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December 9, 2014
Australian foreign minister says reef not in danger but what do her own scientists say?

Graham Readfearn Monday 24 November 2014 23.16 EST .The Guardian Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop should apologise for claiming the Great Barrier Reef is “not in danger” from climate change, according to enough scientific evidence to form a small coral atoll. Sorry. Too glib? When the minister representing Australia at the next major United Nations climate […]

September 2, 2014
Battle for the Reef

By Marian Wilkinson and Ali Russell. Four Corners and reporter Marian Wilkinson take you inside the agency that approved one of the most contentious environmental decisions this year. In January, the body tasked with protecting the Great Barrier Reef approved a plan to dump three million cubic metres of dredge spoil inside the marine […]

August 27, 2014
The Great Barrier Reef: The battle rages on

By Elke Nagy     Aug 24, 2014 in Environment. Once again, serious questions are being raised about the decision to allow the dumping of dredge spoil in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Last January, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) approved a plan to dump three million cubic metres of […]

Coal mining and fracking in Australia

Coal mining and natural gas extraction (fracking) in Queensland, Australia are expanding rapidly. Apart from the enormous additional CO2 emissions, the expansion of huge ports and dumping of dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) World Heritage Area have prompted UNESCO to consider including the GBR on their list of “World Heritage Areas in […]

Call for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to release full report after board members cleared of conflict of interest

February 25, 2014, 7:57 am Conservationists remain concerned about the make-up of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) despite it being cleared of any conflict of interest. A federal inquiry was ordered after claims two GBRMPA board members, Tony Mooney and Jon Grayson, held interests in companies that could benefit from expanding coal […]

‘The future is bleak for our iconic Reef’ – Prof. Callum Roberts

        Watch: The future is bleak for our iconic Reef Marine Biologist Prof. Callum Roberts explains the cost of dredging on the fragile marine environment of the Reef and the importance of looking after it for future generations.

November 13, 2013
Fears crown of thorns starfish plague will wreak havoc on Great Barrier Reef

Thu 7 Nov 2013, 8:03am AEDT. ABCNews Scientists are worried the Great Barrier Reef is on the verge of being hit by the most damaging crown of thorns starfish outbreak on record. Sections of the reef between Cooktown and Cairns are already in the grip of an outbreak, the fourth recorded since the 1960s. "At […]

Lawsuit Targets $3 Billion in U.S. Funding for Fossil Fuel Project in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

From: Editor, Center for Biological Diversity Published December 14, 2012 08:52 AM Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Export-Import Bank's nearly $3 billion in financing for a massive Australian fossil fuel facility in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Construction and operation of the liquefied natural gas facility will threaten sea […]

Crown of Thorns is a symptom of reef decline: let’s address the cause

Terry Hughes, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies James Cook University. 3 October 2012, A recent report on coral loss from the Great Barrier Reef has pointed the finger at cyclones and Crown of Thorns starfish. The real culprit is human activity, and until we reduce port activity and pollution, coral will […]