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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.