Seagrass

Marine plants provide defence against climate change

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Seagrass, mangroves and salt-marsh ecosystems are able to develop strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Rebecca Dracup and Andrew Perren

New awards recognise engineering contribution to global humanity

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Two students from The University of Western Australia determined to highlight the humanitarian and development work done by engineers globally have created the Global Humanitarian Engineering Awards (GHEA) to honour their socially responsible colleagues.

Professor Shane Maloney (middle)

How will livestock react to global warming?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The threat to food production as a result of warming temperatures associated with climate change has triggered a collaboration between two of the hottest countries in the world to determine how future livestock production is about to be affected.

A soil researcher talking to a farmer

Digging deeper for soil carbon storage

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Many surface soils in Western Australia are already storing as much carbon as they can, according to research at The University of Western Australia and in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) and grower groups.

Coffee cup switch saves trees

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Reusable coffee cups are helping students at The University of Western Australia to put less rubbish in the bin - and send less waste to landfill.

Pingelly Field Day to showcase cutting-edge Future Farm science

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A giant inflatable plant cell, world experts on farm production and smarter ways to grow crops and produce livestock sustainably in increasingly hotter, drier conditions will headline a big program of events at this year's UWA Future Farm 2050 Field Day at Pingelly on Friday September 6.

Recycling expands at UWA

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

More than 90 tonnes of annual landfill is expected to be saved on The University of Western Australia's Crawley campus through the installation of public recycling bins.

UWA Facilities Management Director, Mr Clint Walker accepts the 2011/12 Waterwis

Water reduction achievements receive recognition

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The University's efforts to reduce its water use were recently recognised by the Water Corporation.

A Waterwise Business award was presented to Facilities Management in May, for reducing the University's scheme water use in the 2011/12 financial year by more than 10% per EFTSL.

Clint Walker and VC, Prof Paul Johnson take UWA's electric car for a spin

Taking the freeway to a low carbon future

Friday, 21 June 2013

UWA staff are driving one of only a handful of totally electric cars in Western Australia.

Facilities Management, which is committed to sustainability, took delivery of the Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV) in mid-May and, in its first week, about a dozen staff clocked up close to 300 kilometres in it.

A grateful student fills his water bottle at the refill station in the Guild Vil

Thirsty students say no to plastic bottles

Friday, 21 June 2013

 

Students have saved up to 15,833 plastic water bottles from going to landfill this semester.

But they haven't been going thirsty.

Improved wheat yields

Plant biology advances rapidly to help feed the world

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A series of new discoveries in plant cell biology will help to increase the supply of food and energy for our rapidly growing global population, according to 12 of the world's leading plant biologists.

PhD student Gar-Wing Truong

High-speed discovery helps measure greenhouse gases from space

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Scientists have discovered how to measure greenhouse gases 200,000 times faster as the result research by an award-winning PhD student from The University of Western Australia and a US team.

Spectral luminescence scan of coral cores

Pacific climate swings found to affect Western Indian Ocean rainfall

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Giant ancient corals off the coast of Madagascar have revealed that climate swings thousands of kilometres away in the Pacific Ocean have a major impact on rainfall variations in the Western Indian Ocean, adding new insight to managing water resources in a warming climate.

UWA consumers help farmers in developing countries

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The University of Western Australia was announced this week as the State's first Fair Trade University following its decision to switch to ethical and environmentally sustainable products in the workplace.

UWA staff enjoying Fair Trade certified tea and coffee in their workplace

UWA recognised for trading fairly

Monday, 18 March 2013

UWA staff and students can tick off their daily good deed just by sipping their morning cuppa or grabbing their afternoon chocolate hit. 

Fairtrade Certified products are now available freely across the campus and it has earned UWA the official status of Fair Trade University - the first in the state. 

All coffees sold by Guild Cafes are Fairtrade (and organic) certified and over 40 per cent of the tea and coffee savoured by staff is guaranteed to be socially and environmentally ethical.

Leaf pressure probe

Miniature probes help tackle climate change

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Promising research on the use of miniature pressure probes to gauge the water status of wheat leaves could ultimately help farmers adapt to the effects of climate change.

UWA research officer Sam Flottmann measures turf colour. Photo: Louise Barton

Investigating best water practices for Perth's parks and ovals

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Scientists are trying to find out how to keep public parks and ovals green while using less water.

Shark Bay study (photo by Professor Gary Kendrick)

Shark Bay lessons may help save Florida Bay

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Both Shark Bay, Western Australia and Florida Bay, Miami, are home to subtropical marine environments with similar geological chemical and biological characteristics but, according to The University of Western Australia's leading marine ecologist, we're not taking advantage of science that could lead to better sustainable management of these bays.

Degraded environment leads to social problems

Thursday, 29 November 2012

An individual’s problems can’t be treated in isolation from that person’s family, friends and community.

Water sensitive research hub set to change urban design

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The Perth Research Hub for an innovative new research centre that will focus on engineering, the social sciences and humanities, ecology, urban design and urban climatology, and water resources technology has been officially launched at The University of Western Australia by the State Minister for Water, Bill Marmion.