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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 […]

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 […]