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Wipe out kelp forest WA + GSR(Great Southern Reef)

(Kelp forest before (left) and after (right) the marine heatwave) …per report in journal Science, 5 years on from heatwave, these kelp forests show no signs of recovery. . ..Instead, fish, seaweed and invertebrate communities from these formerly temperate kelp forests are … Continue reading

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Are Australians really prepared to let the Great Barrier Reef die?

All over the world the Great Barrier Reef is making front page news. The world is watching how Australia exercises its duty of care over this most loved international icon.’As warming seas kill off one of the world’s natural wonders, … Continue reading

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Demise of Great Barrier Reef

Dr John (Charlie) Veron, otherwise known as ‘godfather of coral’, has been diving off the Great Barrier Reef for 45 years and says the level of deterioration reached so far means that in future, no-one will ever be able to … Continue reading

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After record, mind-numbing coral bleaching, what would it take to “Save the Reef”?

Prof. Terry Hughes tweeted this photo (below) on 2 May 2016: “In 1998, global warming #bleached and killed this mature thicket of Acropora pulchra. Note the recovery since then.” Bleaching killed this mature thicket of Acropora pulchra. The bottom line: If severe … Continue reading

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This election is our last chance to save the Great Barrier Reef

“Fund catchment and coastal management to the required level to largely solve the pollution issues for the Greater GBR by 2025, to provide resilience for the system in the face of accelerating climate change impacts. The funding required is large – of … Continue reading

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Greg Hunt: no definite link Adani coal mine and climate change

“Put simply, because any increase in net global greenhouse gas emissions was a matter of speculation, there was no need for or utility in the imposition of conditions.” Australian Conservation Foundation was represented by Environment Defenders Office Queensland. Case was heard … Continue reading

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Pollie Watch: Brandis questions climate science as reef bleaching worsens

Just a day after MP Ewen Jones put case for climate funds to finance 1.2GW coal fired power station near Townsville, Coalition Senate leader and attorney-general George Brandis revealed why the government thinks this might be a good idea….The new research on … Continue reading

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Only 7% of Great Barrier Reef remains unaffected by coral bleaching, scientists find

The National Coral Bleaching Taskforce conducted aerial surveys and underwater dives in 911 individual reef sites. They concluded between 60 and 100 per cent of corals were severely bleached on 316 reefs, with nearly all in the northern half of … Continue reading

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Underwater legend Val Taylor campaigns again for Coral Sea

At age 80, underwater legend Valerie Taylor returned to one of her early campaigns—battle to protect Coral Sea, one of the last places on Earth where coral reefs and ocean giants still thrive. The Last Sea Treasure is a documentary about what … Continue reading

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Great Barrier Reef bleaching event: what happens next?

Being at response level 3 basically means that the coral species that are normally most sensitive to bleaching, such as the colourful branching and table corals, have already moved from paling (and therefore some chance of recovery) to death…Furthermore, at … Continue reading

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