Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Prof Alistar Robertson holds the Plan

Sustainability goals set for UWA

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Works have commenced immediately to achieve the ambitious targets set in the University's newly released Sustainable Development Plan 2011 - 2014.

Uni leading way in three Rs - reusing, reducing, recycling

Friday, 11 November 2011

The University of Western Australia is adopting a sustainable development approach which it hopes will provide an example of good practice in the community - and its new policy has the potential to affect as many people as the population of a WA regional centre.

Professor Carlos Duarte, Director of the Oceans Institute, UWA

Marine life off Australia most at risk from temperature changes due to climate change

Friday, 4 November 2011

Marine life in the areas to the north of Australia and elsewhere along the Equator, as well as the waters off Australia's east coast, have emerged as being at particular risk from temperature changes due to climate change, according to a study published today in the international journal Science.

Professor Stephen Hopper

Kew Gardens' chief scientist returns to UWA

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Internationally renowned plant conservation biologist Professor Stephen Hopper FLS will be stepping down as director of the world heritage-listed Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, UK, to take up a new Chair in Biodiversity at The University of Western Australia.

Geothermal delegation

UWA a global hotspot for minerals and energy research

Monday, 29 August 2011

The University of Western Australia today hosted a delegation of Ambassadors to the United Nations and the visit of more than 30 senior Government officials from across Africa to showcase its energy and minerals research, including in geothermal energy.

Photo by Gary Kendrick

Shark Bay seagrass 'potentially an $8 billion carbon sink'

Monday, 22 August 2011

Shark Bay's extensive seagrass meadows act as a massive carbon sink which stores more than eight billion dollars' worth of carbon dioxide if valued according to the Federal Government's proposed carbon price.

Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger

Chance of 'Eureka' moment for young leader

Monday, 15 August 2011

A research leader at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR), who is working to improve the way pharmaceuticals act on the human body, has been shortlisted for an Australian Museum Eureka Prize, for "Emerging Leader in Science."

Report highlights latest climate change research in WA

Friday, 12 August 2011

The Climate Commission will release its report The Critical Decade, Western Australian Climate Change Impacts at The University of Western Australia next Tuesday.

UWA’s CIBER group will have its bees on display

It’s our environment – give it an hour or so

Thursday, 4 August 2011

With spring less than a month away, it's a great time to celebrate our wonderful environment.

At UWA's Enviro Fest, on the Oak Lawn this Wednesday (10 August), staff and students can learn how to save power and water, hear expert opinions on climate change and the carbon tax, see how bees live and work together, sample honey and fair trade tea and coffee and even help plant a garden. 

Professor Ross Kingwell

Broad-acre farm response to climate change

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

A small team of researchers from the WA Department of Agriculture and Food, private consultants, The University of Western Australia and Curtin University are examining how broad-acre farms are adapting to a variable and seemingly changing climate.  The team has now been awarded national funding under priority research to assist Australian communities prepare for climate change.

Image by Lara McKenzie, The University of Western Australia, used with permissio

Amino acids give wheat better chance of surviving floods

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

What do liver cells have in common with wheat seedlings? The University of Western Australia's PhD student Rachel Shingaki-Wells has found that both cope with oxygen starvation better when fed three amino acids: glycine, serine and alanine.

Joe Sandon distributes reminders to switch off and save energy

Green Building program launched on Crawley campus

Monday, 6 June 2011

Staff are taking action to improve the sustainability of their workplace as part of the University's Green Building Program, launched in May.

The Sustainable Development section of Facilities Management are working with self-nominated Sustainability Coordinators to reduce the environmental impact and resources consumption of each participating building.

Programs in energy and water use, waste reduction and recycling, paper consumption, responsible purchasing, building ambience and transport will be introduced.

Big business of biodiversity dependent on seed

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Seed banks must become more than ‘stamp-collections' of species if global conservation efforts are to be successful, according to two eminent plant biologists.

Climate 'detectives' use clues from the past to predict future weather changes

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Drilling holes in trees across Australia and taking core samples from reefs at Ningaloo are two techniques being used to determine the extent of climate change in coming decades.

Whale of a TV tale .....

Friday, 15 April 2011

The work of a UWA researcher featuring rare pictures of endangered blue whales has featured on national television.

Smaller footprint the aim

Monday, 11 April 2011

Western Australia has recently joined a global network of 85 Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) promoting sustainability, thanks to an initiative by staff at The University of Western Australia.

Senior Chinese official visits UWA's Centre for Energy

Thursday, 7 April 2011

One of China's most senior and influential officials has visited The University of Western Australia's Centre for Energy as part of an Australian visit to promote bilateral relations.

Bike breakfast

UWA bike breakfast given green thumbs up

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Almost 200 university staff participated in the UWA Bike Breakfast in March, by swapping four wheels for two and riding to work. 

Sunfair 2010

Sustainable Living Expo at UWA

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

The annual Perth Sun Fair will transform UWA's Oak Lawn into a one-stop-venue for sustainable living this Sunday 10 April. 

Currie Hall initials

Earth Hour at UWA

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Staff and students celebrated Earth Hour last weekend in an effort to reduce their power consumption on campus and college grounds.

Almost 200 staff pledged to reduce UWA’s power usage over the entire Earth Hour weekend by shutting down their computers and diligently switching off lights, air-conditioning and equipment before leaving their workplaces.