An aerial view of the damage from flood waters after tropical cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique’s Sofala province.
EPA/ Emidio Jozine
The spate of high intensity tropical cyclones making landfall in Southern Africa has been tied to very warm sea surface temperatures.
Phytoplankton under a microscope.
Phytoplankton are tiny, but they do important work.
After repeated bleaching in 2016 and 2017 corals on the Great Barrier Reef are producing far fewer offspring.
Heavy rains driven by a cyclone in Sana’a, Yemen.
The frequency of intense tropical cyclones is increasing in the South Indian Ocean - a region that previously didn't have these.
The bird faces a wave of challenges – from climate change to human hunters.
The extent of future coral bleaching is likely to vary from place to place.
AAP Image/Bette Willis
Regional variations in sea temperature can make all the difference between a coral reef suffering major bleaching or surviving as a refuge for corals, new research shows.
This wood tower on Bikeman islet, in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, used to be on the sand. Now it’s in the water. Further out, locals fish.
A new study finds that even in best-case scenarios, the fishing communities most hurt by climate change are on small island nations such as Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and the Maldives.
Mangroves have died along a 1,000km stretch of coastline in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
In early 2016 reports appeared that vast swathes of mangroves had died in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It now appears heat and drought were to blame.
Coral reefs in Australia’s northwest have experienced severe bleaching and coral mortality in 2016.
Western Australia's super-corals are adapted to high temperatures, but even they didn't escape the recent bleaching event unscathed.
Bleached corals are still alive, but they are starving, and often die in the following weeks.
Months after record breaking coral bleaching, research teams are taking stock of the damage on the Great Barrier Reef.
Glacier melt is one of the major contributors to global sea level rise.
Glacier image from www.shutterstock.com
Global average sea level has risen by about 17 cm between 1900 and 2005, but we didn't know how much of that was due to us, until now.
Spencer Gulf at sunset in South Australia.
Australian Bureau of Meteorology
The summer of 2015-2016 was the hottest on record for Australia's oceans.
The land may be dry, but Western Australia’s waters are full of life.
The Great Barrier Reef might get all the attention, but what about our western coral reefs? Warmer waters and human impacts mean these reefs are in trouble.
The Cliffs of Moher look out over the Atlantic – but is the ocean endangering us on land?
Meet the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.
Whale sharks were one of the warm water species to move south during the 2010-2011 marine heatwave.
While eastern Australia trembles in the face of an El Niño, Western Australia's oceans could finally see relief from devastating marine heatwaves.
It’s getting hot in here.
If you're always above average, it's probably time to redefine what's normal. The new normal for Earth's climate is systematically rising temperatures.
Kelp covered landscape in Western Australia.
Western Australia’s marine environment is unique. Two world heritage areas, the largest fringing coral reef in Australia, and more than a thousand kilometres of underwater forests, supporting incredible…
Researchers deploy robotic Argo floats into the ocean to measure temperature.
The oceans are continuing to warm steadily despite an apparent slowdown in global warming at the earth’s surface, according…
Apollo Bay in Victoria. Australia’s coastal towns are vulnerable to changes in the surrounding seas.
Australia’s coastal towns, many built around fisheries and tourism, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. South east and south west Australia are marine hotspots — they are warming much faster…
I hope the coral in Greenland is this nice.
Fish are acutely aware of sea temperature; it’s one of the key reasons particular species of fish live where they do. As the oceans warm however, many tropical species are moving towards cooler climes…