By 2050, climate change may well have robbed about 200 million people of their homes and livelihoods. In just 40 years, one person in every 45 people in the world may be displaced. but there is no mechanism yet in international law to deal with these people.
UWA lawyer David Hodgkinson is working hard to change that. He leads a small group of UWA law graduates, staff and a student in an international project to draft a convention for people displaced by climate change.
Greg Whyte makes jokes about ‘disturbed individuals’ whose sporting aspirations are at the ‘ludicrous end of the spectrum’; ‘nutters’ taking part in ultraendurance multi-day races across the Sahara Desert.
Leah Pitt (27), a final year Arts student, is taking her bid for more youth consultation in Indigenous affairs to the United Nations this week.
A single mother of a nine-year-old son and a full-time student, Leah also has a cadetship with the Australian Trade Commission, where she works one day a week on projects including Austrade's monthly newsletter, visitors and events, and a capability report for the oil and gas industry.
Acclaimed poet Emily Ballou has been shortlisted for the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Award for her book, The Darwin Poems.
Ballou won the Wesley Michael Wright Prize for Poetry earlier this year and has been shortlisted and highly commended for a number of other poetry awards. Published by UWA Publishing, The Darwin Poems is Ballou's sensitive and beautifully imagined verse-portrait of Charles Darwin's life.
Joining Dr Kay Cox's study to look at the effects of swimming and walking on women was the best thing Ros Clare and Trish Dicks had ever done.
"I couldn't swim 25 metres, and now I can easily swim a kilometre," Mrs Dicks (66) said. "From being someone who didn't swim very well, I now take myself off to an outdoor pool three times a week even in the middle of winter."
Nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and methane are the three biggest culprits in the environmental calamity known as climate change.
All three are greenhouse gases that researchers in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences have been funded by the Rudd government's Australia's Farming Future Climate Change Research Program, to investigate ways of decreasing from the Australian agricultural sector.
The University was at the epicentre of the fast and fierce hailstorm that wreaked havoc on Perth.
Worst affected were two buildings at the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre; the Nedlands campus, with the Education, Fine Arts and Architecture library hit by a mudslide; the glasshouses to the south of the Crawley campus; and the iconic Winthrop Hall, which had all the 80-year-old stained glass windows on the north side smashed.