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 government must address emissions reduction in any moves to save great barrier reef
government must address emissions reduction in any moves to save great barrier r

As claims and counterclaims swirl about the health of the Great Barrier Reef, it can be difficult to know what to believe. A good starting point is listening to Terry Hughes, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and listed last year by the journal Nature as one of the 10 people who matter most in science.Professor Hughes, who regularly surveys the reef, last week stunned his Twitter followers by saying 49 per cent of shallow corals had died after two summers of bleaching.
The loss of half of the reef's shallow water corals is a global-scale catastrophe. Photo: Steffen BinkeThis figure was given preliminary endorsement by Russell Reichelt, the chief executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. He noted there had also been an increase in cover

government must address emissions reduction in any moves to save great barrier r

As claims and counterclaims swirl about the health of the Great Barrier Reef, it can be difficult to know what to believe. A good starting point is listening to Terry Hughes, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and listed last year by the journal Nature as one of the 10 people who matter most in science.Professor Hughes, who regularly surveys the reef, last week stunned his Twitter followers by saying 49 per cent of shallow corals had died after two summers of bleaching.
The loss of half of the reef's shallow water corals is a global-scale catastrophe. Photo: Steffen BinkeThis figure was given preliminary endorsement by Russell Reichelt, the chief executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. He noted there had also been an increase in cover

government must address emissions reduction in any moves to save great barrier r

As claims and counterclaims swirl about the health of the Great Barrier Reef, it can be difficult to know what to believe. A good starting point is listening to Terry Hughes, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and listed last year by the journal Nature as one of the 10 people who matter most in science.Professor Hughes, who regularly surveys the reef, last week stunned his Twitter followers by saying 49 per cent of shallow corals had died after two summers of bleaching.
The loss of half of the reef's shallow water corals is a global-scale catastrophe. Photo: Steffen BinkeThis figure was given preliminary endorsement by Russell Reichelt, the chief executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. He noted there had also been an increase in cover

$18 million for great barrier reef projects 'too late': scientist

The Coalition government has announced $18 million for six projects to improve water quality and protect coastal habitats on the Great Barrier Reef. The Federal government announced $18 million in funding for six new projects to protect the Great Barrier Reef on Thursday, but a water quality expert says it is too little, too late. The initiatives, which are part of an ongoing water quality improvement program, address erosion of stream banks and gullies, an issue which is responsible for 70 per cent of the fine sediment runoff onto the reef, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said in a statement.Land-based runoff, which includes pesticides and nutrients from farms, causes serious damage to corals and seagrass and contributes to crown of thorns starfish outbreaks.“The projects are part of

$18 million for great barrier reef projects 'too late': scientist

The Coalition government has announced $18 million for six projects to improve water quality and protect coastal habitats on the Great Barrier Reef. The Federal government announced $18 million in funding for six new projects to protect the Great Barrier Reef on Thursday, but a water quality expert says it is too little, too late. The initiatives, which are part of an ongoing water quality improvement program, address erosion of stream banks and gullies, an issue which is responsible for 70 per cent of the fine sediment runoff onto the reef, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said in a statement.Land-based runoff, which includes pesticides and nutrients from farms, causes serious damage to corals and seagrass and contributes to crown of thorns starfish outbreaks.“The projects are part of

only an end to global warming can save the great barrier reef

Improvements to water quality or fishing controls don't prevent underwater heatwaves damaging coral, studies of mass bleaching events reveal The post Only an End to Global Warming Can Save the Great Barrier Reef appeared first on WIRED.

the great barrier reef's safety net is becoming more complex but less effective

Schematic of major changes to regime structure, context, and effectiveness over time. Different types of change influence the structure and effectiveness of the regime in different ways. Credit: PNASThe Great Barrier Reef is under serious threat, as the coral-bleaching crisis continues to unfold. These problems are caused by global climate change, but our ability to react to them – or prevent more harm – is clouded by a tangled web of bureaucracy.
Published this week, my latest research shows the increasingly complex systems for governing the Reef are becoming less effective.Earlier this month, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the National Coral Reef Taskforce confirmed that a second wave of mass bleaching is now unfolding on the Reef. The same week, the Australian govern

advisers call for dramatic re-think on great barrier reef

A handpicked expert panel advising the federal government on its plan to protect the ailing Great Barrier Reef has warned the strategy does not address the greatest threat facing the natural wonder – greenhouse gas emissions – and has called for a significant overhaul.The call to re-draw the Reef 2050 Plan follows an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching linked to rising water temperatures.Burning our futureVideo duration00:37Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:48Great Barrier Reef's coral crisisGreat Barrier Reef's coral crisisThe Great Barrier Reef is on track for another year of coral decline, this year affecting prime tourism areas.Burning our futureVideo duration00:37Video duration00:37Burning our futureBurning our futureOur leaders will fail us on climate if

advisers call for dramatic re-think on great barrier reef

A handpicked expert panel advising the federal government on its plan to protect the ailing Great Barrier Reef has warned the strategy does not address the greatest threat facing the natural wonder – greenhouse gas emissions – and has called for a significant overhaul.The call to re-draw the Reef 2050 Plan follows an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching linked to rising water temperatures.Burning our futureVideo duration00:37Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:48Great Barrier Reef's coral crisisGreat Barrier Reef's coral crisisThe Great Barrier Reef is on track for another year of coral decline, this year affecting prime tourism areas.Burning our futureVideo duration00:37Video duration00:37Burning our futureBurning our futureOur leaders will fail us on climate if

great barrier reef bleaching worse than first thought

The 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef suffered its most severe bleaching on record last year due to warming sea temperatures during March and AprilCoral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is worse than first thought and the impact will accelerate unless global greenhouse gas emissions are cut, scientists said Monday.
The 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) World Heritage-listed reef suffered its most severe bleaching on record last year due to warming sea temperatures during March and April.Initial aerial and in-water surveys showed 22 percent of shallow water corals were destroyed in 2016, but it has now been bumped up to 29 percent and with the reef currently experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of bleaching, the outlook is grim."We'r

back-to-back bleaching covers two-thirds of the great barrier reef

Unprecedented back-to-back annual coral bleaching events have affected two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef, with this year's event already leading to mortality of half the corals in some key tourist tracts, scientists say.Record-breaking warm waters along the Queensland coast has triggered widespread bleaching over 1500 kilometres of the World-Heritage-listed reef over the two summers, said Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.Love drug to save ReefVideo duration02:16Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:48Great Barrier Reef's coral crisisGreat Barrier Reef's coral crisisThe Great Barrier Reef is on track for another year of coral decline, this year affecting prime tourism areas.Love drug to save ReefVideo duration02:16Video duration02:16Love dr

scientists mobilize as bleaching resumes on great barrier reef

Coral researchers are remobilising to conduct aerial and underwater surveys along the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere in Australia as coral bleaching reappears for the second year in a row. The decision coincides with the release today of a study in the prestigious journal Nature warning the Reef's resilience is rapidly waning.

australia sees second year of barrier reef bleaching

Prior to the record mass bleaching in 2016, the coral had a few years between episodes to recoverAustralia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning many species would struggle to fully recover.
The 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) reef suffered its most severe bleaching on record last year due to warming sea temperatures during March and April.Bleaching is once again occurring, the government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said after an aerial survey off Australia's eastern coast on Thursday."Regrettably, the temperatures have been high on the Great Barrier Reef this summer as well and unfortunately (we) are here to confirm... a mass coral bleaching event for the second consecutive year," t

the great barrier reef's fate rests on slowing global warming

As such, the only surefire solution would be to take "urgent and rapid action" to slow global warming. While the faster-growing coral can usually recover in between bleaching events, that's not an option for others. Also, it's "no longer realistic" to hope that there will be an extended gap between events that gives the slower coral a chance to come back.Actually making that happen would be no mean feat, even if you limit the efforts to Australia. The Guardiannotes that both the national Australian government and the state of Queensland have been pushing for a coal mine that would not only contribute to warming through its emissions, but would require that ships travel over the Great Barrier Reef. It might require a rude awakening for officials to back away from policies that hurt coral re

coral bleaching may cost $1 billion a year

The Climate Council is warning unchecked mass coral bleaching could cost the Great Barrier Reef region $1 billion a year. Mass coral bleaching to the Great Barrier Reef could cost the region one million visitors per year, meaning a loss of at least $1 billion and 10,000 jobs, the Climate Council warns.Its latest report, to be released in Brisbane on Wednesday, warns intensifying climate change is pushing up sea surface temperatures and driving extensive and ongoing mass coral bleaching."The extraordinary devastation being experienced on the Great Barrier Reef is due to the warmth of our oceans, driven by the burning of coal, oil and gas," Climate Councillor Lesley Hughes said ahead of the report's release."It would have been virtually impossible for this to have occurred without climate ch

the truth behind the damage to the great barrier reef

Scientists and environmentalists are increasingly concerned about the health of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, but there are arguments that reports of its demise have been exaggerated. What are the facts?Who says what?According to Greenpeace, the reef, a UN World Heritage site, is deteriorating at an alarming rate and could disappear forever."Climate change is fuelling warmer waters, cooking the reef alive," says campaigner Alix Foster Vander Elst. "Once a coral is dead, it's gone forever."However, the Australian government, among others, dispute the severity of the damage."We have to put the facts on the table," environment minister Josh Frydenberg said in December. "The reef is not dead, it's not dying. It's resilient, it's healthy."Breitbart columnist James Delingpol

stopping global warming only way to save coral reefs

In this October 2016 photo provided by ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies scientist Andrew Baird survey healthy reefs between Mackay and Townsville on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. A study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef shows that reducing pollution and curbing overfishing won't prevent the severe bleaching that is killing coral at catastrophic rates. In the end, researchers said, the only way to save the world's coral from heat-induced bleaching is with a war on global warming. While local protection of reefs can help damaged coral recover, such efforts won't stop bleaching from happening. (Tane Sinclair-Taylor/ARC Center of Excellence via AP)Reducing pollution and curbing overfishing won't prevent the severe bleaching that is killing coral at catastrophic rates, accordi

reef damage could cost australia a million tourists: study

Damage to Australia's Great Barrier Reef could lead to a drop in tourism and the loss of 10,000 jobsMass coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost the region more than a million tourists a year and up to Aus$1.0 billion (US$760 million) in lost revenue, a study warned Wednesday.
Scientists said this week that coral bleached for two consecutive years at the World Heritage-listed site had "zero prospect" of recovery after researchers detected another round of mass bleaching due to warming sea temperatures. In a new study, Australia's independent Climate Council said that further damage to the 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) long reef could severely affect tourism prospects and cost around 10,000 jobs."This isn't just an environmental issue. The Great Barrier Reef is one of

new union chief sally mcmanus has a problem with facts

"We don't believe you've given a lawful reason not to answer."My regulator inquisitors were not impressed that I had refused to reveal my sources. Their threat didn't change my answer and wouldn't to this day.Great Barrier Reef's coral crisisVideo duration01:48Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:14Current laws are wrong: ACTU bossCurrent laws are wrong: ACTU bossNew Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus has told the ABC's 7.30 that she does not see a problem with workers breaking "unjust laws". Vision courtesy ABC.Great Barrier Reef's coral crisisVideo duration01:48Video duration01:48Great Barrier Reef's coral crisisGreat Barrier Reef's coral crisisThe Great Barrier Reef is on track for another year of coral decline, this year affecting prime tourism areas.Biggest

new union chief sally mcmanus has a problem with facts

"We don't believe you've given a lawful reason not to answer."My regulator inquisitors were not impressed that I had refused to reveal my sources. Their threat didn't change my answer and wouldn't to this day.Great Barrier Reef's coral crisisVideo duration01:48Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:14Current laws are wrong: ACTU bossCurrent laws are wrong: ACTU bossNew Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus has told the ABC's 7.30 that she does not see a problem with workers breaking "unjust laws". Vision courtesy ABC.Great Barrier Reef's coral crisisVideo duration01:48Video duration01:48Great Barrier Reef's coral crisisGreat Barrier Reef's coral crisisThe Great Barrier Reef is on track for another year of coral decline, this year affecting prime tourism areas.Biggest

great barrier reef assessed in wake of cyclone debbie

The damage to the Great Barrier Reef by Cyclone Debbie is still being assessed, but researchers say the storm could be both a blessing and a curse for the reef. Cyclones generate intense winds and destructive ocean swells that can damage delicate corals, but cyclonic weather conditions also cool down ocean temperatures which could bring relief to the reef in wake of record ocean temperatures last year.Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority spokesperson, Mark Read, told SBS News several factors lead to Cyclone Debbie being particularly destructive for the reef.“It was an incredibly big system … unusually Debbie spent quite a long time crossing the Great Barrier Reef as well,” he said.“When we put all those things together, the prediction is that the damage is likely to be widespread and p

great barrier reef assessed in wake of cyclone debbie

The damage to the Great Barrier Reef by Cyclone Debbie is still being assessed, but researchers say the storm could be both a blessing and a curse for the reef. Cyclones generate intense winds and destructive ocean swells that can damage delicate corals, but cyclonic weather conditions also cool down ocean temperatures which could bring relief to the reef in wake of record ocean temperatures last year.Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority spokesperson, Mark Read, told SBS News several factors lead to Cyclone Debbie being particularly destructive for the reef.“It was an incredibly big system … unusually Debbie spent quite a long time crossing the Great Barrier Reef as well,” he said.“When we put all those things together, the prediction is that the damage is likely to be widespread and p

great barrier reef assessed in wake of cyclone debbie

The damage to the Great Barrier Reef by Cyclone Debbie is still being assessed, but researchers say the storm could be both a blessing and a curse for the reef. Cyclones generate intense winds and destructive ocean swells that can damage delicate corals, but cyclonic weather conditions also cool down ocean temperatures which could bring relief to the reef in wake of record ocean temperatures last year.Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority spokesperson, Mark Read, told SBS News several factors lead to Cyclone Debbie being particularly destructive for the reef.“It was an incredibly big system … unusually Debbie spent quite a long time crossing the Great Barrier Reef as well,” he said.“When we put all those things together, the prediction is that the damage is likely to be widespread and p

australia's great barrier reef coral bleaching worsens

The coral bleaching situation in Australia's Great Barrier Reef has worsened due to widespread damages caused by warmer ocean temperatures, a media report said on Friday.
The first survey for 2017 was conducted on Thursday by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), over the area between Cairns and Townsville in Queensland state.
The agency's David Wachenfeld said that had given him enough information to "regrettably" confirm another mass bleaching occurred.
"We also have quite a few reports through our early warning system, the eye on the reef program," Wachenfeld told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Friday.
Warmer water temperatures resulted in the widespread bleaching of large areas of coral in the northern reef last year.
Scientists estimated that two

great barrier reef assessed in wake of cyclone debbie

The damage to the Great Barrier Reef by Cyclone Debbie is still being assessed, but researchers say the storm could be both a blessing and a curse for the reef. Cyclones generate intense winds and destructive ocean swells that can damage delicate corals, but cyclonic weather conditions also cool down ocean temperatures which could bring relief to the reef in wake of record ocean temperatures last year.Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority spokesperson, Mark Read, told SBS News several factors lead to Cyclone Debbie being particularly destructive for the reef.“It was an incredibly big system … unusually Debbie spent quite a long time crossing the Great Barrier Reef as well,” he said.“When we put all those things together, the prediction is that the damage is likely to be widespread and p

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