators and research scientists working on the next highly anticipated report on how climate change is expected to impact the oceans and cryosphere (glaciers, ice fields). Director...

25 October 2017

The Victorian government is proposing to ban single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags. First of all, for plastic bag devotees, don’t panic - there are alternatives such as paper, cloth and a range of other reusable bags (you can even use the...

25 October 2017
Graham Readfearn's podcast Positive Feedback

Graham Readfearn is a well-known Brisbane-based journalist who specialises in writing about science and environment for international media outlets. Graham also produces and hosts ‘Positive Feedback’, a podcast about climate change, denial, and...

19 October 2017
Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg Photo: Qld Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

As well as being among the first in the world to warn of the dangers climate change poses to the Great Barrier Reef, the Director of UQ’s Global Change Institute says he remains hopeful that enough can be done to save the reef for future generations...

18 October 2017
Prince Charles at the conference 'Our Ocean, an Ocean for Life' in Malta, Oct 2017

Standing before a dramatic blue backdrop, the UK’s Prince Charles opened the recent Our Oceans Conference in Malta by reminding his audience the world was heavily dependent on the Ocean. Hosted by the European Commission, the conference focused on...

13 October 2017
Maldives coral reef, 2016.  Photo: Paul Muir

A team of researchers led by a Global Change Institute adjunct from the Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ) has revealed that corals living in deeper reefs could be vital in the global effort to save shallow coral reefs. MTQ’s Coral Collection...

12 October 2017
Scientists from UQ’s Global Change Institute and XL-Catlin Seaview Survey have compared their semi-autonomous method for collecting coral reef images with conventional fixed-frame photographic techniques. Photo: Catlin XL Seaview Survey, Maldives 2015

University of Queensland researchers have demonstrated that rapidly emerging underwater data collection technologies can be as good if not better than conventional methods of marine investigation. Coral reef scientists from UQ’s Global Change...

6 October 2017
Is grass-fed beef a solution to improving the environment? Photo: Shutterstock

Beef gets a bad press, environmentally speaking. We’re bombarded with reports highlighting its high carbon footprint accompanied by images of belching cows and devastated rainforests. But is all beef bad? Some argue that beef from grass-fed cows has...

4 October 2017
Changing the way we use our existing infrastructure through pricing needs to be at the top of the agenda. This means charging motorists for the congestion they cause. Photo: R. Hohenhaus

The equation doesn’t look pretty. Traffic congestion costs us billions of dollars each year – so we are told – and population growth is not letting up. When road rage meets large economic costs, it’s little wonder our politicians are desperate to do...

3 October 2017


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